Sonic The Hedgehog 2 For Android - Review

I've been playing a lot of remasters lately. This update to the classic Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is well worth the price of admission. 


Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Developer: Sega of America
Genre: Platforming
Platform: Genesis, XBLA, PSN, Steam, Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Release date: November 21 (Japan) 24 (USA), 1992
Price: $2.99




Google Play Description
“One of the greatest adventures of all time re-mastered for mobile devices!

Speed back in time and discover the game that first united Sonic the Hedgehog with his amazing flying sidekick Miles “Tails” Prower. Run through high speed levels packed with enemies and hazards as you zoom along loop de loops in your mission to destroy the devious Dr. Eggman. This definitive version has been fully built from the ground up for mobile devices, featuring re-mastered graphics and audio, and all new game content.”

What is it?  
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is the same Sonic 2 that we have loved for so many years. If you liked it then you will probably love it now.



What’s New?
I haven’t played the iOS version but I’m assuming they are pretty much the same.
-        Achievements
-        Online Multiplayer
-        Leaderboards
-        Boss Attack Mode
-        Can choose to play as Knuckles without needing Sonic & Knuckles
-        Hidden Palace Zone has been added.
-        New Multiplayer Levels as well as Items from Sonic 3

Pros:
·        The game feels a bit more challenging than It used to be
·        Nostalgia
·        Hidden Palace was finished and added to the game
·        Online Multiplayer is pretty cool.
·        Graphics and Audio seem a lot crisper

Cons:
·        Controls
·        No classic menu screen from the original
·        Some Glitching in the Metropolis Zone



Final Thoughts:
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is definitely a blast from the past and worth the price of admission. There is not much not to like about it. You get all the classic goodness that you would expect plus all the extra goodies that weren't around back then. Getting the play in the hidden palace zone is totally awesome. Controls are the biggest weakness of the game. Sonic (especially classic) games aren’t made for laggy touch screen controls. I fixed this issue by playing with a Bluetooth game pad. You also can no longer cheat to get Super Sonic and level select as you could in the original as there is no longer a sound test or A, B & C buttons.

Recommendation
I highly recommend this game to anyone who says sonic games suck. Yes as of late they games have been meh… But back in the 90’s we anxiously awaited each Sonic Release. Also recommend this game to fans of the series.  

Did You Know?
 For those that don’t know the story behind it, The Hidden Palace Zone was supposed to be in the original game but was later scrapped. The level was still in the game but was hidden in the code unfinished. Game Creator Yuji Naka stated in an interview that the lever was originally intended to be a place you were warped to after collecting all 7 chaos emeralds. There you would receive the ability to transform into Super Sonic. The idea was scrapped and so was the level. The name was used later in Sonic 3 & Knuckles in an unrelated level.

Graphics: 4.5
Sound: 5
Gameplay: 4
Replay: 4
Average (Google Play): 4.5

Score
22/25
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