GOOD RETRO GAME WEEK, day 7.
Plus the Sonic theme is excellent.
I think I might have been Pavlovian conditioned to love any game with that speech clip. I love all the sound effects in this game actually.
Also this music is one of the greatest game tunes ever.
There's actually a decent amount of depth to this level, with different paths I can take. If I'd taken the high road I could have grabbed that pick up in the TV up there, and there's another path leading to a spiky dead end below me.
But on the other hand, I need to take 50 rings to the end of the level to get to the bonus stage, and I need to win bonus stages to get the proper ending, so losing all my rings is actually really annoying.
To be honest I don't remember Sonic the Hedgehog being this annoying to play. I had doubts about some of these games living up to my hazy nostalgic recollections, but I was sure that this one would be one of the good ones.
Why are you trying to make me hate you Sonic? I don't understand!
That's really Game Over? Seriously?
I didn't realise I had to jump into it.
Okay fine, yeah, putting the restart point before a dangerous part of the level does make perfect sense. I'm just annoyed that I'm back looking at this damn spiky log again.
Yeah yeah, I suppose I could always backtrack, multiple paths etc.
Of course I could have avoided being hit and losing all my rings if I'd hidden over in one of the bottom corners when his swung his ball, but alas I am an idiot.
Sure there's like ten possible bonus levels left and I only need to win six of them, plus it wasn't like I was going to finish the game anyway, but I still don't feel any happier about it.
They were only very tiny spikes though... it was worth a shot.
That's a nice looking glass effect on those pillars though.
Well that's it then. I'm not playing through all that again.
Okay fine, I'm going to keep going until I get a bonus level.
I have to remember when the exit is coming up so I know that I have to slow down or jump, or else I'll just overshoot.
Well I can't leave without getting my Chaos Emerald. No no, stop falling... no!
Is Sonic the Hedgehog as good as I remember? No. No it really isn't. It's actually really annoying at times. It can be hard to even get Sonic to walk up a hill or land on a ledge because of his inertia, yet really easy to fly into an enemy bullet and lose most of my rings. Or worse, a bottomless pit or spikes.
Still, it's far from being a terrible game. It's possible I'm being overly harsh on it because my expectations were sky high.
Only five more to go...