Thursday 2 May 2024

Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (Sega Game Gear review)

Developer: Sega Interactive Development Division
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1994

Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball is a pinball game that was also released on the Sega Mega Drive (1993) and Sega Master System (1995).

+ D-pad can be used once Sonic is airborne to gently guide him toward another flipper, or in the vicinity of a platform edge.

+ Fewer death traps than the 16-bit version, and some exclusive items such as giant red springs that launch you into the air.

+ Bonus Round is a fun diversion, as you have to sprint around and collect as many rings as possible within 90 seconds.

- Floaty physics result in very unrealistic flipper movement, and Sonic's on-foot controls feel slightly delayed.

- First stage gets things off to a bad start with confusing level design and unclear pathways to the next part of the table.

- Apart from the finale, the bosses are incredibly easy and unmemorable, and there's only four stages in the game.

- Some unfortunate game-breaking bugs, including areas where your sprite can become stuck on the scenery.

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