Celebrate Sonic's roots with this glorious snapshot of
retro arcade action. A must have collection, bursting at the
seams with 20 classic titles and bonus unlockable Sega fun...
seems to have been a bit of a Sonic revival lately. Last year
there were a number of new games (including Sonic
Advance 3 and Sonic
Heroes), but none of them captured the real
excitement that fans of the original Sega Megadrive games
remembered - sadly the little blue hedgehog seemed too out
of date to be reinvented. Or is our mind playing tricks on
us? Are we just remembering the games fondly when in actual
fact they don't hold a torch to today's fast and furious releases?
Well now you have the chance to find out for yourselves.
loading up the first Sonic game, a buzz of excitement
shot through me as I heard the old familiar "Sega"
chorus. It sounded a little less cool than I remembered it.
But, when I started playing I realised that the first Sonic
game is still as addictive as it was when it was first launched.
second and third Sonic games are also still pretty
cool after all these years (the music on the second one is
also fantastic). This collection also includes a game which
I'd never seen before. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
is similar in style to Dr. Mario. Pairs of beans are
dropped from the top of the screen and your job is to remove
them by stacking four of the same coloured beans together.
are some terrible games here though which you probably won't
play more than once. These include all of the Sega Game Gear
games - they are just too dull - and the very poor 3D Flickies
Island, which looks awful. But, you can't mark a collection
down when it is as complete as this. And the first game, Sonic
the Hedgehog Spinball and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean
Machine alone are worth the asking price.
balance I can't recommend this release enough. Proof, if ever
there was, that old games are really as good as you remember
has got to be about the best £30 you could ever spend.
Go buy and show your kids the games you grew up on.
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