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Generally favorable reviews- based on 153 Ratings

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  • Summary: Sonic CD bridges the gap between his oldest adventures and his new digital exploits.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 15, 2011
    100
    If you're a fan of Sonic games and you haven't finished Sonic CD you owe it to yourself to check out this title - scratch that... if you're a fan of platformers, this remastered version is something you need to own.
  2. Dec 15, 2011
    100
    All told, Sonic CD was a masterpiece long before it appeared on the App Store. This wonderful mobile version only helps solidify its standing as one of the greatest video games of all time.
  3. Dec 15, 2011
    100
    Sonic CD is a terrific port of a great, under-appreciated Sonic game.
  4. Dec 15, 2011
    90
    Well bad news for a-holes, but good news for Sonic fans: Sonic CD is on iOS, lovingly recrafted, and you can all enjoy the hell out of it.
  5. Dec 21, 2011
    90
    Featuring your favorite characters, retro visuals, and lightning fast speeds, Sonic CD is a particularly well-developed port that easily exceeds our expectations.
  6. Dec 21, 2011
    90
    A faultless conversion of what is arguably Sonic's most accomplished adventure, Sonic CD on the iPhone combines amazing presentation with a surprising degree of depth and playability. This peerless 2D platform escapade is a must for any self-respecting iPhone gamer.
  7. Dec 21, 2011
    65
    Sonic CD was a great game in 1993. Today we can't put two hands in front of our eyes and ignore its flaws. Sega does a great job in mantaining the same old running atmosphere, but are we sure that it can still give to a 2011 user what he wants?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
  1. Dec 16, 2011
    10
    Sonic CD for iOS is an incredible game. It plays and feels just like the original from 1993, but better. This version was ported by ChristianSonic CD for iOS is an incredible game. It plays and feels just like the original from 1993, but better. This version was ported by Christian Whitehead ("The Taxman"), a long time Sonic fan and game development guru. It retains the classic graphics, with improved effects. The gameplay and controls are also improved, borrowing Sonic 2's speed and spindash. (The original controls are still available as an option for those who prefer them.) The game includes both the US and Japan soundtracks, and has Tails as an unlockable playable character. The achievements are not many, but are a cool addition to the game nonetheless. So are the online Game Center leaderboards. The virtual gamepad is implemented very nicely, and doesn't get in the way even if you're used to playing the game with a joystick. The game can be beaten fairly quickly if you're willing to see only the bad ending, but to get the complete experience, a lot of exploration is involved. I would easily pay $10 for this game, and for the current price, you'd have to be crazy not to get it. Running smoothly at 60FPS at all times, Sonic CD for iOS sets a very high standard for iOS ports. Expand
  2. Feb 25, 2016
    10
    sonic CD for IOS is by far the best 2d sonic game. great grapgics for a 1993 sega CD game, wonderful soundtrack, fantastic level design, tightsonic CD for IOS is by far the best 2d sonic game. great grapgics for a 1993 sega CD game, wonderful soundtrack, fantastic level design, tight controls especially the sonic 2 spin dash which was added to this remastered IOS version, better frame rate in the stages and MUCH better frame rate at the 3d special stages, great new time attack mode, the option to play as tails. just perfect 10/10. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2011
    10
    Sonic CD was an awesome game on Sega CD, and this is by far the best port of this game. for the first time you can choose either the AmericanSonic CD was an awesome game on Sega CD, and this is by far the best port of this game. for the first time you can choose either the American or the Japanese soundtrack, and the themes are perfectly "looped". Visually is also better, with real wide-screen ratio and pixel filters. Game-play has improved as well, you can choose either the Sonic CD Spin Dash or the more popular Mega Drive Spin Dash, Tails is a playable character with his own move-set and the whole game runs at 60 fps, which are very helpful on the Special Stages.

    Sonic CD is probably the best game of the franchise and thus far this is the best version of this masterpiece. It only costs 2$, so I recommend this game for every single Sonic fan, old and new, and for every fan of platform game.
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  4. Feb 17, 2012
    9
    OK i have played it so hard lately that surely I don't have anything to complain about... it's the best port ever made since those 90sOK i have played it so hard lately that surely I don't have anything to complain about... it's the best port ever made since those 90s old-school Sonic games that I spent so many time playing... BUT i don't know, it's not the same thing playing on the iPad, i miss the real controlpad on platformers, specially quick ones Expand
  5. Apr 13, 2016
    9
    [ Review is based on both the Sega CD version and the iOS version ] It's impossible to fall into the wrong train of Sega because any new game[ Review is based on both the Sega CD version and the iOS version ] It's impossible to fall into the wrong train of Sega because any new game released by Sega that's related to Sonic the Hedgehog most likely gets mixed reviews, hardly positive or negative. Now with a port from the Sega CD to the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, I decide to only review the iOS version because that's the only version of Sonic CD that luckily managed to get an universal acclaim line from the critics. Time traveling now comes into play with Sonic CD, as Sonic comes to save Amy Rose and Little Planet from... you know it.... Doctor Robotnik and Metal Sonic. Usual special stages, different time lines can call in different levels in the same world, and bosses which normally bring in action. Not to also mention the unforgettable soundtrack (there's two different soundtracks: US and JPN/PAL. Choose whatever suits you... unless you want them to be both which I suggest you mix whatever you love to be in those levels). It's best to play it on the original Sega CD than the iOS, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, but whatever contains them, the iOS is probably the best port out of those ports of Sonic CD available to play and review. Now since it's on iOS and no longer just on the Sega CD, you can play this game anywhere you go for just $2.99 ($3 rounded) and that's definitely cheap for such a game like this. Expand
  6. May 3, 2018
    8
    This is a great game. Its idea is really original. For 5 dollars its a great game!
  7. Feb 7, 2022
    0
    Sonic CD is one of the most overblown and overrated games of all time, Christian Whitehead's Miracle Work some how made a port that saved thisSonic CD is one of the most overblown and overrated games of all time, Christian Whitehead's Miracle Work some how made a port that saved this game from being one of the most clueless re-releases of all time. Sonic CD is a confusing mess of stages, that I can barley tell enemies from the background, and this game feels like sequel to Sonic one with the Mediocre at best stages, Cheap Trail and Error moments, and this game does not deserve the praise it gets. The game is no longer a hidden gem, and people with taste and a brain are waking up and realizing that this game a jumbled mess of a sonic game that just feels like one big bonus stage. If you want classic sonic go play some Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and If you want a easily accessible Sonic game play Sonic Manaia. Christian Whitehead added great features to this port, but he could not save it, no one can. I hope he remasters Sonic 3 & Knuckles and actually good Sonic game. Of Course these user reviews are plagued by brainless kids who give really no reason why this game is a "classic." Easy 0/10 I cant believe the Idiot "Critics" rated this game this high, higher than Warioware Twisted, Unbelievable. Expand

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