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Sonic The Hedgehog 4, as the title indicates, is a direct sequel to the classical series of Sonic platformers on the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis. The story continues after the events of Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, where Sonic and his friends spoiled the plans of Sonic's nemesis, Dr. Eggman (a.k.a. Dr. Robotnik), once again by destroying his Death Egg and returning the stolen Master Emerald. The victory, however, is short-lived, as Eggman is up to revenge and rebuilds and improves his greatest creations for the sole purpose of destroying Sonic once and for all.

The game does not only return to the original series in terms of story and title, but also in terms of gameplay. Sonic 4 is a classical 2D sidescroller like its predecessors and also features the same game mechanics as the old games. There are some new additions, for example the "Homing Attack" which locks on Sonic's jump on enemies, jumping pads or breakable items. One major difference are the graphics, as Sonic 4 uses polygons for the Sonic characters and prerendered graphics for everything else, so does not recreate the looks of its predecessors, unlike, for example, Mega Man 9.


Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Wii Zone and Act title
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Wii The Bungee
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Wii Leaderboards (connecting to the servers)
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Wii Special Stage [How to play]

Promo Images

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I HD" -- iPad title
  • "Project Needlemouse" -- Working Title

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Critic Reviews PlayStation 3 Oct 14, 2010 83 out of 100 83
Game Over Online PlayStation 3 Oct 22, 2010 82 out of 100 82
RetroManiac iPhone Dec, 2010 4 out of 5 80
NintendoWorldReport Wii Oct 12, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) PlayStation 3 Nov 26, 2010 71 out of 100 71 PlayStation 3 Oct 13, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution Xbox 360 Oct 20, 2010 B- 67
Generación Pixel PlayStation 3 Oct 17, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
The A.V. Club iPhone Nov 01, 2010 D 25 PlayStation 3 Oct 18, 2010 Unscored Unscored


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