Sega releases 'Sonic the Hedgehog 2' free on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV to celebrate 25th anni...

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Sega has added another classic title to its Sega Forever free-to-play game collection, by making the iPhone and iPad port of 'Sonic the Hedgehog 2' available to download on iOS and tvOS, on the 25th anniversary of the original game's release on the Genesis game console.




The second game in the Sonic franchise for the Sega Genesis, "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" continued the fast-paced action of the original, adding in new features alongside its established graphical style and complex platforming levels. "Sonic 2" added in a second playable character, a fox called Tails that was capable of aiding Sonic throughout the adventure, as well as serving as the opponent for the new multiplayer mode.

In the re-release, players can run through twelve zones, including underwater caverns and casinos, complete with bosses and the challenge of collecting all of the Chaos Emeralds and turning into Super Sonic. This version adds in a secret Hidden Palace Zone that wasn't included in the original release, as well as the option of playing through the game as Knuckles, a character introduced later in the series.




Running at 60 frames per second in widescreen and with a remastered soundtrack, the game also allows players to save their progress at any point, making it more suitable for brief gameplay sessions. A time attack mode, online multiplayer with friends or random opponents, and online leaderboards are also included.

As with other games in the Sega Forever series, "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" is free to download and play, supported by advertising, but an in-app purchase of $1.99 removes all ads. The game requires iOS 8.0 or later to run, is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is also playable on the Apple TV.

The game originally shipped in Japan on November 21, 1992, with this year marking the 25th anniversary of its release. "Sonic 2" joins its predecessor on the Sega Forever roster, alongside the Sonic Team-developed "Ristar," "Altered Beast," "Comix Zone," and other classic titles.

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  • Reply 1 of 11
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    Apple TV is getting stiffed by all game developers.

    Where’s Sega forever? Sonic Mania? Crazy Taxi?

    I would pay $50 to have Sega Forever on my Apple TV. 

    Fu** you Sega. 

    Edit: I thought Sega Forever was a single app that gave access to Segas back catalog from Master system to Dreamcast with games added regularly.

    Turns out it’s an initiative to bring games one at a time to the App Store. Still you see a ton of awesome games on the App Store that skipped tvOS like Comix Zone and Crazy Taxi. 
    edited November 2017 razorpit
  • Reply 2 of 11
    cali said:
    Apple TV is getting stiffed by all game developers.

    Where’s Sega forever? Sonic Mania? Crazy Taxi?

    I would pay $50 to have Sega Forever on my Apple TV. 

    Fu** you Sega. 

    Edit: I thought Sega Forever was a single app that gave access to Segas back catalog from Master system to Dreamcast with games added regularly.

    Turns out it’s an initiative to bring games one at a time to the App Store. Still you see a ton of awesome games on the App Store that skipped tvOS like Comix Zone and Crazy Taxi. 
    It seems like the games that already supported tvOS in their previous incarnation (including Sonic 1 & 2) retain tvOS support once they are updated for Sega Forever and become free to play. Games that did not previously have tvOS support (Crazy Taxi, Comix Zone) don't gain it. We asked Sega about this months ago, and the official company line was that they are looking into it.
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Wasted countless hours playing this game many years ago. May waste a few more now.
    magman1979razorpitpscooter63
  • Reply 4 of 11
    Now I won't get ANY work done at work!!!
  • Reply 5 of 11
    Looks like it’s only the US, it’s not available in the UK
  • Reply 6 of 11
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    lightvox said:
    Free w/ ads.  So not free...
    I ran through a few levels on tvOS no ads.
  • Reply 7 of 11
    best $25 i ever spent was re-capturing my young teen years by buying a used Genesis and about 20 titles (the Sonics, Madden '95, etc...)
    cali
  • Reply 8 of 11
    dunksdunks Posts: 1,200member
    For me this just underscores how horrible touch displays are for games that require precise directional inputs. At least it's keeping the Switch and Nintendo alive, I guess.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    paying to remove ads does not a free game make.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    paying to remove ads does not a free game make.
    You have a keen grasp of the obvious.
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