Retro Feature: Sonic CD

This is a series of posts featuring some of the new and good retro games that Google has been featuring. The goal is to give you a good idea of what the game is about and if it is worth the price they are asking for. This is NOT a review.

If you remember the many iterations of Sonic on your old Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS and etc, you’ll most likely thoroughly enjoy Sonic CD for the Android platform. I remember getting to play Sonic on the Gamebody and that would just be something I would play for hours on end, so finding that Sonic was on the Android platform was definitely a joyful and time consuming experience. Now, the game is going to set you back  $5, but is entirely worth the purchase. You can still pull hours and hours of time out of the game, which is great, especially for the sort of expensive price it sits at.

Sonic CD isn’t awkward with touch controls at all. It takes a little getting used to, as it isn’t the easy to-pick-up Gameboy pad. Still, after getting the hang of the controls, you will be able to fluently control Sonic around the world and gather all of those rings we all covet. Sonic CD has multiple places for you to explore and travel through, and most of them are pretty nostalgic environments. I’ve seen a lot of people say things along the lines of, “Oh! I remember this area!” With that said, Sega of America did a great job porting this title over to the Android platform. Just because this does not feel like a backdoor emulator, I would definitely say that it is entirely worth the $5 just for their awesome effort.

You would probably be surprised, but this game actually feels like it plays better on the smartphone than the tablet. It could be that I am used to a smaller screen for these types of games, or the fact that the game itself just fits perfectly on a tinier screen. It just seems like you can focus on the game more with your smartphone due to how small it is, than how large the tablet is. Just a personal opinion, take that as you wish.

Sonic CD is available on the iTunes store, and many reviews have claimed that the game is fantastic on iOS. I can’t confirm that due to the lack of a iOS device in my possession, but I really wouldn’t put it past Sega to make a great port. With that said, Sonic CD does play fantastically on Android, but iOS I can not confirm, but others say that it really does work well and is very much so worth the $5.

If you are wanting to download Sonic CD, you can hit the download links below that will take you to Google Play or iTunes respectively to download this title. Again, the game costs $5, so you may want to check out on of their free versions first.

downloads: Google Play, iTunes