Sonic The Hedgehog

  • Developer: Sega
  • Genre: Arcade/Action
  • Originally on: GameGear (1991)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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Game Overview

What more can be said about Sonic the Hedgehog? He is truly one of the biggest video game icons of all time and today I am taking a trip down memory lane as I look at his very first game. A game that right off the bat I have to say still is fantastic to play to this day. So put on your sneakers and get ready to run fast as we take a look at where it all started.

White Streak Flies By

When the original Sonic the Hedgehog was released it set the tone for what the series would be about for the rest of time! That is Sonic trying to stop the crazy Dr. Robotnik (or Eggman if you prefer) from using the Chaos Emeralds and enslaving a bunch of little animals. Not much has changed over the years, but the story back then and even now is more than enough to get you invested and want to help Sonic save the day.

Stay Out Of My Zone

The first game featured a ton of zones for you to play in and each one has three acts with a boss battle in the third act. What was cool about this over Sonic 2 was that this actually made each zone longer! I really like the variety in the zones as well. The lush Green Hill Zone, the mysterious Marble Zone, and my personal favorite, Labyrinthine Zone are just so much fun to play. Each zone is filled with secret areas that can have a power-up or an extra life so there is a bit of exploration here as well as the need for speed.

So Simple, But Fun

The core gameplay of Sonic the Hedgehog has aged like a fine wine. In this first game, you only have the ability to run fast and when you press down you can spin attack into enemies or crash through walls. Sonic can also jump on enemies and when it comes to power-ups you only have a shield, shoes that make you run faster, and an invincibility power-up. It is very simple, but it is also a lot of fun.

While Sonic is all about speed, I like how some levels such as Green Hill Zone are designed with you flying through them in mind. Others are designed with having Sonic slow things down a tad. There is a special stage if you can get 50 rings and this is where you can earn your Chaos Emeralds. Some of these are super tough and it can be a tad frustrating.

The Blue Dude With Attitude

Even after 30 years, the original game looks great. It moves at a blistering pace and I love the creative enemy designs. Each Zone has its own personality and this is amplified with a tremendous soundtrack that features some songs that are still used to this day. I really do think that this game holds up as a great looking game with an awesome soundtrack.

I do not see how anyone could not like the original Sonic the Hedgehog. It is one of the most important video games of all time and the best thing about it is that it is one of those classic games that when you go back and play it, it is just as much fun now as it was all the way back then. I have a hard time thinking that if you are a gamer you have not played the original Sonic, but if you have not…. what are you waiting for? Go and do it now!

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Final Score

Pros:

  • Sonic is one cool dude!
  • The game is a ton of fun to play
  • I love the soundtrack
  • Each Zone has a ton of imagination
  • The gameplay is simple, but very fun

Cons:

  • It really did set the bar high for the rest of the series
  • Some of the later special stages can be rather frustrating

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-100

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Sonic The Hedgehog supports single modeSingle game mode

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