Sonic the Hedgehog (C64)

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Game title: Sonic the Hedgehog

Game description: Sonic the Hedgehog is a side-scrolling platform game which sees Sonic travel through six zones in order to rescue the animal population of South Island from the diabolical Doctor Robotnik, who plots to turn them into robots. Sonic jumps between platforms, avoids enemy and inanimate obstacles, and breaks televisions to collect shields, speed shoes, and invincibility, and mark checkpoints. Sonic can collect rings, which protect him from being hit by an enemy or obstacle. The player starts the game with three lives  and will lose one if they are hit without carrying any rings, drown, or fall into a bottomless pit. The C64 version of Sonic is a port of the Sega Master System version and requires a 256K RAM Expansion Unit.

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  • Production - 90%
    90%
  • Fun - 75%
    75%
  • Depth - 65%
    65%

Summary

I am really happy to see that Sonic does look and sound like a C64 game rather than it being a straight imitation of the SEGA Master System. It is hard not to be impressed with how well the game moves about and recreates the 8-bit video console experience very well. No doubt, if you grew up with Sonic being a major part of your gaming experience then you will thoroughly enjoy this conversion. As I started playing the game at the beginning I noticed myself having quite a bit of fun controlling Sonic across the landscape. However, when I did complete the first world stage, I’d thought to myself ‘Is this it’? Where were the enemies?It felt that all I did was run around and jump over gaps but very little else. Things improved a little from an enemy front later on in the game but I did find that the levels that were highly reliant on incessant jumping from one platform to another were quite tedious to get through and this is where my enthusiasm for the game wanes. Sonic on the C64 is technically very impressive but the gameplay itself feels a little hollow and does pale in comparison to games like Sam’s Journey and other classic C64 scrolling platforms.

Overall
77%
77%
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Pros

  • Recreated C64 graphics and sound
  • Movement is fast and smooth
  • Very well implemented port

Cons

  • Requires RAM Expansion Unit
  • Lack of enemies
  • Design of some levels are annoying

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