Developer: Sonic Team / Publisher: Sega / Release Date: JP: 26/07/91, NA: 23/06/91, EU: 23/06/91, AU: 1996 / Format Reviewed: Sega Mega Drive / Other Formats: None / Players: 1
Sonic the Hedgehog is a platformer game that was released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991. It is the first game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and introduces Sonic, a blue hedgehog who can run at supersonic speeds, as he tries to stop the evil Dr. Robotnik from turning the animals of South Island into robots.
The game consists of six zones, each with three acts, except for the final zone which has only one act. The player controls Sonic as he runs, jumps, and spins through various obstacles and enemies. The goal is to reach the end of each act and defeat Robotnik in his flying machine. Along the way, Sonic can collect rings, which serve as both health and currency. If Sonic has at least 50 rings at the end of an act, he can enter a special stage where he can try to obtain a Chaos Emerald. There are six Chaos Emeralds in total, and collecting them all will unlock a good ending.
The game is praised for its fast-paced gameplay, colorful graphics, catchy music, and smooth animation. It is widely regarded as one of the best games for the Sega Mega Drive and one of the most influential platformers ever made. It has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and has been re-released on various platforms, such as the Sega Saturn, the GameCube, the PlayStation 3, and the Nintendo Switch. It has also spawned several sequels and spin-offs, such as Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, and Sonic Mania.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a game that every Sega Mega Drive fan should play at least once. It is a masterpiece of game design that offers hours of fun and challenge. It is a game that showcases the creativity and innovation of Sega and sets a high standard for the genre. It is a game that deserves its place in history as one of the greatest games ever made.