Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a game from , originally released 31st December, 1969

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review

Who doesn’t love Sonic the Hedgehog, that spiny blue critter who sped into our hearts 19 years ago? Though his games have wavered in quality over the past two decades, the original 2D Genesis ones are almost universally adored. So how does the port of part two fare on the touchscreen device?

Surprisingly well. Anyone who’s played the original Sonic the Hedgehog on the iPhone knows pretty much what to expect with the sequel. Once again, it’s a direct port of the original game, with no fancy new features added. And once again, we’re disappointed by this– but there are worse things than getting a straight port of an awesome game.

And Tails pulls into the lead!

And while the last Sonic suffered from slowdown and somewhat clunky controls on the iPhone, Sonic 2 fares better in both departments. Some slowdown still occurs, but not as frequently or as obviously, and the controls are about as tight as possible, which is great, because Sonic 2 demands exact input in every stage. Even still, the touchscreen can’t match the precision of a physical controller for this type of game, and you’ll definitely notice the difference during some of the more demanding platforming parts.

But, as in the original Sonic 2, the levels are sprawling and excellently crafted. Each one has long speedways, carefully placed enemies, and multiple looping paths that lead you to the goal. And it’s a good thing you can take different paths, because you’ll be replaying levels often.

A turtle riding a turtle? Will wonders never cease…

Which brings us to another potential downside of Sonic 2: it’s unforgivingly difficult. Gamers these days are used to hitting continue when they run out of lives and carrying on as if nothing happened. In this game, however, game over really means game over. Persistent players can build up the skills necessary to complete the game, but less dedicated gamers might throw in the towel before experiencing the treasures Sonic 2 has to offer.

In any case, we’re glad to see Sonic’s buddy Tails make his appearance on the iPhone, and we still smile every time he falls behind as we zip through the worlds. We’re also glad that the game automatically saves when you receive a call or hit the home button. We just wish the developers had put in more details like this to illustrate that they realized they were making a game for the iPhone in 2010.

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Sonic 2 Speeds Onto iPhone in New Zealand

While much of our attention has been focused on the still-rumored-but-not-yet-confirmed release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 on the iPhone, Sega recently announced that Sonic 2–possibly the most celebrated release in the series–was iPhone-bound.

Just as you might expect, Sonic has turned up in quick time. Reports claim the game is already available on the App Store in New Zealand, with a release expected in the US at 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (8 Pacific).

While the reception awarded the port of Sonic the Hedgehog was fairly lukewarm (our very own review warned that slowdown issues constantly ‘dragged down the momentum’ of the blue one’s iPhone debut), hopefully Sega will have addressed the issues critics had with the original title to serve up something all the more speedy this time around.

Or, Sega might simply have dollar symbols in its eyes, dreaming of all the money it’s likely to make regardless of whether it’s done a good job or not.

Either way, Sonic 2 is expected to retail at $5.99. Retro gamers, you might have to skip lunch tomorrow to afford it, but let’s hope it fills you with speedy platforming goodness. Our full review will be along soon.