Sonic the Hedgehog was released for the SEGA Mega Drive back in 1991 & it became an instant global hit. With the protagonist being a super fast spikey blue hedgehog that had the ability to be able to travel at lightning fast speeds, Sonic soon became the iconic mascot for the SEGA franchise. Super Mario, Nintendo’s main mascot hadn’t really had any competition up until this point, but this game completely changed the whole platform genre of gaming by creating something with such an intense sense of speed & platforming action that would leave players instantly hooked.

The story begins with sonic on a quest to save all of his captured friends & animals that have been captured & transformed into robots by the evil Dr Robotnik. You the player must guide sonic throughout each of the 6 zones in the game destroying the robotic enemies while also avoiding various hazards, spike traps, falling into bottomless pits etc that are situated throughout each level. You must also collect rings throughout your travels to help sonic gain extra lives & gain increased scores at the end of each level. The nostalgic sound of collecting rings will instantly remind players of all those fond memories from their childhood where you would literally play for hours on end until you were able to explore each & every area throughout all the levels. Collecting a certain amount of rings allows for sonic to gain access to the special stage zone at the end of each level, there are 6 in total where sonic must try & obtain all of the chaos emeralds.

There are 3 stages that are situated throughout each zone that sonic must travel through & players will face Dr Robotnik at the end of the 3rd stage of each. Robotnik must be defeated in order to progress. After progressing throughout each zone & defeating all the variations of Robotnik you must then face him one last time in the final zone. There is a real level of atmosphere & sense of achievement from defeating the final boss in this game & completing it. It gives you the player a great feeling of knowing that all of your hard work & persistence has paid off, it is a feeling that is not often seen in many games, even today.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a classic game that has now enjoyed over 20 years of global success & still impresses gaming audiences today with its stunning visuals & dizzyingly insane speeds. This game has gone down in history as one of the best games ever created & is still being enjoyed by gamers of all ages the world over. It is the pinnacle of the series that is yet to be bettered….

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