Sonic The Hedgehog 4™ Episode I Review
- Speedy, solid and clever STH gameplay time-warped from the 90s.
- Sharp new and renewed levels.
- Combines and improves older motifs and mechanics.
- Great tilt control feel.
- Short and seriously more-ish.
- No new generation iDevice improvements.
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 is the sequel you always dreamed of - only a bit shorter; this may put off some as it is a flagrant tease, but if Episode I is any indicator the whole ride is going to be an amazing one.
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It has been a long time coming, but Sonic The Hedgehog finally feels like it has come back home. My reunion with the blazing blue hedgehog was a tentative one - I won't lie, I was scared I'd be burned like I was with Rush 2 - but once I dove in I was at once relieved and surprised to find that things just felt... right.
And this is no mean feat, especially for iDevices without physical inputs - a bane to all platformers trying to recapture the past glory of the 8 and 16 bit era. However the analogue stick is perfectly reasonable, if a bit sensitive at times, but it's the tilt controls that surprised me the most as it managed to feel not only reasonable but perfectly at home in the Sonic world. 16 bit junkies like myself may not necessarily stick with this new-fangled method, but it meshes well with the hectic gameplay and you'll find yourself naturally tilting the iDevice just like a controller when you were younger.
The nostalgia doesn't let up at all in the gameplay and level designs, invoking almost all of the original titles in one form or another. The bonus stages from Sonic 1 have been given a new twist; Sonic 2's Casino Night gets yet another revisit; Sonic 3 and Knuckles' Marble Garden and Sandopolis have seemingly been mashed together; and Adventure's lock-on attacks help to smooth things out as well.
Without a doubt this game feeds all the desires I've had for a numbered Sonic sequel, though it's not without some tarnish. The framerate, while solid, doesn't feel smooth on newer devices nor were any Retina specific upgrades noticeable. Combined with the limited content it's easy to feel a bit empty and ravenous for more once you've completed the game, but for now if you can afford it, Sonic The Hedgehog 4 is seriously amazing and a must own if you don't already.
DescriptionThe sequel fans have waited 16 years for is finally here - Sonic The Hedgehog™ 4 Episode I!
Featuring enhanced gameplay elements, including the classic Sonic Spin Dash, and the versatile Homing Attack, Sonic 4 picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles™ left off.
2 EXCLUSIVE LEVELS!!!
Two exclusive levels built specifically for play on the iPhone & iPod Touch using the accelerometer.
All of Sonic's classic moves are available, including the newer Homing Attack which will add a new level of control and excitement.
CLASSIC SONIC STAGES
Race through 4 unique zones containing 4 acts each as well as 7 special stages.
SPECIAL STAGES RETURN
A staple of the Genesis-era games, the special stages return allowing fans to collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds and unlock Super Sonic.
REVAMPED CLASSIC BOSS BATTLES
Dr. Eggman returns with new and improved mechas and will go berserk when he accumulates damage.
GamePro - “…this looks and feels like a genuine Sonic game, deserving of the "4" attached to its title.”
IGN – “After an afternoon in its presence it's become seared in our conscience just like the classic levels of the early Sonics – and surely that's reason enough to have faith in Sonic the Hedgehog 4.”
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What's New in Version 1.4This update resolves the issue that has corrupted save games with v1.3. Apologies for this error.
General Bug Fixes and Optimization