Sonic the Hedgehog 4
Developer(s) Dimps
Publisher(s) Sega
LP'ed? Yes
Released 2010
Genre(s) Platformer
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Playbook, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone 7 and Ouya

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 was released in 2010 by Sega for downloadable platforms. 17 years since the release of Sonic 3 & Knuckles saw the long desired sequel to the Genesis classics. Sonic was returning to his roots in an all new HD adventure meant to help revitalize the old fanbase.

Game InfoEdit

Sonic 4: Episode I is a 2D side-scrolling platformer reminiscent of the original Sonic games for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. Players control Sonic the Hedgehog, using mechanics such as the original spin dash and power-ups such as shields, invincibility and speed shoes. Sonic is also able to use a homing attack, which homes in on a targeted enemy or object. Unlike the first three classic Sonic games, after completing the first act, the player is able to freely choose which zone to play via a world map, or choose to play the zones sequentially. Each of the four zones contain three acts, followed by a separate boss battle act, rather than the boss being included at the end of the third act. Each boss act is unlocked by completing all three acts in that zone. The boss battles, similar to the zones themselves, are inspired by the boss battles from older Sonic titles, although there are variations. Once all acts and boss battles within each zone are cleared, players gain access to a fifth and final zone. Special Stages in Episode I, accessed by finishing an act with at least 50 rings and then jumping into the Giant Ring that appears at the end of the stage, are based on the "Special Stages" in the original Sonic the Hedgehog. The player must tilt the playing field in order to navigate Sonic through a maze within a set time limit, collecting rings to open gates and time bonuses along the way, with the goal of each stage being to collect a Chaos Emerald. For the first time since Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic can transform into Super Sonic during regular levels after collecting all the Chaos Emeralds from the Special Stages, and at least 50 rings within the current act.


Johnny dedicated an entire Month of Sonic to the game's release, before actually heading in to the game itself. His original thoughts were positive, originally scoring the game an 8.5/10, before re-scoring it with a 7/10 in a Then and Now video.

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