Review by GSephiroth

Reviewed: 11/01/99 | Updated: 09/29/01

The blue bomber's first appearance is worthy of standing against Mario.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a game for the extinct Genesis, but it is still as fun as playing the new games now. You control Sonic, Sega's mascot in this fun and cute game. Your mission is to stop your nemesis Dr. Robotnik from destroying your home planet. It's not as easy as you think, though. You have simple moves such as jumping on the bad guy's head to knock them out. That's all you can do. Even the gameplay is simple, be warned, this game is sometimes freaking hard on certain stages. You jump from platform to platform, find a way of escaping a huge, and I mean huge maze while underwater, and try to destroy each of Robotnik's newest gadget he uses to knock you out. The gameplay is kind of cute with animals to save, but it can get frustrating during times such as speed stages. The graphics were top notch for this system and Sonic's animations were as fluid as those Super Mario games on the Super Nintendo. There is no distortion and every character has its own animations so you won't be encountering the same baddie twice. The sounds are pretty good from the explosion of Robotnik's gadget to the background musics. It was the best on this system for a beginning game. The replay value is kind of low because this game has no save feature and there are a lot of hard stages. There are secrets but who would want to find them all when you want to beat the game before your Genesis overheats? If this game was still out, I would buy it because the ten bucks for this good classic is very much worth it. Sonic the Hedgehog is a true classic for the old Genesis every Sega lover or Genesis owner shouldn't be left without.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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