What a Classic. One of the first games I had as a kid growing up. Sonic the Hedgehog if you weren’t already aware is a platform game, developed by Sonic team. The game was released June 1991 for the Sega Genesis. The game followed the little speed demon that was Sonic. Sonic’s quest was to defeat the evil Dr.Robotnik, who imprisoned animals in robots and stole the magical chaos emeralds.
Dr. Robotnik was a genius with an IQ level of 300, and his fondness for robots has made him a renowned authority on robotics. His ultimate goal is to take over the world and create his very own Empire, known as the Eggman Empire.
Anyone that will try and ruin is plans for world domination, and get in his way are his primary concern and threat.
Scattered around each of the six zones that sonic must traverse, are the golden rings that he needs to collect. Collecting these rings provides the player with an extra life, when they have collected a 100. But these rings could be lost as you progress through the levels, from getting hit by enemies or the environment. Rings act as a layer of protection against hazards: if Sonic holds at least one ring when he collides with an enemy or dangerous obstacle, he will survive. Once the rings have been used up if he gets hit again he will lose a life. This aspect kept you on your toes, trying not to get and lose one of your precious lives. Sonic’s main means of attack was his spin attack which he curled up into ball and spun into his enemy’s
There were also boss battles in the game which had a good retro soundtrack. These were always fighting the evil Dr. Robotnik and trying to destroy him so you could progress to the next chapter of the game.
What I loved about Sonic was that it was easy to pick up and just have a good time playing it. Nothing complicated about the game play, although some parts were challenging. Sonic has seen many sequels, after the first’s success, and has been recently updated and re-released on the PC, Switch, Xbox One and PS4. The new title Sonic Mania will hopefully re-kindle old memories and days of my youth and how I got into gaming in the first place.
- Release Date: June, 1991 (26 years old)
- Formats: Sega Genesis
- Genre(s): Platfrom.
- Developer: Sega, Sonic Team, Backbone Entertainment
- Website: Sega
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