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  • Summary: Sonic CD bridges the gap between his oldest adventures and his new digital exploits.
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. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 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 It feels retro, nostalgic, but not outdated I recommend it to every gamer who likes platform games. Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2012
    A great platformer with so much replayability it will make your head spin. The time travel gimmick adds alot, and you can even change the future. I recommend this to any sonic fan. Expand
  3. May 28, 2012
    One of the best Sonic games ported with the love and care it deserves. This port is absolutely fantastic, supporting full 16:9 widescreen, enhanced visual effects, tighter controls, TWO soundtracks and more. A Classic Sonic game that has finally been done justice for modern day consoles. Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Feb 12, 2014
    sonic cd brings the great platforming gameplay of the genesis games. the title features multiply level paths and different versions of each level making the game very replayable. the only flaws i can think of are that the graphics can hurt my eyes at times and some levels are annoying to play like the water levels. also this game's Japanese soundtrack is the greatest sonic soundtrack ever Expand
  6. 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. Collapse
  7. Mar 19, 2012
    Sonic CD has been ported spectacularly to the current day consoles. The controls are tighter than ever, the graphics are crisp and scroll as smooth as butter, there is both the American and Japanese soundtrack to choose from and the whole game has been perfectly upscaled for modern displays. It's coder Christian Whitehead did a perfect job and even outstripped the original. That said, however, I have never been overly keen on Sonic CD. In my opinion, the stages are far too dependent on bumpers and flippers...etc. You spend far too much time pinging around with very little control and not nearly enough time actually platforming. The time travel concept, though cool in theory, never really works as well as it should either. Great bosses, though. Expand