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  • Summary: The sequel fans have waited 16 years for is finally here - Sonic The Hedgehog™ 4 Episode I!

    Featuring enhanced gameplay elements, including the classic Sonic Spin Dash, and the versatile Homing Attack, Sonic 4 picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles™ left off.

    Two exclusive levels build specifically for the iPhone & iPod touch using the accelerometer.

    All of Sonic's classic moves are available, including the newer Homing Attack which will add a new level of control and excitement.

    Race through 4 unique zones containing 4 acts each as well as 7 special stages.

    A staple of the Genesis-era games, the special stages return allowing fans to collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds and unlock Super Sonic.

    Dr. Eggman returns with new and improved mechas and will go berserk when he accumulates damage.

    GamePro - “…this looks and feels like a genuine Sonic game, deserving of the "4" attached to its title.”
    IGN – “After an afternoon in its presence it's become seared in our conscience just like the classic levels of the early Sonics – and surely that's reason enough to have faith in Sonic the Hedgehog 4.”
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Mar 20, 2011
    Sonic 4 Episode 1 is a strange combination of new and old, some of it works and some doesn't but as a package it still comes together as a more than decent Sonic game that will delight both old fans and newcomers.
  2. Feb 21, 2011
    Visually, the game stands apart from its predecessors with sharp and colorful graphics that look phenomenal in high definition. Sega did excellent work bringing each stage to life, making them unique without tarnishing Sonic's legacy. It's a pure joy to watch.
  3. Feb 21, 2011
    The only negative you'll run into with Episode 1 is how quickly it's over. You'll finish up with the four worlds and the bonus stages in about 2-3 hours time, if that. However, there's replay value galore.
  4. Feb 21, 2011
    I myself am disappointed and frustrated with Sonic 4 at times, but there are more rays of light here for the series than any other game in the franchise has shown in the past decade.
  5. Feb 21, 2011
    Filled with as many fun moments as mediocre ones, Sonic The Hedgehog 4, Episode 1 is a good start to the revival of the series.
  6. Feb 21, 2011
    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is a mixed bag, with plenty of good things soured by a sprinkling of bad. While the majority of the game is enjoyable, there are certain aspects that simply should not have been allowed to enter the final product.
  7. Feb 21, 2011
    All of this is compounded by the too-close camera, made even worse on the iPhone's small screen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Dec 15, 2011
    I paid 10 dollars for it when it released and it was all worth it. The game plays really well, except with special stages that become very annoying because it uses tilting controls. But it never gets old for me to play it, just wished it was more longer. Expand
  2. Jan 19, 2013
    Im giving at a 9 as the fact it is a mobile game. Sheer brilliance for a mobile game! Its basically console Sonic made easy on the phone and much better than the console versions itself. Expand
  3. Dec 17, 2013
    It was great when SEGA tried bring Sonic back to a more classic style. I don't even care so much that the homing attack made it into the classic style of gameplay. The main things that upset me are the physics that feel slightly off and how infuriatingly difficult the final boss was. I think I've laid down over 100 lives on that annoying thing.

    The level design as a whole isn't entirely satisfying. They aren't bad, but neither do they compare to the classics. Although zones are long, there's usually just one strict path to be taken, and there's not much replay value as a result.

    SEGA could've done better than this, and this game is all in all, a letdown. There are good moments, but none will ever compare to the classics.
  4. Mar 17, 2012
    It's a fun game at times, but the problems are very apparent. Physics problems are apparent, enemy placement is poor, the bosses are rehashed, and the music synths are like dying cats and dogs. It's not worth the name Sonic 4. Though if you get past it, you're in for an average platformer. Its rehashed themes are taken in original ways, it's fast, and blazing through the levels is fun. Even though it can be fun to play, the physics will ruin your fun. Expand
  5. Jul 30, 2011
    This game is probably the biggest let down to the human race. I'm sorry i spent $5.00 on this, this, virtual turd. Controls stink, level design bland, levels are unoriginal, all in all. terrible. Expand