Sonic Spinball (Sega Genesis, 1993)
|After two successful "Sonic" games on the Sega Genesis, Sega opted for something different. With "Sonic Spinball," instead of platforming gameplay, Sega's mascot finds himself in a pinball machine. When the evil Dr. Robotnik plans on using the Moebius volcano to enslave the world, only Sonic can stop him. By using the Pinball Defense System, the blue hedgehog can thwart Robotnik's plans once and for all. "Sonic Spinball" was released on November 15, 1993, in Europe, and was developed by Sega Technical Institute and published by Sega. "Sonic Spinball" is a combination of pinball and classic "Sonic the Hedgehog" platforming. When Sonic the Hedgehog is on the ground, he can walk, jump, and spin like in his standard games.
When Sonic finds himself on the edge of the platform, he can pull himself back up. Align him with a flipper to switch to classic pinball action, smashing him into obstacles and accomplishing goals. The controls are tight with the flippers reacting instantly to a press of the button. Each goal you accomplish, such as breaking open a barricade, will open a new section of the level. The goal of each level is to find the Chaos Emerald hidden inside. Once Sonic the Hedgehog grabs this emerald, he must face a boss. Use the pinball flippers to smash him against the weak points of the boss. After defeating the boss, you will move onto the next level, and in the final level, you'll face off against Robotnik himself.There are four Spinball levels in this Sega Genesis game along with four Chaos Emeralds.
Each Spinball level has a different theme, including a sewer theme in level 1 and a geothermal power station in the second level. Each level has its own objectives and unique obstacles and gets progressively harder as the game continues. The blue hedgehog has a trick up his sleeve, as he can tilt the board, which allows him to change his trajectory while in the air, and you'll need these tricks because "Sonic Spinball" is a challenging game. Players start with three lives, and once those lives are gone, it's game over. You can earn extra lives by accruing points and by finding the extra lives hidden within each level.
"Sonic Spinball" features a different graphical style from its predecessors. The graphics of the characters are more cartoonish, featuring rounded edges and more emotion in their faces. This graphical change is due to the game's association with the "Sonic" TV cartoons, and this game highlights smooth scrolling with no choppiness or flickering. The sound effects on "Sonic Spinball" mimic those of classic pinball machines. From the flippers to the tilt sounds, this Genesis title will evoke visions of an arcade room. "Sonic Spinball" was released before the advent of a rating system, but is appropriate for all ages with minimum animated violence. Gamers of all ages will love this retro title, as it combines a classic mascot with a new twist, providing hours of fun. This software is one game you will play again and again.
|Publisher||Sega of America, Inc.|
|Number of Players||1 - 4|
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