At GDC earlier this year, we learned that Sega ported the original Sonic the Hedgehog to Android, giving a new generation of gamers a chance to experience the game that kicked off one of the industry's largest franchises. The port, which finally showed up in the Play Store earlier today (several weeks late), comes with widescreen support and features exclusive to mobile versions, such as the ability to play as Tails and Knuckles. Both characters retain their abilities to fly, glide, and climb up walls.

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Sonic the Hedgehog has been ported over a dozen times, with at least six of those ports being to other Sega consoles. Even ported versions of the game have been re-ported more often than most games get ported once, such as the 8-bit version made for Sega's weaker consoles. If you have any console released since the turn of the millennium, you can find a version of Sonic released for it, and that's not even counting its sequels. Yet at $2.99, this is arguably one of the cheapest ports yet.

The Android version comes complete with a re-mastered soundtrack, achievements, and leaderboards. Those who aren't old enough to have grown up playing the original shouldn't be surprised that they can't come close to the top scoring player. For many of us, Sonic the Hedgehog was the first game we ever played (Okay, mine was Sonic the Hedgehog 2). It's personal.

The game runs at a smooth 60 frames per second, which could still be too slow for the fastest gamers challenging themselves in the new time attack mode. Though an iOS version also launched today, the Android title offers exclusive support for all HID controllers, including the Power A Moga, Nyko, and Xbox controllers. This could really come in handy when the virtual controls inevitably prove too slow to keep up with some fans.

And despite what the Play Store says, his name was Dr. Robotnik.

Source: Sega of America

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://profiles.google.com/atlbaird Evan Anderson

    I was beyond pumped to see this.... My first game was sonic the hedgehog 2 as well my grand ma bought it for me when I was about 3 and I have been a loyal fan ever since.... Hell I still have and play my original Sega Genisis copies from tone to time instant by for me

  • umataro42

    I only had Nintendo as a kid (NES, then SNES) so I never got to play Sonic, but looks like this could be my chance and $2.99 isn't bad compared to the price of a console game, even back then.

  • Chris

    This was my first game I ever played. me being a kid at the time, broke the sega. Got a Nintendo 64 shortly after....

    if only nintendo can get some of their CLASSICS up to the 64 era on mobile. That would be great...,.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    But does it use Blast Processing?

  • smeddy

    Now I NEED Sonic 2 :)

  • Megaton

    Any idea why the Play Store would say it's not compatible with my Evo 4G LTE?

    • BillWarren

      just as Karen said I'm blown away that a stay at home mom can profit $7399 in one month on the inetwork.

    • BillWarren

      ...----goo.gl/gyNv7 (Home more information)

  • Tomas Haley-Ohrt

    I HIGHLY recommend this. The trailer just makes it look like a normal old port, but if you download it you can see that a lot of love went into this rerelease. Even the menus are some of the most beautiful I've seen in an app. Apparently they had to completely remake the game from the ground up (new coding and new engine) to get it to run at 60fps and add the new features, and I say it was worth it.

    Uh, yeah. Thumbs up from me.

    • http://twitter.com/Lammjr Lamm

      ┬┤the original sonic runs at 60fps.

      • GraveUypo

        well, it was interlaced so it actually ran at 60 halves of frames per second. but the animation had 60 states in a second indeed.

  • Could be Anyone

    I got this on my megadrive emulator already and honestly I think it looks better the original classic way.

  • Michael Parker

    Its not a fu**ing port, its a remake.

    • Could be Anyone

      And your point is?

      • Steve Green

        That words have meanings. Using them incorrectly reduces their ability to communicate meaningful information since now we have to figure out what you really meant.

        • Could be Anyone

          You love looking for hidden meanings when there isn't one don't you.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Listen, definitions matter and all, but don't be so high-and-mighty about it when you know very well that the term "port" is colloquially used to mean any old / existing game that is released on a new platform.

      "Remake" implies a far more extensive visual / mechanical / content overhaul than what's gone on here. Clearly, they've done a lot of work to make the game run smoother, revamped the menus for touch, and added a little bit of content in the form of Tails and Knuckles.

      But the visual assets, levels, and gameplay are the same as the original. We're definitely closer to "port" than "remake" here. This game is as Star Wars IV Remastered is to the original, not as Oceans Eleven is to the 1960 version.

  • fixxmyhead

    I remember when my parents bought me a used Sega back in the days and it came with this game, I was so excited.

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  • luigi

    I remember original sonic 1 on megadrive didn't have any memory save whatsoever,
    I played in tandem with my friend to finish it full day straight, on weekend.

    thanks god gaming console at that time can play 12 hours without overheat :)

  • loki

    hey, how to unlock tails or knuckles ?
    I've reached marble zone still no sign to play tails/knuckles on prev green hill zone.
    if I have to complete all using sonic first that's insane

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      You have to get Sonic & Knuckles, and then plug this into the top of it ;)

      ...Bazinga, I don't know

      • http://twitter.com/bertelking Bertel King, Jr.

        You just made my day.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    I might have to get it just for that "SEGA" opening jingle!

    • http://twitter.com/bertelking Bertel King, Jr.

      I'm so glad Sega brought that back. Any game that begins with that sound could be crap and I'd probably still walk away with a smile.

      Well, not if they re-release Shadow the Hedgehog.

  • bean12345

    why would you pay for this when it can be run perfectly well using a megadrive emulator

    • blunden

      For one, you support their decision to revive and remaster the older games. A second reason would be that this will probably provide you with proper Hor+ widescreen (if it uses the same new engine as Sonic CD), unlike emulators.

  • Matthew Edwards

    I just want Sonic Dash!

  • Arron Bailey

    Sonic 2 is planned as well, hope to god they realise they need to port Sonic 3/Sonic & Knuckles too! The first two have already been ported to the death for nearly everything!

  • primalxconvoy

    I agree with the bit about "Robotnik".


    "...Yet at $2.99, this is arguably one of the cheapest ports yet..."

    That's too expensive for me especially as emulated versions pay just fine.