Sonic The Hedgehog, what a series.  Ever since 1991, this blue hedgehog has been one of the most popular video game characters of all time.  Today I’m going to look at the first game in the series, Sonic The Hedgehog, for the Sega Genesis.

Sonic’s expression is hilarious as he dies in Green Hill Zone

Sonic 1 is a pretty simple game, get from Point A to Point B, collect rings, which are the equivalent to Mario’s coins, and defeat enemies.  The main gimmick of Sonic The Hedgehog is that he can run very quickly.  Most of the levels, called acts, are beaten in a minute or less because of Sonic’s speed, however some of the zones, which host the acts, are not very fun, and very slow.  Marble Zone, the second zone in the game, has a lot of starting and stopping while waiting for slowly moving platforms.  The other zone that every gamer has an issue with is Labyrinth Zone.  Labyrinth Zone is the game’s water level, which takes all of the fun out of Sonic.  Sonic moves very slowly underwater, and can’t breathe, meaning he has to wait by air bubbles to regain air.  Water levels are never fun in Sonic games, and this is the start of this trend.  Another trend that starts in this game is special stages.   Special stages are minigames, essentially, where Sonic must get to the end and collect a chaos emerald.  When Sonic gets all of the chaos emeralds, he will receive the good ending upon finishing the game.  These special stages can be frustrating, since the stage is spinning and it’s easy to lose, but they’re beatable.  Overall, the gameplay of Sonic is solid, but a bit barebones.  The levels have nothing super interesting, sans a few things, but they still aren’t notable.  The gameplay is still solid, though.

The graphics and music were both amazing for the time, and still hold up today.  The game is colorful and detailed.  The enemies are very well designed and Sonic has emotion, wanting to run when standing still.  The game looks amazing still today, honestly.  The music is also great!  Every level has a great theme, and I can remember all of them still today.  The graphics and music are the best part of the game.

Sonic battles Dr. Eggman

The controls are pretty un noteworthy.  The classic Sonic games are famous for having a very simplistic control scheme.  The game uses two buttons and the D-pad.  One of the two buttons is the pause button, the other is the jump button.  I have no qualms with the controls.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a fun classic game.  It is a very solid platformer, and a good start to a very lackluster video game series.  Though a bit barebones, Sonic The Hedgehog for Sega Genesis has aged well.