Review by livetnediser

Reviewed: 11/30/02 | Updated: 11/30/02

Worth the $40, if only for the memories...

Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
Sonic Spinball.
Sonic 3-D blast.
Sonic & Knuckles.
Dr. Robotnic's Mean Bean Machine.
Five more unlockable games.
A total of twelve games, all for the price of one. For this review, I'll use mini-reviews for each of the seven games.

Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3, and Sonic and Knuckles...9/10
The original appearance of Sonic from the Sega Genesis. Unlike Mario games, which focus on strategy, these are mostly about getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible, collecting rings and killing baddies along the way. All 4 of these games are mad-fun, and they're the kind of game that you'll beat and keep picking up every so often to try again. They feature fast-paced, frentic gameplay, nice graphics for games that are almost 10 years old, and some of them even have multiplayer features. These truly show how great a system the Genesis was.

Dr. Robotnic's Mean Bean Machine...10/10
This is my favorite game of the mega collection. Think Puyo-Puyo, and you have a close estimation of what this game is. It plays along the lines of Tetris, Dr. Mario, and most other puzzle games. By stacking 4 of the same color of the ''mean beans'' you clear them. Keep you level cleared for a longer period of time than your opponent, and you win. Sounds simple, but it's not. Soon the pieces fall faster, and opponents get harder to beat, and then is when the game really gets hard. Overall, one of the funnest games on the mega collection, despite the poor music and the horrible character design.

Sonic Spinball...6/10
A bare-as-bones pinball simulator starring Sonic. It's nice to play every now and then, but it gets old very, very quickly. This may have been good in '94, but it doesn't hold up that well today. It's a nice addition, but it'll get overshadowed by the other games.

Sonic's 3-D Blast...4/10
Cute, nice visuals, somewhat fun (for about 10 minutes), but flawed. The isometric camera view presents a problem with jumping and landing on baddies and power-ups, and this gets more frustrating than enjoyable. The gameplay will kind of remind you of Snake Rattle n' Roll, but that statement is somewhat false, as SRnR was a fun game. This is one game that should have been left in the 90's

5 Bonus games...9/10
I'm not going to spoil the bonus games, but I'll tell you, all of them are major fun. Not all of them have to do with Sonic, but they're great additions that shouldn't be left out.

Extras...8/10
Sonic Mega Collection is loaded with extras, albeit not as many as Sonic Jam (the Sega CD sonic collection). There's movies, one full comic book, over a 100 comic book cover scans, scans of all the original instruction manuals, and many character images. It's nice to look at every now and then, but the main focus is the games.

All-in-all, SMC is a great anthology that shouldn't be missed out on. The only thing I would have changed is to leave out Sonic Spinball and 3-D blast, and added in Sonic CD (the best Sonic game to date) and Sonic the Fighter (arcade only). 12 games for the price of one, you won't find a better deal than that ever.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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