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  • Summary: Sonic CD bridges the gap between his oldest adventures and his new digital exploits.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 15, 2011
    If you're a fan of Sonic games and you haven't finished Sonic CD you owe it to yourself to check out this title - scratch that... if you're a fan of platformers, this remastered version is something you need to own.
  2. Dec 15, 2011
    All told, Sonic CD was a masterpiece long before it appeared on the App Store. This wonderful mobile version only helps solidify its standing as one of the greatest video games of all time.
  3. Dec 15, 2011
    Sonic CD is a terrific port of a great, under-appreciated Sonic game.
  4. Dec 15, 2011
    Well bad news for a-holes, but good news for Sonic fans: Sonic CD is on iOS, lovingly recrafted, and you can all enjoy the hell out of it.
  5. Dec 21, 2011
    Featuring your favorite characters, retro visuals, and lightning fast speeds, Sonic CD is a particularly well-developed port that easily exceeds our expectations.
  6. Dec 21, 2011
    A faultless conversion of what is arguably Sonic's most accomplished adventure, Sonic CD on the iPhone combines amazing presentation with a surprising degree of depth and playability. This peerless 2D platform escapade is a must for any self-respecting iPhone gamer.
  7. Dec 21, 2011
    Sonic CD was a great game in 1993. Today we can't put two hands in front of our eyes and ignore its flaws. Sega does a great job in mantaining the same old running atmosphere, but are we sure that it can still give to a 2011 user what he wants?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 16, 2011
    Sonic CD for iOS is an incredible game. It plays and feels just like the original from 1993, but better. This version was ported by Christian Whitehead ("The Taxman"), a long time Sonic fan and game development guru. It retains the classic graphics, with improved effects. The gameplay and controls are also improved, borrowing Sonic 2's speed and spindash. (The original controls are still available as an option for those who prefer them.) The game includes both the US and Japan soundtracks, and has Tails as an unlockable playable character. The achievements are not many, but are a cool addition to the game nonetheless. So are the online Game Center leaderboards. The virtual gamepad is implemented very nicely, and doesn't get in the way even if you're used to playing the game with a joystick. The game can be beaten fairly quickly if you're willing to see only the bad ending, but to get the complete experience, a lot of exploration is involved. I would easily pay $10 for this game, and for the current price, you'd have to be crazy not to get it. Running smoothly at 60FPS at all times, Sonic CD for iOS sets a very high standard for iOS ports. Expand
  2. Aug 8, 2013
    Best 2d game EVER this game is my fourth favorite and if I were I sum up this game in one word it would be masterpiece the music in this game is just breathtaking its very catchy very memorable and sets the atmosphere well if someone says they don't remember what tidal tempest or metal sonic race sounds like they are lying out of there a** the stages are extremely colorful bright and vivid I love the art style it's just so charming how could anyone not the stages are very creative and memorable and well varied all of the stages fell different in structure and are beautiful to look at the game has good bosses to but the second and final boss. Are disappointing the pinball boss could have been cool and the final boss is pathetically easy but that is literally the only problem I have with this game it is a perfect port that is even better than the original the game also has time travel that is just as awesome as it sounds the music and stage both change when you time travel but the thing is its cool because its the same stage but differnt perspective this game like earthbound heavy rain and bioshock infinite could be considered an experience the first time I played this game my mind was blown its an experience I will never forget and unlike games like heavy rain it's incredibly fun to play as well I could just play this game over and over and over and over and over again the feeling you get in this game can't be described with words you feel removed from the world and put into another plane of exist I urge you with all of many soul BUY THIS GAME you will not be disappointed Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2011
    Sonic CD was an awesome game on Sega CD, and this is by far the best port of this game. for the first time you can choose either the American or the Japanese soundtrack, and the themes are perfectly "looped". Visually is also better, with real wide-screen ratio and pixel filters. Game-play has improved as well, you can choose either the Sonic CD Spin Dash or the more popular Mega Drive Spin Dash, Tails is a playable character with his own move-set and the whole game runs at 60 fps, which are very helpful on the Special Stages.

