Youngest Retro Gamer Reviews: Sonic The Hedgehog (Sega Master System)

Youngest-Retro-Gamer-Reviews-Sonic-Master-SystemWith Sonic The Hedgehog turning 25 years old earlier this week, it's safe to say that as retro gamers we're slowing aging along with the games we know and love. We can talk about these timeless titles for hours on end and pour over our childhood spent with Sega and Nintendo, but how exactly would today's youth rate what we consider a classic? Here to answer that is The Youngest Retro Gamer - Lewis.

Offering an all new angle and viewpoint on retro games, Lewis has teamed up with his father to bring RetroCollect a series of insightful reviews, from someone who is around the same age we were when these games were first released. Casting Angry Birds and Minecraft aside, does Sonic The Hedgehog have what it takes to captivate the youth of today?

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I love Sonic. All the characters and all the games I have played so far have been brilliant! So naturally I was extremely excited when my Dad and I stumbled across a Sonic game at a car boot sale which I hadn’t played yet. It was the original Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Master System, and the man on the stall said it would cost £3 to me, and I was happy to spend my hard earned pocket money on it.

Obviously I have played Sonic on the Sega Mega Drive (and the iPad too) but this was not the same game with worse graphics that I expected, it was actually a completely different game. The stages looked mostly similar and the enemies were the same, but the game was different.  I am only young, so graphics do not bother me greatly as long as I can see what’s going on. The game is simple enough for me to get playing quickly too. What I did notice was how colourful everything was, I have played Master System games before and although they look fine I have never seen so many colours and interesting backgrounds until I played this game.


Sonic is maybe not quite as fast as I am used to and the baddies seem a little slower too, but this suits me better. I often got carried away at very high speed and forget to dodge the holes and enemies in the Mega Drive version. I am not good enough or patient enough to finish a game yet, so I used a level select cheat to play through all the levels (Title Screen – up twice, down twice, left, right, left, right). Each level has a new challenge but is also really easy to play and make progress quickly. My particular favourite is the Jungle stage because you use the green vines as platforms, which is not something I remember seeing before - and the colours are really nice. On the rare occasions I got to Dr Robotnik without dying I did find that defeating him was slightly easier than on the Mega Drive, or maybe I am just a little bit better at gaming now, I cannot tell.

The main thing I don’t like is the music. I know it is not really the games fault because it is an old game on an old console, but I did ask Dad to turn it down as the music got very repetitive and annoying. I would have been happy with no music and just the general sound effects. Another thing that annoyed me was Sonic’s shield. Whenever you smashed a TV with a shield in, Sonic would flash, although the shield itself never flashed - so you didn't always know where Sonic was. It did make things a little bit harder.

Even though I found a few things annoying I love this game, I have many more hours of playing to do and look forward to improving and eventually completing the entire thing.

Sonic The Hedgehog (Sega Master System) Gameplay



(Link to this comment) oldgamerz 2016-12-17 03:56
I wish you a marry Christmas young gamer and I hope you write more on this page I saw this article today and felt sorry that you received no comments yet.

I personally have most MegaDrive/Genesis and Sonic games on my PlayStation 3. although for a while I did have the GBA version and played it. I was not good at it. Anyway have a merry Christmas and may your holiday be special :-)

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