Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Feb 15, 2012
    It's pretty much the perfect Sonic! [March 2012, p.93]
  2. 90
    One of the best Sonic games ever get a splendid re-release with everything intact and a few good extras. This is a history lesson that every gamer should enjoy.
  3. 90
    Given the countless enhancements to this version of Sonic CD, it's surprising that Sega is selling it for a mere $5. Make no mistake: no corners have been cut, and the developers have put in more than enough extra content (in the form of audio and video options) to properly pay tribute to Sonic's finest spin.
  4. Dec 16, 2011
    This is a gift for Sonic fans. It is not only one of the best Sonic games ever made, but also a great port and adaptation, something not that frequent. Its price is also helpful to recommend it. Although the game doesn't have any improvement in graphics, they have aged well.
  5. Dec 16, 2011
    Basically, I love this game. And I love it in a way that both fans and Sonic CD newcomers should be able to love it too. Fans will love the care and attention given to the conversion of one of the all-time great Sonic games.
  6. Dec 15, 2011
    Sonic CD is a great game. I paid $300 for an attachment and $50 for the game back in the early '90s to see Sonic at his best. Now all you need is $5 and a few minutes for a file download. Sega could have easily charged twice as much for this much-loved classic.
  7. Dec 27, 2011
    Sonic CD is a labor of love, and for fans, it is a chance to finally play this often talked-about game. If you enjoy classic Sonic games, this is a must own. The amount of polish that went into it is impressive, especially for the low price tag. Sega may have soiled Sonic's name in previous years, but after Generations and now this, I think he is back on the right track to glory.
  8. Jan 6, 2012
    Sonic CD is Sonic at his finest: fast, fun, and challenging. The past and future versions of each stage coupled with collecting every Time Stone means a good deal of replay value in a small package. Decent controls and a good soundtrack make the game an overall solid package.
  9. Dec 21, 2011
    More than just a classic action game, Sonic CD is an exemplary port of a retro game to a modern platform.
  10. Dec 15, 2011
    Well bad news for a-holes, but good news for Sonic fans: Sonic CD is on XBLA, lovingly recrafted, and you can all enjoy the hell out of it.
  11. Jan 3, 2012
    Sonic CD's overall package is bare-bones, with the option for the original Japanese music and a time trial mode being the only notable additions to the game, but with the tiny price point (only 400 MS points) it's an easy thing to forgive.
  12. Dec 22, 2011
    One of the top-quality Sonic games, even if it's a bit weirder and a bit patchier. The lack of slickness ends up being a positive - this is a game that'll stick in your memory, and encourage you to keep coming back to it. Like Sonic? You'll like this one.
  13. 80
    If you're enticed by the thought of a reunion with Sega's blue mascot from when he starred in some of the best games of their age, this is for you. Sonic CD is a rerelease made with love, mixed with a dosage of nostalgia and served in a way that will make most gamers admit that Sonic has something Mario doesn't.
  14. Jan 10, 2012
    Sonic the Hedgehog has had it rough lately thanks to a number of middling games that have departed from the spirit of the first three games. Sonic CD is best served to those who played the original games back in the day and want a chance to relive the glory days. If you've never played Sonic CD and are a fan, then by all means spend the five bucks to play a game that's wildly different from any other.
  15. 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.
  16. Dec 22, 2011
    There is no doubt that this is the definitive version of a little-known, much-loved title. Sega's humility in collaborating with Whitehead, and artistry in bringing the game's strengths to the fore, is a striking achievement in 2011. For that reason, for the first time in a long time Sega, deserves its richest asset - and for the first time in a long time, those fans deserve Sega.
  17. Dec 30, 2011
    Sonic CD is already eightteen years old, but it's still one of the greatest Sonic games. Everything that was good in the 1993 version for SEGA Mega-CD, is still good in the remake. The levels have a beautiful design and the high definition tweak certainly strengthens that. A pity that SEGA didn't add anything to the remake, some bonus content would have been nice.
  18. 70
    If you missed the old days when Sega MegaDrive was the ruling console you now have the chance to understand why the blue hedgehog was so popular. [Jan 2012]
  19. 70
    Brief, reasonably entertaining and mercifully cheap. [Feb 2012, p.103]
  20. Jan 9, 2012
    Sonic Cd may not look pretty, game wise though it is a solid fun romp in the retro gaming realm.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Dec 17, 2011
    This game was amazing BEFORE it's well-deserved remake. The new engine allows the game to run smoothly (even in the special stages) - it supports wide screen, and has a vast array of other options (old/new spindash, JP/US soundtrack, screen filters) that allow you to tune the game to your liking. The achievements encourage multiple play-throughs, and unlockables will keep you busy a while after that.

    Over all, an EXCELLENT remake - I can only hope sega will continue the current upward trend - Here's hoping they'll give the Genesis trilogy the same treatment!
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  2. Dec 16, 2011
    This is the best version ever made of Sonic CD, a masterpiece of platforms games. It's very cheap and it has been improved in every aspect. Visually has a wide-screen 16:9 ratio and HD pixel filters. For the first time you can choose either the American or the Japanese soundtrack, and every theme is perfectly looped. Game-play has improved as well, you can choose between the Sonic CD or the Mega Drive Spin Dash, Tails is playable and the whole game runs at 60 fps, which are helpful on the Special Stages.

    This is the best version of the best Sonic game, and it's really cheap, so I recommend this game to every Sonic fan and all gamers of platforming games.
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  3. Jan 2, 2012
    This is possibly the Best sonic game ever made even after nearly 20 years so what the hell are you waiting for Go buy it you won't be dissapointed (FIGURE 8 FTW) Full Review »