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Thursday, January 3, 2008
Sonic The Hedgehog Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a new review of Sonic The Hedgehog for iPod. The game brings the well known sidescroling action hero to Apple's multimedia device. The Game Room gave Sonic for iPod a score of 2 out of 5.

From the review:

Sonic employs two different control schemesóScheme A, as itís called, is a two-handed method that requires you to get both thumbs on the Click Wheel and actually click the buttons in order to make Sonic run and jump. Scheme B, a one-handed scheme, uses touching instead of clicking. Neither scheme works particularly wellóneither has the precision or control of a d-pad with a separate button.

That, unfortunately, kills Sonic on the iPod for me. Itís not unplayable, but itís incredibly frustrating. And the last thing I want to do is be frustrated while Iím playing a game because of wonky controls, something that I, as a player, have no control over.

Please donít get the impression that Sonic is poorly developed. In fact, it looks and runs fabulously, lets you save at the beginning of any stage you reach, and provides you with an unlimited number of continues, so you can keep playing as long as you like. A tutorial will help you get started, and the game includes all six worlds youíll find in the original console cartridge version. And itís clear that the developers sought to overcome the gameís most basic problemóits control system being designed for a fundamentally different device. But unfortunately, their creativity in doing so doesnít work around the iPodís shortcomings in this area.
The full review is available at the link provided below.

Macworld's Game Room: Sonic The Hedgehog Review

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