Game Review: Sonic the Hedgehog 4

Fans of the classic Sonic game may be excited to play it on their Windows Phone, but it may not live up to their expectations.

Overall Score: 2/5

Prepare to be disappointed. The gameplay isn’t as fun as the original, the controls are tricky, and the visuals are too confusing.

Gameplay: 2/5

You can either use touch or tilt controls, and the touch controls are the easiest for me. However, even with touch controls the game isn’t as easy to control as it would be with physical controls. Also, the gameplay feels a lot different than the original sonic, even though the level scenes are similar. For example, the special stages aren’t nearly as challenging anymore.  Also, the viewing width seems smaller than normal, so it’s tougher to tell when enemies are coming up. If you’ve never played Sonic before, you might find this game interesting. However, for those who have played Sonic already will probably become frustrated by how the game has changed for the worse.

Presentation: 3/5

The visuals do look pretty good (minus the pixelation, which may be on purpose), but they can very rarely lag. The music is the same classic music and sounds great.

Lasting Value: 2/5

Like I said in the gameplay section, if you’re a fan of the original Sonic game, this game’s controls and different gameplay elements might force you to give up on playing the game. However, if you play it all through, you’ll get about two hours of gameplay. There is a Score Attack mode where you can compete for high scores, which increases the lasting value. However, even with that, the lasting value is below average since fans of the original Sonic will most likely become frustrated with the game.


Title: Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1
Price: $6.99
Publisher: SEGA

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