Review by ryanjk641

Reviewed: 01/31/03 | Updated: 02/02/03

Sonic Mega Collection--Mega indeed...

Sonic Mega collection a game made by Sega in which you can play 12 different games! 10 of them are Sonic related and the other 2 aren't. Here's a list of the games that you start with:

Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic and Knuckles
Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic Spinball
Dr. Robotnick's Mean Bean Machine

Here are the games you can unlock:

Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Sonic 2 and Knuckles
Blue Sphere

Story: 5/10
This Sonic game doesn't really have a plot. Each game has it's own different little story. They're not very interesting really. It's basically Dr. Robotnick is trying to take over the world and Sonic has to save everyone...etc. But then again, in Sonic games, since when does the plot matter? It's all about the gameplay.

Emulation: 10/10
Super emulation! Everything is clear and smooth. Sega did an excellent job with this. They even included all the little glitches! No complaints here.

Gameplay: ?/10
Since there are so many different games, I will give each game their own section, excluding the secret games.

Sonic the Hedgehog 8/10:
Here you run around jumping on bad guys and running in loops. At the end of Act 3 in every zone there is a boss. The bosses are what make the game much tougher.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 9/10:
This game is a lot like Sonic 1 except there are new differences--all for the best of course. A brand new addition to the Sonic series is Tails! He is Sonic's sidekick. Another new move is the spin dash! When you hold down and press the A button, Sonic rolls up into a ball. When you release the A button, Sonic zooms away in ball. There is also a 2-player mode in which 2-players play a 1-player level and compete to see who gets the higher score!

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 10/10:
This game is probably one of the best games in Sonic Mega Collection. It is a lot like Sonic 2 and all, but again, new features. Knuckles is introduced in this game, as the bad guy. You can also play as Tails alone in 1-player mode. With the old 2-player mode from Sonic 2, there is the ability for the 2nd player to play as Tails if you select 1-player mode with Sonic and Tails.

Sonic and Knuckles 9/10:
Now this game plays just like Sonic the Hedgehog 3 except with no more 2-player mode in anyway, and different levels of course!

Sonic 3D Blast 6/10:
This game is not like your ordinary Sonic game. Sega decided to try something new with this game. You're Sonic and you run around 3-D levels killing bad guys and collecting the birds that were inside of them. There are bosses also just like every other Sonic game, but it just doesn't feel like a true Sonic game.

Sonic Spinball 7/10:
This Sonic game is mostly just pinball with Sonic as the ball, but there are still some cool changes from a regular pinball game. For one, when Sonic isn't getting thrown around in the pinball zone, he's on his feet and can jump around like in every other Sonic game. I found that pretty interesting. There also bosses as in every other sonic game.

Dr. Robotnick's Mean Bean Machine 9/10:
Now this is what I call an addicting game! This game is basically Puyo Puyo with Sonic. In it you drop down beans like tetris, and try to get four of them touching so they disappear and you get points. It sounds simple, but it can get very challenging.

Sound: 10/10
Perfectly emulated. Sounds just like the games did back on Genesis.

Replay Value: 10/10
With 12 games, you'll just keep going, and going, and going...

Rent or Buy?
If you own a Gamecube and you enjoy 2D platformers and other games, I'd say rent it first. If you own a Gamecube and you're a die-hard Sonic fan, then what are you waiting for? Go buy it now!

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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