Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD/1993)

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Story: 

Sonic meets Princess Sally (also known as Amy Rose), a new character introduced who is on her way to Never Lake where a planet comes out once a year for thirty days and bears seven time stones. Meanwhile, Dr. Ivo Robotnick is plotting his take over and destruction of the planet using the time stones. Then, a robot resembling Sonic, Metal Sonic, kidnaps Amy/Sally. Now you the player must take control of Sonic, rescue Amy, retrieve the time stones, and save the planet from evil.

Graphics: 

Some of the best colorful 2D graphics around, making full use of Mode 7. Also included is sprite rotation and scaling that gives you a pseudo-3D like effect. Being that this is the Sega CD console, there are of course fantastic FMVs with plenty of detail. This is pretty much a 2D game with 3D graphics.

Controls: 

If you’ve played any other game in the ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ series, then the controls here are no stranger whatsoever. Even for those of you who haven’t, it’s really easy to pick up on, heck, kids in elementary school were playing this for all it was worth back in the day. Fluid controls with easy instructions to understand.

Gameplay: 

Another traditional 2D platformer in the ‘Sonic’ franchise. “Sonic The Hedgehog CD” contains bits and pieces from the previous entries in the franchise, the gameplay is the same as always, you as Sonic destroy robots and collect rings. As with the other games in the series, there are three acts: two involving regular gameplay and the last containing a boss. If you get too close to a spike hazard or what have you, simply retrieve all of your rings before they disappear; if you get hurt without having any rings at all, kiss your lives goodbye.

The major differences here are robot generators and time travel. You must complete a special stage to obtain one of the time stones mentioned in the game’s plot, you will run around and destroy bad guys/UFOs before you are finally rewarded it. There is a heavydose of time travel elements in this game as you will go to the past, present, and future (however, you start out in the present, of course). There are also two endings, one good and one bad.

Overall: 

“Sonic The Hedgehog CD” proves itself as one of the very best games to ever hit the Sega CD/Mega CD drive console. Unfortunately, the unpopularity of the Sega CD/Mega CD hurt the game’s popularity, making it not as commercially successful as the previous installments in the ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ franchise.

It is however a worthy addition to the ‘Sonic’ series and is a rare gem on the Sega CD console which, for the most part, didn’t completely produce many great games.

Rating: ****

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