Category: Arcade action games Seller:SEGA Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later File Size: 258MB Price: $2.99 Age Rating: 4+
Sonic fans will surely remember Sonic CD as it is a direct port of the same game from the Sega Mega-CD system. But of course, there are bits and pieces that were changed to make the game well-suited and unique for iOS. The game now fully supports Retina Display, achievements and leader boards, and features both the Japanese and U.S. version soundtracks.
Expect it to look like the Mega-CD version when it comes to graphics. Quite surprisingly, the game’s responsiveness is quite laudable in both the iPhone and iPad.
For gameplay, you’ll be able to collect Game Center achievements and even challenge your friends via the Game Center leaderboards. This add more value to the game. For replayability, the game also lets you play with Sonic’s companion, Miles “Tails” Prower, after you’ve completed the game at least once.
Also new to the iOS version of the game is the inclusion of multiple gates you can pass through to let Sonic travel forwards or backwards in time. Yes, Sonic does some time traveling in this game. And as you get through different time settings, the levels’ appearances change as well. Even the enemies turn different as you travel through time.
This means that if you want to be thorough, you’ll be able to play two extra levels (past and future) for every level. What’s good about these time travel aspect is that it will dictate the ending of the game depending on how thoroughly you’ve played them all. There’s your replayability value, folks!
Another thing to note here is that since the game is universal, there are not too many differences when it comes to graphics quality. Personally, I prefer to play it on my iPhone 4S since it was not really remastered to become a full-HD version for the iPad.
Finally, controlling the game is a breeze. The virtual D-Pad may not be as great as the tactile feel of an actual Sega controller, but it is responsive enough not to frustrate you in maneuvering Sonic. Besides, there’s not too much variation in Sonic’s movement, so you won’t be disappointed with the game’s control features.
Overall, Sonic CD is a great port of a classic game that will surely please Sonic fans as well as entertain those new to the game franchise. Plus, the fact that the game only costs $2 is enough reason to get it. If you’re planning to devote some time during the Holidays to playing games on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, be sure to grab Sonic CD from the App Store.