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File Name:Sonic the Hedgehog CD (U).zip (view contents)
System:Sega CD
Size:61.65 MB
Rating: 4.58/5 (1234 voters) 

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The good ol' days by RTH002 on March 20, 2009
I've played many of the Sonic series games. The very first one I've played was Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Which was the game that got me into the Sonic series. But there are still many I havent played yet, like Sonic CD for one. I've read about it and learned the controls and everything I just never got the chance to actually play it. Remembering back, I was always looking to play as many of the Sonic series games as possible. I know most of the stuff that goes on Sonic CD like the new move called "Super Peel out" and the time warps. Plus the animated intro and ending to it seems interesting as well.
what more could be said by 4banginYJ on March 3, 2009
I'm a huge platformer and i loved the sonic series, heck i still play them on ps2. Sonic cd is an amazing game to the sonic collection its storyline was a little different the soundtrack was awesome, and time travel made it that much more interesting and challenging, trying to collect all the emeralds and set the worlds future straight isnt so easy. This made for a better challenge than the first sonic. I would also like to add sonics special moves were the first of his kind, and correct me if i'm wrong but i think they originated here. Not to mention the fmv is cool. Like i said great installment.
This is a great version of Sonic by p999 on February 9, 2009
This is really a great version of Sonic for the sega cd or the wgens emulator with the proper bios files. The game shows off one of the great features of the sega cd which is of course the cd quality music. The music in this game is great. The game is colorful and the action is fast, it is really true to the other great sonics such as the original for the genesis and the other great sonic games for the game gear. I would recommend that anyone interested in Sonic games check out this great game.
Don't mess with the Hedgehog by Kirurishii on January 30, 2009
Rating: 10/10
Sonic CD is a game that has almost no end, so many levels, such huge levels as well. To try to step on every pixel or polygon this game has to give, means spending a lot of sleepless nights. Just like a Sonic-freak could dream about. Hack, there's even a new move in it! Plain great, music is great, the graphics stunning, the speed awesome. No bad news about this game!
Sonic at 80 MPH by blargiefarg on January 16, 2009
Rating: 9/10
I played this game and when i first encountered time travel, I much like many people was awestruck! The gameplay is the best I have seen since Sonic 3 and Knux, with the exception of not having Super and Hyper Sonic. The music definitely needs Crush 40, but is O.K. all in all this is a great game that I will play over and over
All Other Sonics Pale in Comparison... by viralnexus on January 12, 2009
Rating: 9/10
Gameplay:

Sonic games are well known to be great in 2D, and I agree that many of the 2D Sonic games are very good. Sonic CD is also a pretty good game, but I was expecting a lot more. Sonic CD actually had a bit of story in it unlike some other 2D Sonic games made in the early 90's. The evil scientist, Dr. Robotnik, has made a robot that resembles Sonic's speed, which is the infamous Metal Sonic. Metal Sonic even kidnaps Amy Rose (her first appearance in the Sonic universe) a cute and cheerful hedgehog girl in love with Sonic. Dr. Robotnik also has sealed the Time Stones, which control time travel, into different dimensions. So, in order to beat the entire game, you must control Sonic to beat all the 7 zones and get the Time Stones in special stages. The story itself actually sounds very interesting and cool.

In Sonic CD, the gameplay is a lot like what you'd expect from other 2D Sonic games, such as the Sonic the Hedgehog series on the Sega Genesis. However, a new twist has been added for the series. In this game, Sonic can travel through time by passing through these posts that have time travel to ether the past or the future. To Time Travel, similar to the movie Back to the Future, Sonic must run at a fast enough speed and stay at that rate for a certain amount of time (about 3 seconds). Once you succeed, everything in the stage will have a different look. The past often looks more prehistoric or colorful, while the future is usually dark and metallic. In ether time zone, you must do a certain activity in order to change the effects in other time zone. For example, if you do something special in the past, then something different will happen in the future. All of this is complex, but interesting no doubt. Other then the whole time traveling technique, everything else is true to the classic Sonic gameplay, but it lacks some polish on a couple spots. Thankfully, the special stage is actually one of the best in the 2D Sonic history. Sonic must run around in a semi-3D world and terminate UFO's in order to get the Time Stones. The game just doesn't feel speedy like the games for the Genesis, and there are a lot of obstacles and enemies around that this doesn't exactly feel like a true Sonic game. So I can't really say that the Sonic gameplay here is great. However, those looking for an average Sonic game with an interesting twist, than Sonic CD is your ticket.

