Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  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
    Sonic CD is a terrific port of a great, under-appreciated Sonic game.
  3. 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.
  4. Dec 15, 2011
    This is a game you flat out need to buy if you even vaguely consider yourself an iOS gamer. Not only because it's such an impeccable port of an important piece of gaming history, but because we need to vote with our wallets to tell Sega (and anyone else who might be watching) that this is the quality we demand out of retro games brought to the App Store.
  5. 90
    Sonic CD is a gem that should be played by any fan of Sonic.
  6. Dec 23, 2011
    Sure some elements, like the happy-go-lucky soundtrack that sounds like C&C Music Factory for Kids, feel a little dated – but Sonic CD delivers everywhere that it counts. If you're a fan of the Hedgehog from way back, but have had your heart broken by other mobile ports, fret not – Sonic CD is the game you've been waiting for.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Dec 15, 2011
    Pretty much the only issue with Sonic CD is the controls; the d-pad is kind of small, but that's about it. The game holds up really well, and its relative scarcity in terms of re-releases makes it only that much more special now.
  11. Dec 15, 2011
    Ultimately, though, Sonic CD is about as perfect a Sonic port as any fan could have hoped for. If you're looking for a Sonic experience on your iPhone then this is does the job in style.
  12. Jan 4, 2012
    Sonic CD is as a must buy for all the Sonic the Hedgehog fans out there, as well as for anyone looking for a solid platform game, capable of combining speed and taste for exploration.
  13. 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?
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 106
  2. Negative: 8 out of 106
  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 ChristianSonic 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. Full Review »
  2. Dec 15, 2011
    If this is the same game with tails then its a fantastic purchase, especially for only $2. The REAL Sonic 2, this game can be beaten in a fewIf this is the same game with tails then its a fantastic purchase, especially for only $2. The REAL Sonic 2, this game can be beaten in a few hours, but truely mastering it is very difficult. I still have the original SEGA CD disk for this game, and have never gotten the "good" ending nor all of the chaos emeralds. Every level has 3 acts. The first 2 acts have a bad machine to destroy in the past. If you destroy it, it gives you a good future for the level. The bad future is polluted and broken down. Then good future is squeeky clean. Likewise, when you destroy the bad machine, all the enemies in the level die in the past, present, and future. The levels change between the past, present, and future, and some areas of the past aren't easily accessible. You travel through time by running past a "past" or "future" post and going fast enough for a long enough time to trigger time travel. If you destroy the bad machines in both the first 2 acts, the 3rd act will be a good future. If you don't, the 3rd act is a bad future. Each time period for each level has its own music track, including the good vs bad future. As with the different time periods, the good future has some areas that are inaccessible to the bad future.

    Special stage is 3d and you try to blow up UFOs. Blow them all up and get the chaos emerald. Really simple compared to a modern sonic game. All you do is steer, sonic accelerates on his own, try not to run in the pools of water else they sap your time.

    This is the only sonic game to feature his super sprint or whatever its called (press up on the d pad and press jump). Its like the spin dash but for running instead. Its not very useful because your vulnerable. However, if you have super shoes, you can run over enemies if you go fast enough, although your not invulnerable to spiked enemies.

    Right now downloading the game and its... very slow. And it errored out. So be warned your not going to get to play this immediately. Note that I'm downloading the android version.

    Original game featured a super cheesy "Sonic Boom" theme song and animations as well as a time attack mode. Wonder if this port does as well...
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  3. 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 actuallySonic 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.
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