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December 25th, 1993. A fresh-faced and (mostly) innocent little boy wakes up and rushes through his breakfast to make sure he beats his little sister to the Christmas tree. Underneath he finds four gifts: a Sega Genesis game console, RBI Baseball, Disney's Aladdin, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Twenty years later, that boy, no longer little and considerably less innocent, can relive countless wasted hours on a 5-inch phone screen. Sonic 2 is now in the Play Store.

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Sonic 2 was a big deal when it launched back in the early nineties - aside from being the first sequel to the smash hit original, it introduced bigger platforming levels with more unique elements, the now-ubiquitous Spin Dash attack, and a playable second character. Miles "Tails" Prower (it took me more than a decade to see the pun) could be played separately, but if the player chose to play as Sonic he would follow along as a limited AI character, trailing Sonic and usually dying in hilarious ways. The basic structure of the original game is preserved, including challenging bosses, fantastic music, and of course, levels tuned for speed.

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The Android version of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 comes from Christian Whitehead, whose excellent work on the Sonic CD and original Sonic Android ports did not go unnoticed. This remastered version of the game includes improved graphics and audio for modern hardware, a new Boss Attack mode, two-player versus mode, achievements, and leaderboards via Google Play Games, and a playable Knuckles (from Sonic 3 and onward). Players will also have access to the Hidden Palace Zone stage, a new level that was shelved during Sonic 2's original development. Best of all, you can now find a save option in the spanking new menu, which should alleviate lingering fears of a power outage erasing your paused game.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is $2.99 in the Play Store, and it's compatible with devices running Android 2.3 and up.

Via Joystiq

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • doob

    I have literally only just got Tails' name pun...

    • moelsen8

      Can someone please explain it to me then? Now I feel like an idiot.

      • Andrew

        'Miles per hour'

        • moelsen8

          wow. that's pretty awesome.

        • mustbepbs

          What?? I don't know. That's a stretch.

          I feel dumb.

          • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

            "A-ha! Hahahaha - ha! I stumped you! As a matter of fact, he not only survived, but his belly was full. Why? Because he feasted on "dates" from the calendar!"

      • Mr E

        Don't feel bad, I didn't get it either until Andrew spilled the beans. Now instead of confused, I'm just disappointed.

    • Andrew

      Same here, maybe because I'm used to kilometers.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      There is no judgement here. This is a safe place.

    • charles anderson

      Ha! me to i had to reread it a couple of times over slowly but it stuck lol

    • Ivan Martinez

      I googled it out of shame. I'm glad I'm among kindred spirits

  • Alex James Simon

    OMG, I made a thread on Sega's forums, a few months back asking to put the lost levels in the mobile version, and they did.

  • Mr E

    Sonic 1 is on sale today too!

  • Andrew Beard

    Anyone know if this has controller support?

    • jonathan3579

      Not that I can see...yet.

      • Andrew Beard

        I tried it when I got home and the controls work perfectly with the Shield.

        • jonathan3579

          That's good to hear. Although I wonder if that's because the Shield has the controller as it's own hardware. Did it remove the on-screen buttons?

          • Andrew Beard

            No, the onscreen buttons are still there and strangely enough when I move the control sticks I can see them move.

  • mustbepbs

    This guy is awesome. I bought Sonic CD and Sonic 1. Definitely buying this.

  • GraveUypo

    what is that teenager bitch sonic doing on the cover of a genesis game? :|

  • james


  • ChainsawCharlie

    Got no excuse, got to buy this.

  • Jays2Kings

    For anyone with a nav bar + kitkat, does the game support immersive mode?

    • jonathan3579

      Sadly not. I'm extremely disappointed by it too.

  • srelyt

    The title suggests there is an online multiplayer mode. But I see no mention of it anywhere else. Can someone confirm/infirm ? Thx.

    • jonathan3579

      There is indeed online multiplayer. I've played a few VS matches today.

      • srelyt

        Thanks! I bought it and tried it it's awesome!

  • uriel

    Nice remake the end credits now has a ciffhanger where the death egg falls on angel island also where we see knuckles's eyes in the bush when dr eggman was stomping on the end sign.

  • someguy

    yay now i can relive my childhood on my phone and tablet

  • Matthew

    I love this game but I don't know how to join a game in multiplayer mode and I want to play with my friend on gamecenter

    • Matthew

      Someone please tell me

  • angel