Graphics:

Very colorful graphics like you'd expect from a Sonic game. Everything has great detail and the special effects are very cool. The game even has 2 FMV movies, both of which are nicely detailed for a Sega CD game; however, it does look a little lame by todaysí standards. The special stages look very cool with the rotating capabilities the Sega CD has. The only flaw in Sonic CD is the frame rate. A Sonic game MUST have a solid and fast frame rate in order to get a good sense of speed. The frame rate, in general, is solid and fast, but when you get to places with loads of action (such as losing your rings) then you get a choppy frame rate until it's over. But other then that, "colorful", "interesting" and "impressive" come to mind when playing Sonic CD.

Sound:

I'm a little disappointed in the games' music. The US version of the game has different music unlike the Japanese and European versions. The US version mostly consists of relaxing and soft-pop songs, and they don't fit in a Sonic game. A Sonic game normally has music that's catchy, but very forceful. The music in the US version lacks this. A couple tunes are alright, but, as said before, they don't really fit in a Sonic game. On the personal side, when you battle Robotnik, I think the music played during that time is the worst ever in Sonic history. However, Sonic Boom, the main theme, sounds pretty good, so it's not a complete disappointment. Everything else, such as the sound effects, sounds crystal clear and very nice.

Conclusion:

After hearing many people saying Sonic CD was a fantastic game, I thought it'd be worth buying. But the game disappointed me because I didn't think it was as good as everyone said. However, I am impressed with some of the ideas presented in Sonic CD. I found Sonic CD to be good at best. Since Sonic Gems Collection (released recently) has Sonic CD, there will be less people getting the Sega CD version now. But I'd rather keep the Sega CD version because thatís where the game truly belongs. If you're a hardcore Sonic fan and are interested in getting a Sega CD for this game, then by all means, go ahead.

Pros:

-Interesting ideas

-Colorful detailed graphics

-Good story

-For some reason, I think the sound effects are one of the best in the Sonic series.

Cons:

-The gameplay is not as fast or as enjoyable as Sonic games on the Genesis

-The music is a little unfitting

One of the few gems of the SEGA CD by cacac on January 10, 2009
Rating: 9/10
As a kid, I never really had the opportunity to play sonic cd. After getting the chance a few years down the road, I must say that it is most certainly one of my favorites in the sonic universe.

The look is somewhat smoother than its genesis counterparts and sonic's running animation in this game is pretty cool and unique. I also like the focus on the intricacies in the levels; it's rather specific and makes it a little bit more of a challenge. The moving between different times also is a cool and interesting concept. All told, this is a good side step for those who are only familiar with the genesis games.

Sonic BOOM by Shadico on January 2, 2009
Rating: 10/10
This just might be the best Sonic side scroller ever made.It combines the graphics of sonic 1 with the Gameplay of sonic 2.A new move caled the Figure 8 peel out(when up and A are held,sonic will run in place until his legs resemble a potato peel and take off at full speed.)And even new characters,Rosy the rascal(later would become Amy)And Metal sonic(later returns in Sonic Heroes)Give the game a fresher feeling.

Music-music that you would never imagine in a crappy sonic game of today,back when sonic songs were mainly fast-pace techno.

Actually,wait at the title screen.after about 30 seconds,you get a little cartoon showing sonic running towards little planet.This makes use of the CD's full motion graphic system.

Eggs:

Secret special stage:A good egg,if i might say.Put 7 7 7 in Sound test.You will be given a message saying,"welcome to secret special stage."

Sonic can't take it:Wait three miniutes in a zone.Sonic will start tapping his foot,after awhile,he'll wave his finger and say,"I'm Outta Here!"Then jump off the stage.

Cons:

Only one,There is no super sonic bcause of the lack of chaos emeralds.Other than that,This game is great.

Creative Platformer by brad barker on January 2, 2009
Rating: 9/10
The time travel aspect of this game certainly adds a new dimension (so to speak) to the typical platforming formula. The player must hunt through each level for signposts indicating "Past" or "Future" and try to correct events in those eras to achieve the best ending.

Also, Sonic CD is remembered for the "Sonic Boom" music video that opened the game.

Sonic, the way he's supposed to be. by Hacker2021 on January 2, 2009
Rating: 9/10
Sonic the Hedgehog is undoubtedly one of the greatest icons in the video game world. Sonic has appeared in dozens of games over the years, but Sonic CD is quite possibly the best of the bunch. Following in the footsteps of its older 2D predecessors, Sonic CD is a fast paced, action packed, adrenaline rush. Naturally, you play as Sonic the Hedgehog, racing through all kinds of zones and inevitably fighting the evil Dr. Eggman. However, in this installment, Eggman isn't the only antagonist, as you also have to deal with a completely new villain, Metal Sonic. All in all, this is an amazing 2D platformer that unfortunately was released on failed add-on console for the sega genesis. That being said, any self respecting gamer that has even the slightest interest in platformers should play this game. It's almost impossible to hate.
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