Review by RetroMadMan89
Sonic's second Sega Genesis adventure for iOS devices is stunning in visuals and sound, offering everything you loved about the original 16-bit title and plenty more. And at a price of $0.99, this game makes itself extremely affordable.
As a long time owner of this app, it's clear that many improvements were made. The app originally started as a port of the original game save for a different start menu and the addition of a pause menu. As of version 3.0.0, players experienced a revamped version of the app featuring a remaster of the game with updated high definition graphics, widescreen format, improved audio, 60 fps frame rate, and the ability to play as Knuckles the Echidna. Also included in the game is a finished version of the previously unreleased Hidden Palace Zone, which was removed from the original game late in development. The game has Game Center support, with challenging achievements that add replay value.
Sound and music in the game are pleasantly remastered and allow the player to feel immersed in the gameplay experience. Everything sounds exactly the way it should without any distortion or audio lag.
Controls are ok, but unsurprisingly tricky to get a hang of as the player must use an on-screen directional pad and single jump button. Other than that, gameplay is smooth and seamless with no delay between button press and action. The game handles in a matter identical to its cartridge counterpart. This version of the game also keeps intact the level select and cheat codes availability. An added gameplay mechanic is included which allows Sonic to hitch a ride from Tails for a short period of time.
As for shortcomings, there really is no game breaking flaws. One missing gameplay mechanic is the ability to keep your rings after finishing the Special Zones as Knuckles. It is a minor detail, but worth a mention as it is probably the only flaw as far as gameplay is concerned.
All in all, this app is a must-have for any fan of the original Sonic the Hedgehog series. The things this game does right are done REALLY right, and the shortcomings are not major enough to make anything of a big deal. And the fact that it is only $0.99 in the Apple App Store makes it feel like an absolute steal. That's why, overall, this game gets a score of 9 out of 10.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 04/28/14
Game Release: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (US, 04/20/10)
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