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Description

SEGA's mascot Sonic the Hedgehog made his debut in a famous Genesis title, but Sega's 8-bit systems got their own version of the platformer, featuring the same story and gameplay style, but different levels.

To stop the evil Dr. Robotnik, Sonic must traverse six zones consisting of three levels each. Most of the zones are based on those in the original game, but some are entirely new, including a jungle environment and a huge airship. Other unique differences are one level that scrolls automatically and one that is aligned vertically instead of horizontally. Most of the enemies (mechanized animals, defeated by Sonic's spikes when jumping or rolling) and power-ups (speed-ups, shields, extra lives) are the same as in the Genesis version as well. Sonic can pick up golden rings for protection (when hit, he simply loses all of his rings instead of a life) and bonuses: 100 rings gain Sonic an extra life, and 50 remaining rings at the end of a level allow access to pinball-themed special stages full of bumpers and springs. The final level of a zone is always a boss fight against Robotnik. Some of the boss fights differ in the Master System and Game Gear versions of the game, with special designs for the handheld version due to the smaller visible screen area.

Sonic should also collect the six Chaos Emeralds to keep them from falling into Robotnik's hands. In a departure from the original game, these are not hidden in the special stages but somewhere in the regular levels.

Screenshots

Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear A quiet moment inside the airship. Actually, I'm being followed by a wall full of spikes...
Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear On the top of the mountains there's a labyrinth... which is actually the city's sewers.
Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System Bonus
Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear Sonic can also run on trunks :)

Promo Images

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Sonic the Hedgehog Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "바람돌이 소닉" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Master System owners get to see what all the fuss is about. SEGA Master System Retro_Minded (21)
The same Sonic... with less speed SEGA Master System Katakis | カタキス (39781)
A great Sonic game that you can take anywhere! Game Gear Classix (101)
A True Classic: The start of the legend! SEGA Master System M.Allen (88)

Critic Reviews

Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Jun 10, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Joystick (French) SEGA Master System Dec, 1991 97 out of 100 97
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Jan, 1992 11 out of 12 92
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Feb, 1992 35 out of 40 88
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Jan 07, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Video Games SEGA Master System Dec, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Video Games Game Gear Feb, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Oct 02, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Retro Archives Game Gear Aug 30, 2017 16 out of 20 80
IGN SEGA Master System Aug 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75

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Trivia

Master System II version

The Sonic The Hedgehog version that came built-in the Master System II console lacks credits. Because ROM chips were very expensive at the time, the credits were dropped to make room on the small ROM chip for the necessary BIOS routines for the console. By doing this, Sega avoided having to buy bigger and more expensive ROM chips for the console.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • February 1992 (Issue 31) - Game of the Month

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