Sonic the Hedgehog

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The evil scientist Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) has snatched the poor animals of South Island and turned them into robots.

Only one hero can defeat Dr. Eggman and rescue the animals from his vile clutches – it’s the super-cool hedgehog with the blue spiky hair, Sonic!

Customer reviews


Still One of Sonic's Best Outings

13th | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all 13th's reviews »

Even though this is Sonic's very 1st outing, it still to me remains as one of his best games. it's hard to pick a single moment that really stands out in this game. Though the fights against Dr. Eggman (who at that time was called Dr. Robotnik) are the moments in this game that I do enjoy. Not to mention the Special Stages which can only be accessed by having 50 rings as you cross the finish line in the 1st two acts of each stage. The music has also stood the test of time, I find myself sometimes humming out the tune to Green Hill Zone or Marble Zone every now and again.

It may not have all the bells and whistles of other Sonic games, but that is why I like this game so much as well. And it's has stood the test of time very well


A timeless classic

mugaro | July 25, 2013 | See all mugaro's reviews »

A great game to play on Genesis, the emulator works just fine for getting your nostalgia on. The controls are simple and fluid. If you're a fan of 2D sidescrolling platformers, this is a must have. The big bonus of the emulators is being able to save your progress at any time instead of having to beat the game in one single playthrough. The controls synchronize with the XBox 360 gamepad or any controller you have.

The charm is still there, this game is just as much fun 20 years later. Not everything stands the test of time, but this 1991 classic has.

Starting with the tried and true green hill zone, all of the levels in this game has stood the test of time 20+ years later. The classic music has been remixed hundreds of times.

Definitely worth your time to play through again or for the first time if you missed out back in the day.


The first of the series

jazzelmejor | June 9, 2013 | See all jazzelmejor's reviews »

Making a great success in 1991, sonic is one of the best platformers ever. This game is a classic that a lot of people will remember, with colorful graphics, an intense and fast gameplay and a lot of boss fights that makes this game the best of its genre.


A new old experience

EddyGaming | June 6, 2013 | See all EddyGaming's reviews »

So I am a retro fan. And I wanted Mario, but had no Nintendo platform. So I chose Sonic. And now that I know the game I prefer it.

In Sonic the Hedgehog you have like 6 hours of fun if you are playing with savestates. These saves are given to you by the virtual console you play this on by just tiping F5. So I found it realistic to save at every save point in the game.

And now to why I love this game: You are running through a lovely made world with many secrets and different ways to get to your target ( Dr Eggman). After every 3 chapters in a world you complete the world by having a Boss fight with Eggman. And after this you enter a new fast-paced world where you can run like a sonic. And the best thing: It has no "block system" as in mario- so you can do more and have more fun and speed while playing it. The better you know the level the faster you can run.

This is - with Super Meat Boy - the best platformer I ever played. just 96/100 because you just have 6 hours of gameplay if you use saves. And if you do not use saves I would give 96/100 because it is too hard.

So my tip: Buy this game and save at every savepoint or level start :)


A great start

DeweyDTruman | Feb. 8, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »

Many franchises are dead in the water before their first title even gets released. Many others bomb and never get a second title. However, there's always a few that manage to break out and become big name stars for decades to come. Sonic the Hedgehog, designed solely to compete with Mario, is one of those. The genesis didn't have a leg up on its competition, the SNES, in most areas, but it did run faster. Sega knew this, and used it to their advantage, basing almost all their marketing on "blast processing," mostly involving games of a blue hedgehog that occasionally went so fast he either flew off the screen or no-clipped into a death.

The first title in this series still stands tall to this day, but without the famous spin dash or super sonic abilities, it tends to feel weaker overall. Regardless, everybody should play it at least once.