SegaSonic the Hedgehog is an arcade game from 1993 starring Sega‘s famous blue mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. It features beautiful isometric graphics and trackball-based multiplayer gameplay.
Actually, the trackball gameplay is a bit of a problem because it’s hard to replicate using other control methods. This has prevented the game’s re-release, as Sega have had issues adapting the controls.
In MAME, on my computer, SegaSonic is just about playable, but the controls are obviously still not right, which is frustrating.
Which is a pity because I love the graphics in SegaSonic the Hedgehog – they’re wonderfully drawn, very colourful, and there are some huge sprites that move about the screen very smoothly.
Controlling either Sonic the Hedgehog, or his friends Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel, the aim is to survive scene to scene – escaping, jumping, rolling; doing whatever is required – in order to reach the boss, Dr. Eggman, in his base (The Eggman Tower) in order to teach him a lesson.
What is quite special about SegaSonic the Hedgehog is that it is a simultaneous three-player game. Meaning: three trackballs; three players on screen at the same time; three players all trying to do the same thing – survive and escape!
SegaSonic the Hedgehog takes place over seven different levels, which must be completed in the quickest time possible. Just like in regular Sonic games, you pick up rings to protect the blue hedgehog, and losing them makes him vulnerable.
Without trackball controls SegaSonic the Hedgehog is a tricky game to play. It’s possible to make your way through it using analogue controls, but it’s still not possible to enjoy the game as it was originally intended. Maybe one day someone will figure out a way to adapt it.