Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 iOS

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
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  1. Feb 21, 2011
    70
    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.
  2. Feb 21, 2011
    70
    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.
  3. Feb 21, 2011
    67
    Even if the game boasts a 4 in its title, SEGA and Dimps have chosen the easiest path taking the levels from the original Sonic The Hedgehog and adding almost nothing to its formula. Moreover, Sonic 4 suffers from a surprising lack of style and personality, a dull soundtrack and some technical issues, while the frame rate slows down even on an iPhone 4. Hopefully, the lack of Retina Display support, achievements and leaderboards will be fixed with the next update of the game.
  4. Feb 21, 2011
    70
    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.
  5. 60
    This is much better than the usual emulator crap that Sega throws at the iOS audience. It is still not at the top of iOS gaming due to touch controls that arenĀ“t always as good as the competition. Lots of colours, good sense of speed and a fun albeit rather short game. Well worth a buy if it goes on sale.
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 15, 2011
    10
    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 veryI 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. Full Review »
  2. Jan 22, 2015
    10
    Sonic the Hedgehog has had it rough, but this is the first TRULY great Sonic game. This is something I feel is what the classics had, and itSonic the Hedgehog has had it rough, but this is the first TRULY great Sonic game. This is something I feel is what the classics had, and it overall felt like they finally took notes. Sonic Team, the template Sonic game formula, and Dimps, the contemporary formula founders, merge to make a gem of a game that tells shows the tale of Sonic's final clash for the Islands before universal domination. Well done, Sega. Welldone. Full Review »
  3. Dec 17, 2013
    6
    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 theIt 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.
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