DescriptionThe evil doctor Robotnik has a new plan to take over the world. He has built a new weapon, the Veg-O-Fortress on Mount Mobius and with it, he is transforming all creatures into robots. Sonic sneaks into the fortress and tries to stop Robotnik.
Use Sonic as a pinball in 4 dangerous levels. Score points, get rings, collect Chaos Emeralds and destroy the boss at the end of each level.
- "STH Pinball" -- Informal title
- "Sonic Spinball" -- Japanese title
- "ソニック・スピンボール" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
|A tacky cash-in on Genesis' greatest platform game series.||Genesis||Gary Smith (65)|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Game Gear||Oct, 1994||10 out of 12||83|
|Sega-16.com||Genesis||Sep 03, 2004||8 out of 10||80|
|Power Play||Genesis||Dec, 1993||80 out of 100||80|
|Retro Archives||Genesis||Aug 28, 2018||16 out of 20||80|
|Sega Force||Genesis||Jan, 1994||72 out of 100||72|
|Video Games & Computer Entertainment||Game Gear||Sep, 1994||7 out of 10||70|
|Portable Review||Game Gear||Jul 31, 2007||22 out of 40||55|
|Retro Archives||Game Gear||Aug 28, 2018||9 out of 20||45|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Game Gear||Aug, 1994||17 out of 40||42|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Wii||May 18, 2007||4 out of 10||40|
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DevelopmentThis was the first (and thus far, only) Sonic game to be developed entirely in the USA.
On the final day of Spinball's development, the team was throwing their 'end-of-project' party when the Japanese group working on Sonic the Hedgehog 3 dropped in to see how things turned out. Among the group was Hirokazu Yasuhara, who, upon seeing the start-up sequence, wondered how the Spinball team talked Sega into paying for the rights to the original Sonic theme song. It turns out that the Spinball team was completely unaware that the rights for the original Sonic music belonged to Dreams Come True, who had become quite famous since the music was composed two years prior. Their asking price was more than Sega was willing to pay, so at the very last minute composer Howard Drossin whipped up a new opening jingle which became Spinball's theme.
ReferencesThe animals you free in the bonus games at the end of Toxic Caves and The Machine include Tails, as well as the supporting cast of Sonic the Hedgehog and the Archie comic book: Princess Sally, Boomer/Rotor, Bunnie, and Muttski. The Cluck bots that invade Toxic Caves and Lava Powerhouse are based on Robotnik's mechanical pet, also from the same show. Finally, the chicken bots circling the capsule in The March bonus are based on Scratch, one of Robotnik's incompetent cronies from The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Related Web Sites
- Board maps (Sega Master System) on SMS Power! (Detailed images of all the boards.)
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