Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1

Download Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 and join Sonic in a new 2D adventure! Experience classic gameplay, updated graphics, and new zones as you race to defeat Dr. Eggman once again. Can you collect all the Chaos Emeralds and save the world? Play now!
a game by Sonic Team
Platforms: PC (2010), Playstation 3
Editor Rating: 8.9/10, based on 4 reviews, 2 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.2/10 - 33 votes
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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1

I want to start by saying Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I is not a bad game at all. I have always liked Sonic and he is my son's favorite game character so we play every game and you know what? Even the modern 3D Sonic games are not as bad as people would have you believe. Still, I was very excited when this was announced as I thought it could be that perfect blend of modern and old school Sonic (spoiler alert it was Sonic Colors that did that) it may not be great, but this is far from the horrible game people say it is.

The Journey Begins

As the name suggests, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I is only the first part of what would be a two-part game, well three if you count the Episode Metal that was also released. The game follows on from Sonic & Knuckles. Tails has gone and Sonic is doing his own thing, little did he know that Eggman was once again plotting and was out for revenge after being bested in Sonic & Knuckles.

Is That Grass Or Plastic?

The visuals of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I are a very mixed bag. The game certainly has a nice and clean look to everything, but it is perhaps a tad “too clean” if you know what I mean. This is most evident in areas that are like Green Hill Zone. Rather than looking like grass, everything here looks like plastic the whole game actually has a bit of a plastic look to it.

Rockin’ Sonic

One thing that I feel they did get very right with this game is the soundtrack. It has a real “Sonic” vibe to it and I really do enjoy all of the music in this game. The sound effects are what you would expect and also have that classic “Sonicness” to them that we have come to expect over the years.

4 Zones!

It is worth noting that what we have here with Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I is just the first part of one game. When it was released people were mad as hell that the game only had four zones! The game makes you play the first zone, but then you are free to play the others in any order you like. The zones all have a Sonic feel to them and feature three acts along with a boss battle against Dr. Eggman.

The gameplay is fun, Sonic can do what you expect of him, but he also has the targeting attack that he was given in his 3D games. It works fairly well in this 2D setting so I have no complaints about them using it here. There is a special stage you can do if you collect 50 rings in a stage, just like in the OG Sonic game. The gameplay is fine, but it has a kind of slippery feel to it that is hard to explain.


The Sonic franchise gets far to much hate for my liking. I would not say that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I is the best 2D Sonic game ever made, but it is not a bad one at all. Really it is only half a game and I do think that Episode II is far, far better than this. However, in its own right, this is still a fun time if you are a Sonic fan. Rather than just playing this, I would advise you to play this and Episode II together as that is really the complete Sonic 4 experience.


  • Sonic moves as fast as always
  • I liked how the story continued from Sonic & Knuckles
  • The zones have an old school feel to them
  • I thought the soundtrack was fantastic
  • You can play the zones in any order you want


  • This is really only half a game
  • I do not like the way grass looks at all in this game!

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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

Game Reviews

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is a colorful, dynamic, and nostalgic 2D game about Sonic, where the player will run through fabulous locations, collecting rings and killing Doctor Robotnik's minions. The 2D platformer in modern graphics will delight old fans.

The beginning of the adventure

Sonic is a blue-haired hedgehog who can run at the speed of sound. He is one of the most recognizable characters. Sonic runs at full speed from the beginning of the map to the finish line and accumulates gold rings. The player is in for a real drive.

The famous platformer series that began back in the nineties continues: after the terrible defeat of Eggman, the villain gathers his strength again and challenges the hero. The villain hunts for the main Emerald, which is hidden on Angel Island. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 is an updated classic born in the days of Mario Bros. and Pac-Man.


All levels are designed with great attention to detail and require great agility and great speed. Many obstacles await the player:

  • High and risky platforms that can move and fall into a dark abyss or hot lava
  • Long loops where Sonic will find himself upside down
  • Deep valleys with spikes below, where you can die quickly
  • Flooded caves - hold your breath and remember how to swim out
  • Huge springs that will throw you over the top of the cliff
  • Labyrinths. Only the strongest will get out!

The game consists of four levels, divided into several acts. Each location can be completed in multiple ways, so players prefer to replay the game again to get to the finish line faster and collect maximum speed points. Go through every meter of Splash Hill, Casino Street, Lost Labyrinth, and Mad Gear Zone.

Beautiful melodies accompany us every step of the way and refer back to the sixteen-bit version of Sonic, but with improved sound quality.


The charismatic SEGA mascot returns to the hunt, this time in updated and colorful graphics. Cool gameplay and attention to detail make for a good game.

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