With Sonic Lost World doing the round on YouTube and planned for an October 22nd release, SEGA’s blue mascot is one again grabbing headlines and getting attention. The game looks like a great entry to the series that will hopefully continue the return to form that we’ve seen with Sonic Colors and Generations – for fans that date can’t come fast enough.
But if you want to experience a blast of speed right now and you have an iPhone or iPad, the good news is that there are plenty of ways you can enjoy Sonic currently waiting for you on the iTunes store. For just a few dollars you can enjoy some of the hedgehog’s classic adventures or even a mobile exclusive or two. But what are the best Sonic experiences out there? Let’s take a look at the cream of the crop…
Sonic the Hedgehog
The original that started it all, Sonic the Hedgehog is in many ways still one of the best in the series featuring the catchy soundtracks, the smooth gameplay and the colourful graphics that started it all. Curling into a ball and rolling down a massive hill collecting rings is just as satisfying as ever, and thanks to a recent update the game now has more features than ever before – including HD graphics and extra playable characters!
Sonic CD is one of the best Sonic games of all time, and many fans will even go as far as to say it’s the best. This is essentially Sonic 1 but with added bells and whistles, including an innovative time-travel feature that adds a lot of exploration to the normal high-speed gameplay. Add to that a fantastic soundtrack, vibrant graphics and brilliant level design and you have an instant classic. Despite Sonic CD’s many impressive features though, it hasn’t been fully appreciated until now thanks to its ‘SEGA CD’ release – a doomed console that didn’t ship many units. Now’s the time to check out that lost Sonic game then and see what the diehard fans are talking about.
Now for something a little different: Sonic Jump is the first Sonic game to be released exclusively for mobile and is designed to be ideal for quickly dipping in and out as a result. This time Sonic isn’t racing through loop-de-loops but must instead jump to the goal (as the name suggests) using tilt controls to dodge enemies. While it’s not quite Sonic as you know him, the graphics and sound are still familiar and the gameplay is well suited to iPhone users so it’s still worth a download. Just avoid the in-app purchases… Oh and if you like this, then you might also want to check out the similar Sonic Rush.
Sonic 4: Episode 1
There are actually two episodes of Sonic 4 on iTunes, but for me Episode 1 is the standout of the two due to the faster gameplay. While the game is somewhat controversial among fans, the graphics are still fantastic and the way the whole level rotates when you run round a loop (only on mobile!) makes for a dizzying and acrobatic experience.