Many of you will already own this little beauty and most others will know the score, but for the uninitiated. Sonic's blue, fast and the arch-enemy of Doctor Robotnik.

Robotnik's not exactly an animal lover. He's locked innocent, wide-eyed rabbits and birds in small metal cannisters, and sealed others inside death-dealing machines- As the champion of the animals' cause (peace, harmony, eating and breeding). Sonic speeds to die rescue.

Sonic's spin attack smashes machines and frees animals as he runs around multi-level stages, bouncing off springboards and steaming around loops. But his most famous task is collected rings — the more the merrier. He drops some when he's hit but that's better than losing a life!

The spiky little mammal's first adventure is a corker. This is Sega's baby and other manufacturers would give their right arm for the rights to it — it's not hard to see why. The visuals are stunning, almost on par with the Mega Drive original. Sprites are cool — sharply designed and detailed — and equally colourful backdrops scroll smoothly and swiftly. The sound's packed with lighthearted ditties and catchy tunes.

Playing Sonic's as easy as falling off a log but making significant progress is another matter. It's instantly playable and soon becomes addictive. The level layouts are different to the MD but it's just as good a game.

The only thing stopping this cart from getting full marks is the fact it's a little too easy. Having said that, Sonic The Hedgehog’s so playable it'll always amuse you, however many times you complete it. Go get Robotnik!

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Sega Master Force - Issue 2

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