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Sonic 2 in 1

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Released: 1995

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Game Gear

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Sega / Aspect

Submitted by: Matt

 

This two game collection isn’t as rare as Power Strike II, The Smurfs Travel the World or Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle on GameGear but it’s still harder to find than a hedgehog with road sense. 

Rather than feature Sonic 1 and Sonic 2 as you may presume, it instead includes Sonic 2 and Sonic Spinball. There’s no menu to speak off – power cycing the handheld brings up either game.

I got Sonic 2 for Christmas in 1992 and I thought it was awesome. In hindsight, it’s a really poor sequel, especially when compared to the Mega Drive version. Tails wasn’t a playable character, the animation was unchanged from the first game, the much touted hang gliding sections were rubbish and the levels seemed like they were in the wrong order. The first level was a dark cave; it wasn’t until near the end of the game that Sonic got to run around some lush green landscapes. Also, on the GameGear the first boss is almost impossible due to the screen size – his bouncing balls of death were incredibly tough to avoid. Balls!

Sonic Spinball always provokes mixed reactions. The level design is slightly different to the Mega Drive version and the first level has also had a change of name to Toxic Caves to Toxic Pools. The music sounds nothing like its 16-bit daddy either and a few features are missing like the metal monster lurking in the water. I think if the first level was a lot easier then a lot more people would have fonder memories of it – it’s a tough game right from the start. Adding a difficulty curve would have helped massively.

A two game cart featuring Sonic Triple Trouble and either Sonic Drift or Dr. Robotnic’s Mean Bean Machine would have raised more smiles.