Sonic CD is a classic platform game which first debuted on the ill-fated Sega CD console before arriving on Android almost 18 years later. It’s unarguably dated but a solid port of fast-paced platforming which is available to download at a phenomenally good price. Fans of the blue hedgehog will approve.
Having been the figurehead for every Sega console until the Dreamcast’s unfortunate demise, Sonic is now something of a gaming gun for hire. If he hasn’t featured on your platform in some shape or form, then you must be doing something drastically wrong. Accordingly, the appearance of our favourite blue hedgehog on Android is as much an indicator of Google’s strength as it is a classic title arriving for reassessment.
The worst feature of Sonic CD is the time it takes to download. We must have spent a good hour trying to install its expansion pack with mixed and extremely infuriating results. This hell of Sega’s own making, not enough server space to deliver a speedy download, certainly sours the app experience although it doesn’t completely ruin it.
That’s because Sonic CD remains a stonkingly good game of the kind that has rarely been repeated since its original release. Whereas modern day platformers rely on collecting some magic item to prolong their lifespans, Sonic was always about speed. The quicker you could complete the game the better the player you were. Sonic CD maintains this lighting pace but adds in some much appreciated puzzle elements like a pinball section where you have to navigate yourself using various bumpers and flippers.
Otherwise, all is pretty much the same with Dr. Eggman wanting to take over the world using a series of ridiculous robotic contraptions. Importantly, the app’s touchscreen D-pad controls are well done, although the standard bugbear of accidentally slipping your fingers off the controls still applies. The boss fights themselves are also pretty easy, especially now you can save your game and continue for later play.
So is Sonic CD worth a download? With a price of £1.29 we don’t see how it couldn’t be, even despite those download irritations
The Bottom Line
Still a classic platformer, despite some download niggles.
Version reviewed 1.0.0
Requires Android 2.1 or higher