Sonic the Hedgehog

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North American Genesis box art.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a platform action game developed and published by Sega and first released for the Genesis on 1991-06-23. It is the first game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.


I had seen commercials for Sonic the Hedgehog long before I had played it. A middle school friend of mine had a Genesis and I played it at his house. I remember being very impressed with the way the game looked, but I found it to be quite difficult. I tried running through the game and kept hitting enemies, spikes, and various other hazards. All in all, I didn't enjoy the game, and, to this day, I still don't care much for Sonic games.


I do not own this game and I have never beaten it.


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Best Version: Genesis

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  • The game has fantastic background graphics, sprites, and animation.
  • Masato Nakamura's music is very enjoyable.
  • The evolving boss battles are pretty good. Nothing too crazy, but different enough to show a steady increase in the challenging.
  • In the few areas where it's safe to run fast, it's wonderful to watch Sonic moving at top speed.
  • Sonic dropping all his rings is a cool graphic effect.
  • The bonus stages are a nice break from the regular levels.


  • The plot doesn't make any sense. Why is Dr. Robotnik turning woodland creatures into robots when he's interested in obtaining the chaos jewels?
  • Getting a 1up from accruing 100 rings seems awfully derivative of the coins in Super Mario Bros.
  • Sonic is very slow and difficult to control when you have to go up hills without enough space to build up speed.


  • The game's main gimmick is that you can run fast, but, in reality, running fast will just get you killed. Since Sonic is centered on the screen, you have only a split second to react to hazards, not nearly enough for most humans. To stand a chance of success, you must slowly make your way through each section gently, avoiding the many hazards, until you have each level memorized; it's quite tedious.





Fan Art


Review - Segaiden.


Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Sonic the Hedgehog
Japanese ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Sonikku za Hejjihoggu Sonic the Hedgehog


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