Dec 20, 2013
If you were a child in the 1990’s, chances are you played at least one Sonic the Hedgehog game. Fast Forward to modern times where perhaps our spiky blue friend hasn’t been in games that captivated us quite like the original Sonic series did on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, those older titles are nevertheless still cherished by old and new fans alike. So when Sega decided to port the arguably best iteration of the Sonic series, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, to mobile devices, people were pretty stoked.
Sonic 2 on mobile is a slightly modified version of the 1992 Sega classic. In the mobile version, players have the choice between playing levels as Sonic, his long time companion Tales, or Knuckles the Echidna, who actually made his first appearance in Sonic 3. In addition to being able to play as any of these three characters, this port of Sonic 2 has also cleaned up the graphics just a bit to bring it to modern times. Sega has also added a plethora of new levels to this edition in order to spice it up a bit and not leave it as just another port. There’s also time trials, multiplayer, leaderboards, achievements, save points and everything else you’d expect in most mobile games. But probably one of the most overlooked new additions to this title is the display menu option of getting to see the different boxes and cartridges for various regions. One can choose from the Japanese box art, European or North American. It may not be much, but anyone who geeks out over video game history will appreciate it.
The controls do take some getting used to. As expected, the controls are an on screen joystick on the left side and the jump/spin button on the right. The action button works alright, but the joystick isn’t all that impressive unless you have tiny fingers. This game is probably best enjoyed using a bluetooth controller or something other than the onscreen controls. The on screen controls aren’t unusable, but certainly are far from perfect.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on Android is a great affordable nod to the past which also gives players a little added bonus. Adopting new ideas, such as achievements and multiplayer with a classic games that’s still great to this day, is absolutely amazing. Players young and old can sink their teeth into this entertaining title, just so long as they can deal with the controls. Modern Sonic games might not be the best, but as this port proves, old school Sonic games are even better than a platter of Chili Dogs.