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Video Game / SegaSonic the Hedgehog

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SegaSonic the Hedgehog is Sonic the Hedgehog's first Arcade Game (not counting his appearance as an inanimate object in Rad Mobile, or the also-Japan-only Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car kiddie ride), released in 1993. 1 to 3 players can choose between Sonic and his friends, Ray and Mighty, to escape from Eggman Island while the doctor sends all sorts of traps to run over them. As a unique element, character movement was handled via a trackball instead of the typical joystick, allowing the player to maneuver the characters in a very fluid fashion (a precursor to analog controls). However this trackball system has also resulted in issues bringing this game out in any other form.

The objective of each level is to get away from whatever is chasing you while dodging thematic obstacles and trying to collect as many rings as possible since they recover HP, give you a health bonus if you collect more than 50% of them and are also the only things that increase the score.


This is also the first Sonic game (alongside Sonic the Hedgehog CD) to have voice acting and dialogue for the characters.

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