Reviews for Sonic the Hedgehog [Playfire]


The beginning of a legend

Scorpy | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all Scorpy's reviews »

Sonic The Hedgehog is a fast-paced platformer built for the attitude generation. With some edgy tunes, badass art style and great level design, Sonic the Hedgehog is definitely one of gaming's cornerstone franchises. I really urge you to pick this up. The price might be a bit steep, but it's well worth it if you've never checked out this franchise.


The Start of the Blue Blur

CrimsonWizard | Jan. 7, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) is the first game in Sonic's long and storied game history. It was Sega's first really huge, commercially successful game in the United States, and fueled the start of the old 90's console wars. Does it hold up though compared to the platformers that came after it? I say yes. However, there are a few issues that can't really be helped. For those grew up playing Sonic on a Sega Genesis controller, it might feel a little weird playing with PC controller. Also, some effects such as the waterfalls can't be generated as well since the game relied on how the old boxy TVs of old worked and exploiting their quirks. That said, the game is still fun. Relatively tight controls in a game that invented the idea of a platformer built around speed. It's a little bit short, but each area has it's own personality, from the excellent sound track, to just the neat look of each area such as the fiery ruins of Marble Zone. It also brought the idea of the Big Bad (Dr. Robotnik) fighting you at the end of each leg of the journey, making him one of the most active bad guys in the industry. Overall, it's a fun platformer. A bit overshadowed by the games Sonic and Mario inspired over time along with their own sequels, but Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) is a classic and should offer you plenty of fun for the price of admission.


Gotta Go Fast!

AkaRai | Jan. 6, 2013 | See all AkaRai's reviews »

An extremely strong start to a series some would say has seen better days, Sonic the Hedgehog is the essential Sega classic game. The game that made them a household name, their most enduring mascot character. Sonic the Hedgehog is simply a must-have for Sega collectors. The evil Dr. Robotnik is capturing animals and turning them into robotic slaves. It's up to Sonic, The Fastest Thing Alive to stop them and thwart Dr. Robotnik's evil plans. This game was known for it's great graphics for the time, and fast-paced gameplay. Sonic can survive most any hit he receives, so long as he still has rings. Whenever he's hit, all his rings pop out, but if he manages to recollect them he can survive another attack. Various power ups make Sonic all the more deadly. If you're collecting Sega games, this game is pretty much essential.



Micepudding | Dec. 27, 2012 | See all Micepudding's reviews »

I played this as a little kid. It was awesome. Now? It's still pretty good, but compared to modern platformers, it doesn't hold its own so well. Sonic 3 & Knuckles far outshone this in the Nineties, and if you're looking for a retro platformer to pick up, that should be your first choice. On the other hand, Sonic fans will find a lot still to enjoy here.


Fun, but fun enough?

sweetcuppincake | Sept. 28, 2012 | See all sweetcuppincake's reviews »

This was a great game back in the day. Very different from anything else. The problem with playing it now is even when compared to the later Sonic games on Genesis, Sonic 1 feels old. It is very basic compared to what came after. I would only recommend it for completionists who want to own all the Sonic games. You will probably enjoy it, but not as much as the others, and you most likely won't come back to it.


Timeless classic

panz3r88 | Aug. 6, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Sonic the Hedgehog is the first of many similar games dedicated to the blue hedgehog, so you will find many elements typical of this game: the high speed, the bumpers and the special stage where you must collect all the chaos emerald to unlock Super Sonic. The game is short and quite easy, but it's always fun


Amazing classic

Babelfish343 | Oct. 25, 2011 | See all Babelfish343's reviews »

Sonic 1 is a true classic, and the start of one of the best platformer series up there with Mario. I will never forget the days of playing Sonic the Hedgehog late at night on the Sega Megadrive, and never getting tired of the game even after starting again over and over! Unique 2D platforming gameplay makes this game stand out, and in it's day Sonic the Hedgehog was one of the best titles on the Sega Megadrive/Genesis. The gameplay can be fast, though in many sections you need to stop running as there is some tricky platforming and you will die many times over. The music is very catchy and memorable, and the Green Hill Zone theme will never die! The levels are varied nicely, and there are some challenging boss fights, which sometimes lead to some frustration. In retrospect, Sonic 2 polishes up the foundations Sonic 1 laid down, but overall Sonic 1 is a great game and spawned one of the best franchises in gaming history.


An Old Classic

Mondu | Sept. 19, 2011 | See all Mondu's reviews »

This game is brilliant from the get-go. As it's an old game it feels old in the gameplay but the gameplay is still absolutely incredible. I much prefer the 2D 'speeding through the levels' Sonic than the current gen Sonic which plays in 3D and doesn't have the same feel of speed as the older games. The only downside is that the game can feel boring if you're not sure what to expect, each level is just you starting on the left and finishing on the right after lots of obstacles; much like many platformers of the time. It also feels like for most of the levels you can just hold down the fowards button and get to the end of the level without much opposition - aside from a few jumps or enemies. Great game nonetheless.


