Sonic the Hedgehog


From the developer of Golden Axe, Altered Beast and Crazy Taxi City Rush, SEGA has resurrected another classic and ported it to the mobile with Sonic The Hedgehog.

SEGA! The maker of games from the nineties that only 21st century ruffians shackled in the BRONX are now beginning to afford and can even play for free after they carjack another tourist for their Google Nexus or pistol whip them for their iPhone. Then they run obscure, little known software which disables all of Apple’s efforts to implement security such as activation lock and 256-bit encryption..something that even the FBI can’t accomplish! UHHH.

Stolen smartphones have become a kind of hard currency in the Bronx and whoever had the largest and most modern collection of illicit smartphone merchandise was known colloquially as the “Hedgehog”.

We don’t know exactly why that name was chosen but no one messed with the neighborhood Hedgehog. If they did they would be beat to death with a first generation iPad Pro and stabbed with a poison-tipped stylus! Rumor has it that the new crypto currency of the South Bronx is named the Hedgehog because you are seriously HEDGING your BETS by investing in it when the blockchain is run by wet heads who won’t think twice to lace your heroin with rat poison to gobble up your virtual Hedgehog currency and unleash deadly deflation upon the HOOD. All my friends are dead from shooting up rat poison with a little heroin mixed in.

Now onto the game!

I see a classic screenshot that brings back memories of the good old days of the Sega Genesis. Do I ever miss that!

I dove into the settings like I usually do to see what can be switched on or off and see options to toggle music, sound effects and even the box art. Controls may be customized as well.


You are prompted to pay if you want an ad-free experience but it’s a good deal for a dollar. Yes, you heard that right. It’s only $1.00 to make it free of ads forever!


Be sure to have a working and stable internet connection because it won’t play without it. My guess is Sega is smart enough to know that some people will enable airplane mode to get around the ads and they have effectively thwarted that possibility here.

Take a look at that classic Sega Genesis cartridge! That’s just awesome if you ask me. I might just go buy a Genesis off eBay or Craigslist so I can play all the great and timeless classic games.


First I notice I must run and jump a lot and collect rings which are sorta like coins. This reminds me of the Super Mario Brothers series of games I used to play as a kid too.


The left button on the screen is for movement and the right button is for jumping. You’ll need to acquire momentum and speed in this scene where you must travel through a loop without falling down. Keep your thumb on the left button to move forward and you’ll speed up. Notice how my character changes appearance…He’s really speeding up like he took a hit of CRACK!


Here one must be prepared to jump over the water and land of a patch of grass. It can be rather tricky until you get the hang of it. You may want to gather up some speed right before you jump so you don’t drown as apparently hedgehogs can’t swim!


Well, I have managed to pass this level although it was not easy by any stretch of the imagination. My hedgehog looks rather happy though. Maybe he’s busy pouring himself a shot of tequila to celebrate the victory!


A rather unusual scene appears which is a lot more difficult to maneuver around but you really need those coins or rings or whatever they are called without falling to your death.


Whoa. I seemed to have passed level two! Now my victorious hedgehog is definitely celebrating with more tequila or perhaps some ecstasy. Either way I don’t think he will be driving home today so there’s nothing to worry about. Look at the bonuses received for making it to the finish on time and collecting rings!


Up pops an ad for Sega’s Sonic Forces Speed Battle game. It’s not a timed ad which is nice and I think I’ll go ahead and download this game as I really enjoy anything Sega!


All good things come to an end sooner or later and it looks like I missed my mark and drowned during a botched jump. Haha. That’s okay though. I really enjoyed this classic game and can play again and again anyway.


I had a good time playing this Sega classic and it is well ported (or implemented) to the mobile phone.

Graphics are original and I think they are 16-bit. Sound effects are what you’d expect for a game of this vintage which is circa 1991.

I like how Sega kept it as original as possible and also kept the ads non-timed and also not excessive so playing it for free was also enjoyable. The price for forever disabling ads is only a dollar so there’s nothing to complain about from me. A dollar can’t buy much these days but you’ll get the entire Sega experience for it here! Excellent.

I give this a rating of 9/10. My only complaint is the inability to play if you don’t have a decent internet connection. That said, in most places cellular and Wi-Fi coverage is adequate.

Enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog and don’t hesitate to grab it from the App Store now!

– Indie Game Critic writer/reviewer from Bronx, NY.

– Indie Game Critic writer/reviewer from Bronx, NY.


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