    Sonic CD is probably the best game of the franchise and thus far this is the best version of this masterpiece. It only costs 2$, so I recommend this game for every single Sonic fan, old and new, and for every fan of platform game.
  4. Dec 15, 2011
    Sonic CD for iOS is absolutely amazing. This is not just a regular emulated port like the other downloadable Sonic games, but it's actually been recreated from the ground up by a member of the Sonic fan community. The amount of care and detail that has been put into this is unbelievable.

    For those not familiar with the game, Sonic CD was originally released for the Sega CD system in 1993. Director Naoto Ohshima took the foundation built from Sonic 1 and made it into his vision of a Sonic game. The result is what is probably considered the most stylistic and surreal Sonic game there is.

    At first, it may seem like another typical Sonic game, which in a lot of ways it is. But beyond running through levels and spinning signposts at the end, there's a whole new twist added to the mix: time travel. If you want to fully complete the game and see the good ending, you'll have to travel back to the past to save the future.

    New features added to this game are the option to switch between the original Japanese soundtrack and the U.S. one, the option to switch between the original spindash and the Genesis-styled one, and the coolest new feature: the ability to play as Sonic's buddy Tails. This game also runs in widescreen instead of shrinking everything, which is a really nice touch.

    So yeah, if you're a fan of Sonic or platformers in general, you need to get Sonic CD on iOS. For the cheap price, it's nothing less than perfect.
  5. Feb 17, 2012
    OK i have played it so hard lately that surely I don't have anything to complain about... it's the best port ever made since those 90s old-school Sonic games that I spent so many time playing... BUT i don't know, it's not the same thing playing on the iPad, i miss the real controlpad on platformers, specially quick ones Expand
  6. Dec 17, 2013
    The first of Christian Whitehead's Sonic restorations. I had never gotten to play the classic game, but only watch it. One day, I searched Sonic in the app store, and this was on the sidelines, so I had to pick it up.

    The main thing that sets this game apart is the idea of splitting the zones into a past, a present, a good future, and a bad future. There are sign posts distributed throughout the acts that let you go in between each of these time zones. It's initially frustrating getting the speed and consistency necessary to time travel, but when you figure out the best ways to go about it, you can easily go back and forth between the times to ensure that you get the best future. Then again, you could just rush through all the zones and not care at all, which is more likely than not, cause this is Sonic. However, there is a sense of satisfaction when you create a good future and get to run through the enemy free future that has a much more beautiful backdrop and happy music.

    The special stages put a grin on my face though. What's more fun than bashing UFO's to get the chaos emeralds (they aren't called this in the game, but let's be honest).

    This game is vibrant and colorful. Most stages are enjoyable, but some are gimmicky and infuriating (I'm looking at you Wacky Workbench). Some stages require a lot of precision like Metallic Madness, but some let you move at incredible speeds beyond most of the classical Sonic games like in Stardust Speedway. This game also introduces Metal Sonic, whom you get to challenge to a race.

    Yes, the time travel is a gimmick, but it enhances the gameplay appropriately and allows you to have an influence on gameplay style unusual to classic Sonic gameplay. Not every stage is a winner, but most of the levels are colorful and thoroughly enjoyable with several high notes. This game should be in any platforming connoisseurs collection.
  7. Mar 14, 2012
    Wow, Fanboy's are us ! I played this the first time around and although it was ok at the time, gaming has moved on, I really dont know what fun people can eek out of this other than thinking "my god I am glad we are not in the 90's aymore". It's Sonic and it still has the same problems that Sonic always had, no real flow to it, unless you are one of the below reviewers and have devoted your life to small spiky blue things, then chances are you will spend most of your time losing your rings and getting frustrated at which path to take. And this one I would say is worse than the others, half the time you don't know where you are supposed to be going, let alone having to deal with the sometimes annoying controls.

    Good for a bit of retro fun, but I certainly wouldn't give it anywhere near 10 out of 10 in the year 2012, I have given it a 5 and 4 of them are because it is nice to see again. The 1 is for the gameplay.

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