Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Sonic the Hedgehog" Arrives on the iPhone and iPod Touch!

As reported in a previous post, Sega had a port of Sonic the Hedgehog for the iPhone in the works. Now that port is available to purchase! I have yet to download and play it myself, but early reviews are fairly positive. The port has been described as not the most amazing and not the worst. Owners of older iPhones have been experiencing minor slowdown during ring losing hits, but newer devices have been much smoother. Blur during the speedier moments has been another complaint.

Features include:
• Onscreen touch controls: D-Pad and A button
• Auto-saving, even when closing the appliaction in mid-play
• Two viewing modes: fullscreen and condensed screen, so your thumbs don't cover upcoming enemies

The game is currently selling for $5.99 at the Apple App Store [buy now], which is a bit much for a port of a game released in 1991. My advice, wait for a price drop and the eventual update to fix the slowdown (and please add a spin dash option!). Once Sega perfects their emulator, they might have a real cash cow on their hands! Gameloft releases the major 3D games, and Sega releases the ports of 2D classics at decent prices ($2.99 preferably). Now, bring on Phantasy Star!

image credits: TouchArcade

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