A collection of classic Sonic the Hedgehog games compiled onto one disc.
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A collection of classic Sonic the Hedgehog games compiled onto one disc.

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Sonic Blast Into The Past! See more »


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12 November 2002 (USA)  »

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Early screen-shots of the game actually showed that Sonic CD was meant to be in the game, however most likely due to emulation problems of the Sega Mega CD, and to the dismay of every Sonic fan (people complained that Sonic Jam on the Saturn (another compilation) should have had Sonic CD, however, it was impossible due to the limited CD space), it was taken out of the final product. Sonic CD later appeared on Sonic Gems Collection but it was a PC version port. See more »

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Features Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonic Boom
Written by Spencer Nilsen and David Young
Performed by Sandy Cressman, Jenny Meltzer and Becky West (members of
Pastiche)
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Classics come back to life
30 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** The Works **** Just Misses the Mark *** That Little Bit In Between ** Lagging Behind * The Pits

As the immortal Sonic the Hedgehog, you (sometimes with the assistance of Tails the Fox) blast your way through various levels, foiling the plans of the evil Dr Robotnik...

The video game boom really exploded in the early 80s, when Pacman became the arcade game everyone left their homes to go out and play. But a decade later, when I was a nipper, it had gotten so you could enjoy the thrills and spills of video game entertainment from a console within your own living room. As a kid in the early 90s, you were either a Super Mario man and owned a Nintendo or you were a Sonic the Hedgehog man and owned a Sega Mega Drive. Or you were a spoilt little sh!t and your parents could afford to buy you both, but then you didn't really belong to any particular camp amongst the other kids in the playground at school. Me, I was a Sonic man and from the ages of about 9-10, his antics on the games machine provided me with countless hours of entertainment. But then the advent of time came along and I moved over to Play Station. And, for about nine years, the old Sega console and the games that came with it just lay around gathering dust in a cupboard in my mother's bedroom, until I sold it for the lowest possible price a few years ago. We drifted apart, did Sonic and me. But then I was browsing in the shops one day, and noticed this little compilation pitting virtually all the old Sonic games together on one disc, along with some old Sonic comic book and American Sonic games memorabilia.

It looked daunting, but in practically no time at all, I'd got the hang of it all over again and was re-living the fun and excitement I'd experienced as a child all those years ago all over again. I felt a bit more ridiculous playing 'Sonic the Hedgehog' as a guy in his early 20s than I did as a 10 year old, that's for sure, but no one was watching (and look at all those adults who read Harry Potter on holiday and whatever!)

Before long, the fun of racing Sonic along, gathering all his rings (to gain an extra life, compete in a chance to gain a 'Chaos Emerald' at the end of a level or even just to stay alive!) boshing the villains (in the shape of robotic bugs, spiders and soforth...) and then take out Robotnik on the end by bashing his little machine enough times before he takes all your rings and kills you...) had come back to life wonderfully. Even fourteen years on from the release of the first game, the all-round graphic design is fantastic, not to mention the concept behind some of the levels. The Casino Nite Zone in Sonic 2, for example, has hidden depth and meaning. Casinos might be an adult theme for a game aimed at children, but I think the aim of this level is to subliminally make children aware of the highs and pitfalls of gambling in casinos for later life (for example, Sonic lands in a fruit machine slot and, if he gets three ring signs, he gets more rings, if he gets three Robotniks, he loses all his rings...true to real life.)

You might feel a bit silly playing such a game in later life than you did as a kid, but if you can just take it for what it is, this inspired compilation will make you glad you were a Sonic man. *****


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