Sonic Mega Collection Review
Posted by Jason Armstrong
When Sega and Nintendo had their rivalries in the 90’s some people never got a chance to witness some of the best that gaming had to offer due to owning only one of the two machines.
Fast forward fifteen years and how things have changed! What better way to begin new friendships than bringing out one of the best compilations to date.. Sonic Mega Collection
Sonic Mega Collection to sum up has thirteen games wraped up in one disc, seven of which are main sonic game:Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992), Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994), Sonic and Knuckles (1994), Sonic 3D Blast (1996), Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (1993), and finally, Sonic Spinball (1993). The remaining five are as followed: Sonic 2 and Knuckles (1994), Sonic 3 and Knuckles (1994), Blue Sphere (1994), Ristar (1992) and lastly Flicky (1991)
Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic 3, Sonic and Knuckles, Sonic 2 and Knuckles, Sonic 3 and Knuckles
All six games follow the same structure of Sonic getting from point A to point B as quick as possible. As many people will tell you the main point of Sonic was its speed and each sequel improved upon not only this but also the size of each stage and the detail within the background and character models. It may also be pointed out that the story also developed vastly with S2, S3 and S&K being one continuing arc.
Many consider S2 to be the greatest Sonic game of all time and although I like it a lot I would say that S3 & K takes that crown.
Unfortunately after these games were released it’s fair to say that the Sonic series never really recovered from its glory days.
Sonic 3D Blast
This is the fifth game in series after S & K and is also the first Sonic game not to be made by Sonic Team and is probably why most fans consider this the first of many black sheep in the Sonic universe.
The game comprises of Sonic travelling along stages in a isometric 3D world freeing X amount of creatures called Flicky’s from robots there in cased in, by doing this you would progress to the next level. The biggest disappointment with this game was that it lost all its speed and level design of the previous games and in turn no longer felt like a Sonic game. A disappointment for Sonic games but still a fun game to play
Sonic Spinball, Flicky and Blue Sphere
All three games are apart of the Sonic universe but none are neither good or worth your time
Sonic Spinball is a pinball game that not only looks bad but tries to break the mould of pinball games by adding platform bits. Unfortunately it fails to be a good platformer or pinball game.
Blue Sphere is basically the bonus mission from S3 and S&K on a bigger scale with over 100 levels. You go around a massive sphere running over blue circles turning them red in till there’s no more, the catch of the game was that most times there was only one route to a group on blue circles and made the game more interesting and difficult. This was a OK game but should have been left as a bonus mission for S3 and S&K
Flicky is a very basic platformer with you playing the titled creature going from A to B jumping and avoiding oncoming creatures, this game is bland and boring beyond belief and lacks any imagination.
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
This was both a pleasant surprise and very fun game to play, it takes on the puzzle genre on games like Columns and Puyu Pop. The objective is to connect 4 coloured blobs to make them disappear but where this game differed is that it put you up against and enemy in a split screen rivalry. You had to fill up the competitor's screen with beans, eliminating them. The game encouraged you to make massive combos due to more blobs falling on your opponent and had massive depth for such a simple concept.
A gem of a game if ever there was one.
This was a hidden game in the collection and is in no way related to the Sonic universe, it was added due to it being made by Sonic Team and is half a decent platform game with the character Ristar being able to grab and cling onto both enemy’s and nearby surroundings.
A very good compilation and worth the purchase if you're either new or old to the Sonic series of games. This would have had a 9/10 if it wasn’t due to Sonic Mega collection + being released on other formats consisting of not only this version of the game but also another 15+ sonic related games bringing the total to well over 30. So this version can only get 7/10