• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 16, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. 75
    A decent compilation, even though it's not as solid as Sonic Mega Collection. At a bargain price of 29 bucks, however, "Sonic CD" and "Vectorman 1" and "2" make for a worthy purchase for fans or anyone who may have missed them the first time around.
  2. Unless you're a devout Sonic fan, you probably haven't heard of most of the games included here--and, with a few exceptions, most of these games aren't really worth hearing about.
  3. Sonic CD is fine game, however, and Sonic R and Sonic the Fighters are worth checking out at the very least. Any fan of Sonic really ought to pick it up.
  4. Keep in mind that the gameplay is strictly old-school and while it may have been unique for its time, it hasn't aged well.
  5. 70
    Definitely a weaker package than "Sonic Mega Collection." The only games that truly hold up today are "Sonic CD" and the "Vectorman" titles. The rest are merely passable and are only of interest to the hardcore crowd.
  6. In other words, if this sort of thing matters to you, if you still can't bear to unplug your Dreamcast, and you do own "Virtua Fighter 4" and all the others and think they're brilliant, this is for you.
  7. Short of Sonic CD, there's really not much here for the casual Sonic fan, as they'll either grow bored or quickly blaze through everything else.
  8. 60
    Where's Knuckles Chaotix, one of the few decent games to see the light of day on Sega's abortive 32X system? Or how about Sonic Pocket Adventure for the forgotten Neo Geo Pocket Color? And what about the surprisingly competent Master System ports of Sonic and Sonic 2?
  9. 60
    We can't stress how outstanding Sonic CD is. It was one of the finest games around in its day and it still offers a fantastic time years later. This game alone makes Sonic Gems Collection a consideration at $30. The other featured titles don't add enough to the offering.
  10. Overall, for $29.99, it's not a bad deal to get 3 "A" tier games, 2 "B" tier games and a lot of junky Game Gear games.
  11. It isn't worth buying Sonic Gems Collection unless you simply can't live without "Sonic CD".
  12. An excellent classics compilation, due mostly to "Sonic CD," finally revived after so much begging. [Sept 2005, p.57]
  13. A woefully uneven mix, but one that true Sonic fans will probably still want to own just for "Sonic CD," aka the best Sonic game ever. [Sept 2005, p.115]
  14. Worth the price of admission for "Sonic CD" alone. [Sept 2005, p.85]
  15. Another Sonic Collection. "Mega Collection Plus" was good value, but this one is a disappointment. Why were not these included on the Mega Collection? Sonic CD is a nice Sonic game, though. [Nov 2005]
  16. 65
    Worth looking at, and would probably keep the kids busy for a while, but doesn't pack the punch it could have with some more titles and unlockables that are WORTH unlocking.
  17. Sonic Gems Collection is packed with rare games, but "rare" is frequently confused with "good". Is this disc interesting enough to rent? Absolutely. Is it worth $30? Not really.
  18. While seeing Sonic on a Nintendo console is weird enough, this compilation will please the hedgehog's hardcore fans, while being a fun diversion for the masses.
  19. If there's one thing that the Sonic Gems Collection taught me, it's that Sega is out of Sonic games to repackage. None of the titles here are particularly famous, nor was there any particular fan outcry for their release.
  20. Sonic CD alone would be a good reason to own this collection. If Mega Collection has left you hungry for more Sonic, Gems Collection has got everything else between it and Sonic Adventure DX. Sonic Gems Collection completes the continuum of Sonic history available for GC.
  21. Sonic CD is a title worth purchasing on pure merit, and whatever their standard, the sheer number of games on the disc make Gems an economical acquisition.
  22. I can do without some of the Game Gear games in the collection, but to have Sonic CD once again just makes it worth having.
  23. This compilation really is quite disappointing. Though Sonic CD is quite nice, and it is worthy of a play-through, that's the one and only game worth looking at in this.
  24. Sadly, this is a curiosity and nothing more. Sonic CD isn't bad but the others make us feel, well, uneasy. [NGC]
  25. 65
    While a Sonic compilation is always welcome, Sega seems to have shoveled the worst Sonic has to offer in with the sure-to-sell Sonic CD.
  26. The title's still worth picking up with the classic Sonic CD game, as well as a few other fun titles that will provide hours of retro gaming joy.
  27. 60
    Apart from housing the much desired Sonic CD and the arcade only Sonic the Fighters, Sonic Gems is a collection of past Sonic titles (most of which appeared on the Game Gear) that shine forth with about as much brilliance and polish as a piece of coal.
  28. "Sonic CD" and both "Vectorman" games alone make paying the $30 price an extremely easy decision. With those three brilliant titles in hand, the remaining eight can basically be treated as bonus additions to mess around with.
  29. Considering the other six games in the compilation, some of them are a lot of fun it's a shame many players just won't touch them half the time.
  30. The large majority of this package is underwhelming and really not that good to say the least, but the games that are good, are really good, so it's a definite toss-up.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 28, 2015
    This game is worth it to play Sonic CD, Sonic R, and some Tails games.

    Sonic the Hedgehog CD: One of the best Sonic games. Traveling to the
    This game is worth it to play Sonic CD, Sonic R, and some Tails games.

    Sonic the Hedgehog CD: One of the best Sonic games. Traveling to the future, present, then the past is a good way to get hundreds of rings for lives. The Special Zones is quite the challenge but not as hard as the ones in Sonic 2. Some bosses have you risk losing rings when attempting to jump into them. Amy is of the characters I like.

    Sonic R: The steering is just as slippery as in Super Mario Kart. The D-pad works best only in straight courses. When getting the Chaos Emeralds, you have to come in first place. The analog is the worst thing to use in the game because Up is the accelerate button, you might accidentally tilt up when trying steer. Finding the S icons doesn't require you finish in first place but you have a time limit to finish the race. Playing as Super Sonic in Radiant Emerald is the best part in the game. If you can handle this game tasks and control, you have no trouble at all.

    Sonic the Fighters: Repetitive as this game gets, as least you get infinite continues, a movelist in the pause screen.

    Tails Skypatrol: Gamers had trouble trying to play this Japanese exclusive Game Gear game. That's the gamers problem, not the game. I played this game and I made it through with some ease and no problem. These gamers are so afraid of touching walls and ceilings because touching them will cost you a life. Using either the analog or D-pad is up to you. The best way of getting lives is to really start hitting your enemies and even projectiles with your ring. Use that as your advantage throughout the game. Keep hitting your bosses with the ring while your target is far because that'll slow them down while you're flying close to them. Give this game a chance. If you are good at this game, you can probably beat it in less than 20 minutes. It's best to play to this before Tails Adventure to use up your spare time.

    Sonic Gems is a good investment for worth noting games and some goods. 8/10
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  2. sdc
    Apr 5, 2015
    Long as it keeps going with Sonic the Fighters, SOnic CD, and Sonic R, I am ok. Overall, if you're a Sonic fan, this one is a good investment,Long as it keeps going with Sonic the Fighters, SOnic CD, and Sonic R, I am ok. Overall, if you're a Sonic fan, this one is a good investment, lacks a lot of his greats, but for the hidden gems, I like it. Full Review »
  3. Dec 27, 2014
    If it wasn't for the fantastic Sonic CD this would be a major disappointment. Sonic the Fighters has aged horrifically, lacks depth and isIf it wasn't for the fantastic Sonic CD this would be a major disappointment. Sonic the Fighters has aged horrifically, lacks depth and is very limited in game-play. Sonic R is a racing game that is very short and has horrible controls. Luckily Sonic CD is really, really good and captures that vintage sonic vibe perfectly. Full Review »