Rated 7 out of 10 by Cupcake2 Honestly, it's not that bad of a game.
I got Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis in summer of 2007 as a surprise, since then I've been playing it on and off. Honestly, I disagree with the popular opinion, this game is not that bad.
I'll start with the good, this is the Sonic game I know and love, same levels, badniks, and concept. Graphics are colorful and it still has the same adventure of helping Sonic free cute little animals from Dr. Robotnik (or Dr. Eggman if you prefer). Controls are simple like the original as well.
The bad, there is slow down on and off, the worst slow down that happens is during Labyrinth Zone and parts of Scrap Brain Zone. At times there are some glitches I ran into, and some slight graphical differences (example spring upside down).
Despite the few problems, I still got enjoyment out of this game, just as much as I did playing any other version of Sonic.
Would I recommend it? Yes and no. Yes because Sonic the Hedgehog is a great game. No because newer handheld versions have come along for the DS and 3DS since this release.
Rated 1 out of 10 by Waverace100 Horrible Game!!!!
Sonic 1 first came out in 1991and Sega's blue icon became a legend. With a bunch of sequels, re-releases, and re-makes, here is the version that is terrible, and that's on the Gameboy Advance. In 2006 to celebrate their 15th anniversary of Sonic, they re-released the first Sonic on Gameboy and oh boy, this is just the intro to this review. This is what the game is. It had a slow frame rate, TERRIBLE collision detection, awful music that makes you want to turn the sound off, the sound effects sounded identical to a Atari game for the late 70s & early 80s, and it was zoomed in which made the game very hard to play. Also, the level select and debug cheats were scrapped from the game. Plus, the save feature sucks, its just a pick a level screen which you have to suffer throughout the game to get all of the levels. The ending sucks because that took all the flowers out during the true ending when you collected a 6 emeralds. Overall, this is a terrible and only crazy sonic fans who are like 7 or 8 years old would play this terrible port.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Jamesboyadvance 1, 1, 5, 2, WHAT!
Sonic the Hedgehog is a great game. All the reviewers seem to hate this game though. Now I do agree with the reviewers about the bad frame rate, and there is a bugginess in the game, but can't you look passed that. I mean come on, you're playing Sonic the Hedgehog in the palm of your hand. This game is great. Most of the songs are awesome! The level layout is great, and you can run at the speed of sound. The bosses are actully harder at the beginning then the end, but they are quite enjoyable. Although I hate that water level and there isn't much replay value. There are two endings depending if you get the six Chaos Emeralds or not. It was the 16-bit generations, and most great platformer such as Super Mario World had alternate paths you could have taken. Regardless this is a great game, and if you want it you can get it on X Box Arcade, the Wii Shop Chanle Sonic Mega Collection or Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collections.
Rated 1 out of 10 NOOO!
If you want to play a horribly broken and buggy mess of a game then go ahead and give Sonic the Hedgehog a try. This game is a remake of the original Sonic the Hedgehog but it's missing the care and love that went into the Sega Genesis game. The only redeemable quality the game has is the fact that it adds the spin dash that was introduced in Sonic 2 on the Genesis. But that isn't enough to save this horrible train wreck. The game stutters every time you run or hit a spring and then the framerate just dies when you pick up an invisibility item. The audio is off-pitch and the remixed music doesn't sound anything like the original music. I dare you to try and get past the first level before you smash your GBA in frustration or before crying in agony at how terrible this game is. Do yourself a favor and avoid this game at all costs.
Rated 2 out of 10 by iLoveNintendoFlo Thats No good!
I have no idea how this even got made. They are lots of great Sidescrolling platformers on the GBA but this is not one of them! This is a port of the first Sonic game on the Sega genesis or Sega Mega Drive depending on what conutry your from. I liked the first Sonic game but this is the worst port ever! The Camra is to far zoomed in for you to see ahead of you. The Sound is glichy. And the fram rate is low & unpreaictible. They are lot's better games out thare. They are ports of the old Sonic games on the DS & Wii VC as well as other collections if you want to play them don't buy this. If you are looking for a awesome Sonic game on the GBA try the Sonic Advance games the were great!
Rated 9 out of 10 by ShadowandSonic This MADE the Genesis, and is back for the GBA!
I've read these reviews, and I can stand to see my blue friend being trashed. This game is great, fixing glitches that made the original a little annoying at times. The signature Spindash is also added as an optinal technique, which would make this easier for any kids wanting to play the classic game. I'm looking forward to Sonic Generations for 3DS, and the Classic Era is gonna make the game for me. And come on, sidescrolling action, a fat evil scientist, and one cool blue hedgehog? That is pure awesome coming from a true Sonic fan, only missing 3 main story games.
Rated 1 out of 10 by Dapigeater Well, no.
This game is something else. So, in 2006 they are making a sonic game, and they decided to port this at the same time. The lag is HORRIBLE, and the screen is WAY too zoomed in. I know SEGA could've made a better game. Wait, no I don't.
Rated 1 out of 10 by Thesuperretroboy WHY SEGA WHY!?!?!
This game is the worst sonic game i ever play even though I play it on a emulator and its the same thing with all that lag and why the music to marble zone's music sounds like a sad song but the good part is the graphics some music is decent and the anniversary mode with the spin dash and chose a level to start with but dont buy this game get it on the emulator any way if your want to be so angry but you know theres a still alot of ways to get sonic on the go.
Rated 2 out of 10 by SenatorSonic One of the worst ports of all time.
No matter what you say, there is no hiding the fact that Sonic Genesis on the GBA is one of the worst ports of any game of all time. People think that this is 100% the exact same game as the original on the Genesis. NO IT IS NOT. Yes, the level designs are the same, but it isn't the same game since it isn't on the same system. There are too many problems with this game that people seem to overlook, it isn't the same game that was on the Genesis. It's a port of a game. A "port" of a game is when an old game is brought to a different console in an attempt to revive the classic games on new systems. This game failed MISERABLY, and did not come even remotely close to living up to the fan demand and just made us even angrier after Sonic 2006. Let's get into the nitty-gritty with what this games problems are. First off, the camera is zoomed in WAY too close to Sonic. This makes making specific jumps too difficult. Second, there is TOO MUCH SLOWDOWN. The game hauls like an old woman pulling a Boeing 747, it's slow beyond belief. Not only that, but the game is too glitchy. Sometimes, you will clip through the floor and fall to your death in a nonexistant bottomless pit, and other times, enemies will kill you without even touching you. Also, this game has some SERIOUS physics issues. You can jump up and hit bosses in a way that you couldn't before in the classic games. Honestly, this game has too many problems to list, and there is a reason I traded in my original cartridge to begin with. This game is a perfect example of "Genesis Does what NintenDON'T".