Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)

If you were a huge fan of Sega during the 1990’s then you would remember how this game marked the beginning of new era.  When Sonic the Hedgehog was first released for the Sega Genesis many people were blown away by many features of the game including its musical composition and stage designs.   Not only was each level enjoyable but the BGM for each stage was excellent which lead many players to enjoy the game more.  The plot of the Sonic the Hedgehog was very basic and included the spiky blue hero’s adventure to stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik from collecting all seven Chaos Emeralds and conquering South Island.  Once the players begin the first stage Green Hill Zone they begin to realize how basic the controls are and how enjoyable the game is.  But as one progresses through the game it begins to get tougher just like many other platform games.  However, the level of difficulty of the game only adds to the excitement which make players more anxious to complete it.  While the first stage known as Green Hill Zone was considered to be simplistic for many players the second stage known as Marble Zone was somewhat of a challenge.  The real difficulty begins when one reach the stages of Labyrinth Zone and Scrap Brain Zone.  The two zones just mentioned challenges the players to not only use their instincts but also to play the game enough times to understand how to effectively maneuver through the level with limited amount of lives.

This Sonic game was also the first to introduced the special stages that would allow players to gather one Chaos Emerald per stage.  If one player had gathered all seven emeralds they had ability to transform into Super Sonic which made the game much easier despite what level someone was on.  This game was unique because it was very creative and drew the attention of many gamers to the point where it began to compete with Nintendo’s Super Mario during the 16-bit era.  The competition between Nintendo & Sega is well documented and it made platform gaming exciting for many people because it forced both developers to produce the best titles possible during the 90s.  The games has received numerous accolades from different publications including Electronic Monthly Gaming and the Golden Joystick for being “Game of the Year.”  Sonic the Hedgehog is a timeless classic that many people still cherish as being one of the best games of all time.

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