Name: Sonic the Hedgehog
Genre: 2D Platformer
Review by Swift
I remember playing this game years and years ago, when I was around four or five years old, on my Sega Mega Drive.
It was among the list of the first video-games I ever played in my life, and for that, this game has a special place in my
heart as one of my favourite Sonic games.
The storyline revolves around a mad scientist named Dr. Robotnik who is trying
to conquer the world by kidnapping small animals and turning them into his robotic slaves. It's up to our beloved hero Sonic
the Hedgehog to save the day.
The gameplay is simplistic, yet addictive. It's a simple platformer, where you run through
the stages at top speed, jumping on top of robots to defeat them. There are obstacles throughout the stages which you have
to get past, which make the game just that little bit more challenging, which personally I found to be a good thing. The game
does not have a save feature, though due to the length of the game, and the fact that there is a simple cheat which grants
you level select, it means it's not really needed.
There are three Acts to a Zone, with six Zones overall (not counting
the Final Zone). While most levels require you to run through stages, destroying robots and getting past obstacles, there
are also Special Stages where you must roll around in a moving labyrinth to reach the ever-so important Chaos Emerald. Collecting
all six will give you the good ending once you complete the game, whereas you will be asked to go back and get them all if
you fail to get them all by the end of the game.
The graphics look really good for it's age; colourful, simplistic
and visually impressive. I found them rather pleasing to the eye. The sounds are pleasant and, for the most part, upbeat and
catchy. The sound effects are good, and something you'll learn to associate with Sonic quick.
Overall, I recommend
this game for definite. If you still have a Mega Drive/Genesis, then get this if you haven't got it already. If you've got
a Wii, download this game. You will not regret it.