Sonic CD

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a game by Sega
Genres: Action, Adventure/RPG
Platforms: XBox 360, Android, PC, Playstation 3, Sega CD
Editor Rating: 8.3/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 6.5/10 - 30 votes
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Sonic CD
Sonic CD
Sonic CD

Sega's blue hedgehog is one of the biggest and most popular franchises in the world. It has transcended the video game world and has completely become a pop culture icon for many years. Sonic is an incredible series of games that has seen a little bit of everything, and it has been constantly expanding, and today we'll talk bout one of the fan-favorite games of the more classic Sonic titles, Sonic CD. But why is this game still one of the fan-favorite games even after two decades of its release? Well, let's talk about it.

About the game

Sonic CD's plot tells us about the existence of a little world called Little Planet, where the past, present, and future, coexist as one thanks to the time stones hidden within the planet. About once a month, this planet shows up over Never Lake, so Sonic sets himself to go and see the beautiful spectacle. Unfortunately, this time Little Planet has appeared covered by a metal shell, as Dr. Eggman is trying to get the power of the stones to dominate time and space, something that of course we will have to prevent at all costs.

As you can see, the story is very simple and is nothing more than an excuse to put us back at the controls of Sonic, which was very common at the time. It must also be said that this installment marked the debut of two characters of great importance for the universe of Sega's mascot. On the one hand, we have Amy Rose, Sonic's self-proclaimed girlfriend, who at first kept a quite different appearance from the one she would later wear. On the other hand, there is Metal Sonic, the charismatic robot created by Eggman to copy the hedgehog's abilities and surpass him, and who would also give us one of the most mythical encounters of the two-dimensional installments of the saga.

An interesting backstory

After the success of the first Sonic the Hedgehog, Yuji Naka traveled to the United States to work there in the development of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. In Japan, the rest of the Sonic Team was left with the mission of porting the first Mega Drive Sonic to Mega CD, taking advantage of the quality of the compact disc to include the original soundtrack by Masato Nakamura as it was originally created. However, the members of the Sonic Team did not want to be satisfied with that, so they aspired to something much bigger, an entirely new game that ended up becoming one of the best in the history of the hedgehog.

The goal of this title was to demonstrate the benefits of the Mega-CD in terms of storage capacity, as each level of the game offered different versions based on the temporal changes caused by Sonic's time travel. This translated into each level having four different designs, except for the third act of each level, which only had two. Such a prodigy would only be possible with the capacity offered by a CD, as it would have taken up too much space on a cartridge.

Review: 8.5/10

Overall and in the realm of Sonic games, Sonic CD is widely considered to be one of the bests, especially for the classic era of Sonic. The levels are very well designed, there's an incredible flow in the gameplay experience, we are introduced to incredible characters that would become staples in the franchise, and much more.


This is one of the best examples we can get of a Sonic game and one that developers should keep in mind when making a Sonic 2D game.


  • Great visuals
  • Excellent level of Design and Music
  • Excellent overall experience


  • Lacks replay value
  • A little more of the same

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Sega CD

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

More pages on the CD sequel of the century! More info, more scoop, and even better pictures than before! Much more work has been done on this hot title. First off Rosy is a side-kick in this game, but is kidnapped in the second level. Not only that, but the bonus stages that are here are filled with cool scaling effects that will make your eyes water! You guessed it, we'll have more in-depth coverage on this title as more news pumps in!

The Collision Chaos Zone is basically the next generation in Spring Yard and Casino Night zones! Huge pinball machine layouts will really confuse you after awhile. There are loads of hidden surprises (good or bad - your choice) dotted all over the place. Just take a look at the map on the right. This one nearly drove me insane! This level is sure to challenge your patience!

The first zone is filled to the Wf brim with special secrets and surprises! If you look in the right places, there will be great results! Enemies are strategically placed, and they will come after Sonic anytime, any place. Keep an eye open for the menacing mosquitoes. Let's not forget the fact that time travel also exists, so now there are twice as many hidden items! So many places to see, so little time!

Does the name Labyrinth or Aquatic Ruin pertain to these levels? As you can see, these are the new renditions of the classic water-filling ancient caverns! There are secret switches everywhere, and don't forget that you can time travel to the ruins of this place! Definitely one of the more mild zones.

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