Sonic the Hedgehog 2 review
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - A Feisar review


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Mega Drive / Sega Genesis.
This game is the second game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series for the Sega Mega Drive.
The game was a popular one, just like the original for the Master System and the Mega Drive.
The game is obviously a Sonic the Hedgehog game, and allows you to take control of Sonic and Tails in your quest to defeat Dr. Eggman. So basically, the usual.

The graphics of the game and background are very beautiful for a Mega Drive game, and are very similar to the first Sonic the Hedgehog game for the Mega Drive.
Crystal blues, deep greens, electrical yellows and other great colors are all vibrant and crisp, and are very nice looking.

The controls are very good with the responsive control pad for the Mega Drive.
The d-pad moves Sonic in different directions, with left and right moving Sonic in the player’s desired direction, up making Sonic look up and the camera go up, and down making Sonic curl up.
The fascia buttons (A, B, and C, and if you’re using the six-button controller, X, Y, and Z as well) will make Sonic jump.
Also, any fascia button pressed whilst ‘down’ on the d-pad, i.e. when Sonic is crouched, will activate the spin-dash function. This allows Sonic to spin very fast in a ball, and when the fascia button is released, move in a direction.
The spin-dash can be used as an attack, and so can the jump.

The objective of the game is to collect rings and power ups throughout the map, and get to the end of each level without dying.
At the end of each zone is a boss, usually involving Dr. Eggman, and Sonic having to destroy his machines.

The enemies in the game are all different, with monkeys throwing stones at Sonic and Tails from up trees, machines that spit out bombs and other attacks, and then the bosses.
Eggman’s machines are usually destructive, such as a car-type vehicle with a spinning drill on the front of it.
Enemies can hurt Sonic and Tails, although if Tails is hurt, it makes no difference to the player, as the player plays as Sonic the Hedgehog, and Tails loses no lives or rings, although can collect power ups and rings.
As long as the player has some rings collected, he / she cannot die. Once the player has run out of rings, he / she can be killed by any enemy.
There is also liquid that Sonic and Tails can run through, but they will both drown after too long in the water.
Spikes are also in place for the player to fall on and lose rings/a life.

The levels are all different, with different zones, for example, Angel Island zone being a beautiful landscape, and Chemical Factory zone being a dark place.
There are different types of obstacles, such as smashable rocks, crumbling platforms, swings (Pitfall, anyone?), water, spikes, enemies, loop-the-loops and more.
They are easy to get through, but some obstacles require more precision, such as the platforms that the player has to stand on, for example, to take them across water.
It’s all a very fun platforming experience.

The music in the game is excellent, just like most Mega Drive games, and you’ll find yourself humming along to the tunes in enjoyment.

All in all, this game is definitely going to put a smile on your face.
It’s one of the best fun, 2D Sonic experiences, and has beautiful colors and extremely fun gameplay. It’s excellent.
Definitely pick it up, it can be very cheap these days, and is definitely worth buying.
The only thing that lets it down is the frustration value of dying, and losing all of your lives. And the fact that you are being propelled at high speeds into things, which means losing a lot of rings, and drowning. For those reasons, it gets a 4.5 / 5.

If you like this game I recommend: Sonic 3D (Mega Drive / Genesis, Saturn), Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Mega Drive), Sonic the Hedgehog (Master System), Alex Kidd (Master System, Mega Drive), Ristar (Mega Drive).

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