“ Developer: Sega America „
If you'd told my four-year-old self that one day I'd be able to play Sonic the Hedgehog on a phone that I carried around with me everywhere, I'd have been blown away. Playing Sonic on the megadrive with my cousin at my grandma's house is one of the strong memories I have from my early life and a lot of people my age say that they also used to play Sonic game a lot as a child. When I found it available for iPhone on the app store I was therefore delighted by the prospect of being able to play one of my favourite childhood games in the palm of my hand.
== Sonic the Hedgehog ==
Sonic the Hedgehog is one of Sega's most successful game series. There have been many games for a variety of consoles featuring this fast running, blue hedgehog along with his sidekick Tails, a fox with several tails which allow him to run quickly as well as fly, as well as other characters such as Knuckles and Dr Robotnik. Games featuring Sonic are still being made to this day although many people will agree that none have been quite as good as the original Megadrive games were. I remember the Dreamcast game fondly (actually it was one of the relatively few good games released for this console before they stopped making them), but Sonic the Hedgehog 2 remains the best in my eyes.
== The Game - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ==
As in most other Sonic games which followed it (and the one that preceded it), in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 you play Sonic, whose task it is to run and jump his way through a series of levels, collecting rings and saving animals from his nemesis, Dr Robotnik. He is accompanied by Tails, who was playable by a second player on the megadrive version but is unfortunately only a cute tag-along in the iphone game, and also tries to collect chaos emeralds in special stages in order to become the invincible Super Sonic.
There is a variety of worlds in which Sonic and Tails must travel, collecting rings and jumping on robotised animals heads, each of which has two or three levels and Dr Robotnik as a boss at the end. These vary from grassy, sunny worlds to power plants and dark woods, all done with relatively simple but effective and atmospheric graphics. The entire game is in side-scrolling 2D, with the characters generally moving from left to right in order to progress, as was the case with many games from the 1990s.
== Port to iPhone ==
In transferring this game from the Megadrive to iPhone, very little has been changed. The levels, objectives and feel of the game are the same as they always were, with the only real changes being that you carry the game in your hand and control your character using a small joystick on the screen as opposed to one or buttons on a controller. The fact that it's played on a small screen which you hold in your hand as opposed to on a TV screen is also a noticeable difference, but the iPhone's small screen is sufficient for displaying this game's graphics, which are obviously basic by today's standards. The main welcome difference is that you now have the option to save your game and come back to it later, which you could not do on the Megadrive version, which makes it a great game to play for a bit and come back to later without losing your progress.
I also enjoy playing this game almost as much as I did as a child, despite having played many more technologically advanced games since then. I would argue that some of the best video games ever made were ones from the 1990s and would say that Sonic the Hedgehog 2&3, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) and the original Pokémon games on the Gameboy (Red, Blue and Yellow) are the best games that I have ever played. While some of my enjoyment of this game is naturally going to be for reasons of nostalgia, I also reckon that I would enjoy playing this game almost as much, had I come to it for the first time on the iPhone. It's simple enough but is enjoyable to play over and over and is also a great game to dip into for a few minutes on the bus as well as being something that you could play for half an hour or more without getting bored.
== Conclusion ==
I have not been disappointed by this game's port to iPhone and have enjoyed playing it greatly. It was certainly worth the £2.49 that it costs currently to download from iTunes, which is a very low price to pay for such a great game. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch I would highly recommend downloading this game, whether you were a fan of it in the early 1990s or not. Suitable for adults and children alike.