Aug 31, 2011
Sonic CD is coming back! This Sonic title, released for the ill-fated Genesis add-on Sega CD, is being given a modern re-release by Sega, in part because it introduces Sonic franchise mainstays Amy Rose and Metal Sonic, the latter having a connection to the modern Sonic 4 series. The most surprising part of this announcement, and the reason why this is being reported on an Android site? The game is going to be made available on Android, as well as the consoles and the iOS App Store.
This represents Sega’s first major foray into Android gaming, and this is an interesting choice for Sega’s first Android game. The game is running on the Retro engine, developed by a member of the Sonic community named Christian “The Taxman” Whitehead, who designed a proof of concept back in 2009 of the game running on his Retro engine, which is designed specifically to play like classic Sonic games. This means that the game is not an emulation, this is a port, meaning the game should have proper support for widescreen phones, and no worries about incorrect physics like with Sonic 4: Episode 1.
The game itself is particularly notable for its time-travel gameplay mechanic; each act contains Past and Future variants that the player can travel to by passing Past and Future lampposts and then running fast enough to activate the time travel. Each time had its own music and differences in levels, and some actions undertaken in the past or present would have an impact on future versions of the level. Players that detonate the robot generators in the Past and return to the Future will make it a Good Future that is bright and colorful as opposed to the bleak darkness that normally fills the Bad Future. Getting Good Futures in both of the first two acts of a zone makes the third act, a boss fight, a Good Future automatically. As well, the game introduces Metal Sonic and Amy Rose into the Sonic canon for the first time.
This version of Sonic CD will also feature the original Japanese soundtrack and not the alternate US soundtrack. While the members of the Sonic community who realize that there was a difference generally fall in favor of the Japanese soundtrack, the American soundtrack is a nostalgic part of my childhood, so hopefully it is added as DLC in the future; right now it is not in the game due to licensing issues.
Sonic CD will be available on a variety of platforms, including consoles, PC, and mobile platforms by the end of the year, and a review will definitely be up on Android Rundown when it comes out.