Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 16, 2012
    Sega have succeeded in adding just enough tweaks and extras to convert the unconvinced.
  2. Jan 3, 2012
    Probably the best Sonic compilation ever.
  3. Dec 28, 2011
    Sonic CD's obtuse level design and time travel gimmick remain as divisive as ever, but for $5 it's easy to pull the trigger for fans and newcomers alike.
  4. Jan 3, 2012
    More than just a classic action game, Sonic CD is an exemplary port of a retro game to a modern platform.
  5. Dec 15, 2011
    One of the best games in the series, Sonic CD jump again into home consoles, computers and iOS, in a great conversion from the classic Mega CD Version. And this time with Tails and the japanese/american soundtrack selection option!
  6. Jan 25, 2012
    Cheap as chips and wonderfully nostalgic, even for new players. [Feb 2012, p.81]
  7. This SEGA-classic is considered by many to be the best Sonic-game ever made. Sonic goes so fast in this iteration that he can even travel through time, making the pimped out DeLorean from Back to the Future seem like a pushover. [February 2012, p.101]
  8. Jan 17, 2012
    You´ll get an excellent Jump'n'Run featuring this special, distinct look of the early 90s and a few almost brilliant and some otherwise still great stages. If it weren´t for Sonic & Knuckles, this would be Sonic´s crowning achievement of the past.
  9. Dec 28, 2011
    Complaints aside, I've really enjoyed the recent time I've spent with Sonic CD. The game begins to shine after you get accustomed to traveling through time and exploring each unique level. This downloadable rerelease is an easy choice for fans of the series or anyone interested in some pure platforming goodness.
  10. Dec 16, 2011
    Sonic CD is one of the more robust examples of quality nostalgia and how developers should handle their distribution in the modern age.
  11. It's still worth going back to see where [Little Spiky's] come from. [March 2012, p.103]
  12. This is the meanest Sonic game ever. Springs will punt you into spikes, the layout works against you as it's hard to get the blue fella up to speed, and the 3D special stage (a rip-off of classic SNES game F-Zero) is tripe. Bummer. [February 2012, p.76]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 27, 2012
    This is easily the most underrated Sonic game of all time and would be Sonics crowning achievement if it wasn't for Sonic 2 in my opinion. Either way this is unmissable for fans of Sonic and great 2D platformers. Full Review »
  2. Dec 20, 2011
    This version of Sonic CD made by Christian Whitehead is simple the best one. It has 60 frames per second, 16:9 wide-screen, HD pixel filters, there are two types of spin-dash, you can choose the soundtrack you like more, every theme is perfectly looped . The special stages has been improved as well, it supports leader-boards and trophies and it's only 5$. It feels retro, nostalgic, but not outdated I recommend it to every gamer who likes platform games. Full Review »
  3. Jun 10, 2012
    One of the best platformer games ever. If you thought this game was a masterpiece before, this port will blow your mind. It has so many nice additions, such as Tails, HD filters, and the JP soundtrack is also available. If you like Sonic, this is a must buy. Full Review »