Fun at first, but it tarnishes quickly

pauljebe | Aug. 10, 2011 | See all pauljebe's reviews »

Sonic the Hedgehog was never as good as it should have been, and time has not improved it. The appeal of the Sonic games is that character is fast, and yet this original title is sorely lacking open areas that allow you build up speed for any length of time. On top of this the game is pretty difficult and obtaining all of the hidden crystals to reach the true ending of the game is even harder. Gaming has come a long way over the years and Sonic the Hedgehog is a brilliant example of how things used to be. The nostalgia factor here is huge and should not be overlooked. Older gamers will grin uncontrollably the first few times they fire this up, but the glow will fade as replay value is simply not present. You can save your game in this edition which is a huge advantage, but players looking for more longevity for their dollar should look to the sequels for a better experience.


Sonic Fun!!

etnies | Aug. 5, 2011 | See all etnies's reviews »

This game is loads of fun, very simple, great game play and nice music. If you never played the sonic series before you really should and this one is really good. Anyone can enjoy this no matter the age. Its a great classic and is a must play for all fans of the series as well as everyone else who has never played this before! Get It!


Slow it down and enjoy yourself

emwearz | June 28, 2011 | See all emwearz's reviews »

I was a Nintendo kid growing up, when Sonic came out I thought something might change, but it didn't, and it was not because the game was bad, it was because I played it wrong. There is a massive problem with the way people view this classic, they think its all about speed, which the game does have, but should not rely on, if you take your time and and slowly play the game I think you will find a very well polished platformer with a great challenge. You don't just have to hold down the right on your controller.


Indeed the fast and the furious!

niniendowarrior | June 13, 2011 | See all niniendowarrior's reviews »

Sonic the Hedgehog is a Sega classic that appeared on the Mega Drive/Genesis platform years back. Though it's a side-scrolling platformer at heart, it stands out from other titles by its emphasis on pure, sheer speed. Sonic accelerates really fast and goes through spiraling routes that are meant to dazzle players and give levels its distinct flavour. To add to its allure, this game thrives with very simple and easy to grasp mechanics while presenting incredibly tricky situations. Anyone can play it, but mastering this game is a different nature. Like a lot of the games of its time, Sonic the Hedgehog rewards the 'keep trying' mentality while the game continues to beat your head with a bat. The difficulty ramps up very quickly and it's very unforgiving. Equally frustrating is the consequence of running of lives as you'll be forced right back into square one. Sonic is split up to six stages with each one taking place in three acts. Each stage tune is very catchy and unique while the level themes are very creative and interesting. The game may seem very old at this point, but its visuals remain striking in a very retro way. Through each stage, Sonic also has the added burden of catching six chaos emeralds through this maddening pinball-esque stage that is a total contrast to the style of the rest of the game. You might have enjoyed the change of pace, but this one is equally difficult and frustrating. The rewards for getting them also don't necessarily feel all that special. Sonic the Hedgehog is a game that serves as a reminder of what the franchise once was. It's fast, it's dazzling, and it's bloody difficult. If you like all of that, then line up for one hell of a ride.


Sonic, When it was good.

Crowface | April 21, 2011 | See all Crowface's reviews »

This is the classic sonic game, and it was when it was like this that sonic was good. Some of the later games dragged down the series, but This is from the golden age of sonic. Even better, It has been made much prettier, combining the classic fun with the new graphics, to create a great game. Well worth the money


Run run run, fun fun fun

robertification | April 9, 2011 | See all robertification's reviews »

It's Dr. Robotnik! It's Sonic! This is sonic good old fashion style. Fun gameplay, graphics are better than you'd expect. The game is sometimes quite hard, but if you keep trying, you'll eventually pass. I've played this game 5 times through, and it's still fun. I will keep recommending this game to anyone I know, and therefore it's a must-buy!


Sonic Scrolling Games, the way it should be!

Truegamer | April 8, 2011 | See all Truegamer's reviews »

With the recent release of Sonic the Hedgehog four, Sega has obviously been reinvesting company time and effort into a HD version of this awesome classic, therefore many people might well wonder one thing, is the original worth the time or money? The simple answer my friends is yes, for those who love the new improved pc gaming with stunning visuals and extended game play - you might want to stick to the latest line of sonic stardom (if any sonic titles catch your eye that is?) but try putting those modern graphics aside for a moment and judge a game simply for its uniqueness, fun, addictive gameplay and pleasures - if this fits your criteria, sonic will be a high hitter. I for one fully believe this is worth the time, effort and money spent, just to relive how a classic Sonic game came to be and why the original team reverted to this style for the modern classic, this is how the little speedster should be, battling it out with scroll along monsters, going through several simple (but still challenging) levels on his way to beat the evil Dr. Robotnick (or whatever name they have given Sonics arch nemesis these days) my recommendation is too buy it, test it, and try it, and for only a few quid, i mean why not?!?