Sonic The Hedgehog for iOS and Android Review
Sonic The Hedgehog for iOS and Android got a touchup recently by Taxman and Stealth and it is definitely a major improvement. Taxman, known for his amazing rework of Sonic CD for iPhone and Android, did an excellent job of reworking this classic game to feel new, while still holding on to the reasons why we fell in love with the blur blur in the first place. In other words, this remake is definitely “Way Past Cool!” What makes this app so great? Dive in below for the full review.
As we all know, Sonic The Hedgehog is from the golden age of gaming, back when everything was 16-bit and SEGA and Nintendo were household names, as well as rivals. As such, the graphics aren’t all that advanced. In this remake of Sonic 1, the graphics have had slight touchups, and even though they are small they leave a great impression. Most of the time this means that he has smoothed out a once grainy sprite or enhanced an animation. For instance, instead of simply disappearing, rings now fade away if lost and not recollected. It is very minor but adds a very nice flare to the game’s visual feel.
Also, of course, everything is in beautiful full HD widescreen now. Not simply stretched or zoomed, the graphics have been nicely rescaled and work in widescreen amazingly. It’s hard to even think about how the game looked before this port. Taxman and Stealth did an amazing job with reworking this game’s graphics for the new generation.
Although subtle, the music and sound effects have undergone modification in this version of Sonic 1. This ranges as far from a ring’s sound effect being a bit more clear to adding richer bass in a zone’s music and more! You may not notice the new clarity in the music or sound effects at first, but if you go back and listen to the old ones you will truly appreciate the work Taxman and Stealth have put into the sound for their Sonic 1 port. Even the most subtle differences truly make all the difference.
Nice graphics and sound are always a nice thing, but what about the game itself? Does it still hold up well? The answer is an astounding yes! There are several new features that improve the experience just enough to feel natural to the game. But I’ll go more in depth on that later. Sonic 1 is smoother than ever, fast, and most important, fun! Defeating Robotnik as he tries to take over the world has never been more entertaining than in this port.
Boasting brand new menus, options, and features, this port completely owns any other version of Sonic 1 you’ve ever played. The menus are smooth, easy to navigate, and amazingly designed.
Once in game, the primary new feature is the addition of the spindash, Sonic’s signature move since Sonic 2. This is a very nice addition and just adds to the game’s speed and fun factor. There are also the options to play as Tails and Knuckles, although you must unlock them beforehand. Along with this, there are also secret features such as level select and debug mode. But you will have to figure out how to activate them yourself! The reason this gets a 4 instead of a 5 is because of one main flaw with the saving system, you can’t save in the middle of a level, instead all saves will begin a the beginning of the act you were in. This can be very inconvenient, at least in my opinion.
Final Verdict: 4.5/5
This is truly the best iteration of Sonic The Hedgehog we have ever seen and one must truly experience it to understand why. This rework isn’t just SEGA riding the nostalgia train again, it truly feels new while at the same time holding that classic feel. Hats off to SEGA, Taxman, and Stealth for this amazing revision of Sonic The Hedgehog! This app is $2.99 on both iOS and Android.
P.S. I hear SEGA is planning the same type of remake for Sonic The Hedgehog 2. So keep your eye out for that, and the review here on Technetec!