Tracing the origins of Sonic the Hedgehog
Friday, 30th March 2018, 5:42pm (BST), 0 Comments
Sonic the Hedgehog is a favourite for many and most players who decided to give this exciting game a try end up playing for hours on end. Sonic brings the game to life, making it one of the most immersive games you can ever play. However, despite many having fallen in love with Sonic and the Hedgehog, there are a few that are familiar with the character. Here we show you how 'Sonic' came about and in brief, you will learn the history of Sonic the Hedgehog. If you wish, you can check out the game at le meilleur casino en ligne de l'année.

Developers

Sonic is a character that was conceived by Sega in 1990 as a way of trying to counter the hegemony that was being enjoyed by Mario of Nintendo. Sega entrusted two developers, Hirokazu Yasuhara and Naoto Oshima to develop a character and a game that would challenge and compete with Nintendo's Mario. The result was the birth of Sonic. Sonic's success was instant such that it managed to eclipse two other trademark characters from Sega i.e. Flicky and Alex Kidd. It took some time for the two developers to eventually decide that the character for the new game had to be a hedgehog. Other options that were considered include a dog, an armadillo, a porcupine and an old man with a moustache (however the last character became part of the game but not as the main character). All these, however, were frowned upon by the duo settling on a hedgehog. Their reasoning was that a hedgehog was perfect in a video game as it could do damage with its spiky covering, roll around and curl up into a ball.

Ever changing hedgehog

1991 was the year that the world started to play and enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog. However, the hedgehog that put smiles on many faces back then is very different from the one available today that can be seen online at jouer aux machines à sous en ligne. In 1991, the hedgehog was much simpler, it was a simple white and black line drawing of simple shapes. The reason for this was that Sega wanted a character that would be a hit with kids and they wanted something that kids could draw without much difficulty. As time went on and new developments emerged, the hedgehog also 'developed', though still simple for kids to draw, the hedgehog adopted a new brand of colours (blue, brown, white and black). The colours were adopted so as to make the hedgehog appear more appealing to the kids and as such, it has succeeded as its continuing to woe many kids including adults also onto its side.
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The Five Best Sonic Games
Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 12:12pm (GMT), 0 Comments
The melodious hum of the Sega logo theme is a sound that will stay with 90's kids forever. From Tetris to Battle Toads, through to Crazy Taxi and even Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, Sega have had some hits worthy of a replay even now. However, if there's one creation that Sega will always be known for and rightly so, it's our favourite blue hedgehog Sonic. With almost 80 games in total, this speedy critter has entertained children and adults alike for hours on end and is one of the biggest game franchises to ever have existed. Of course, of those 70+ games there are certainly some we'd rather brush under the rug, but what about those we'd happily break out our dusty old consoles to play? Here is our list of the best Sonic games to ever have been produced.

Sonic The Hedgehog

We couldn't start this list with anything other than the very first Sonic game to ever hit the gaming market. Sonic The Hedgehog was an instant hit after creator Yuji Naka finally developed what was to be Sega's new mascot and the accompanying game. Of course, Sonic had quite the competition, with the success of Super Mario Bros and it's multitude of successful sequels dominating the market, but it battled hard and it battled well and now Sonic sits high up in the rankings right beside it's plumbing competition.

The bright colours and the fast style of gameplay were innovative at the time, and even today we find ourselves celebrating with a wealth of merchandise. Unfortunately, if you want to try your hand at this original, you'll have to cough up around $494.99 for a mint condition copy!

Sonic 2

Arguably better than its predecessor, Sonic 2 offers smarter game play and a unique design that rivalled even that of Super Mario. This game gave you the perfect opportunity to just keep going, and to keep going fast. While the original game of course had the speed we know and love, you often found yourself being stopped dead in your tracks. The clever design of well-loved levels such as Casino Night Zone made sure that this wasn't an issue in the sequel.

Instead, gamers got the opportunity to keep running, even when they came to face consequences. You could build up momentum and keep it, which was something that later games certainly learned from. It wasn't quite an origin story, but that was certainly part of the charm. You could finally enjoy the game with a much-loved character without worrying about a backstory you had to learn.

Sonic CD

Poor old Sonic CD certainly has its troubles and much of it can be put down to the console. However, the game itself was one worthy of attention and so attention we are giving it. Despite its hiccups, the concept behind the game certainly made it worthy of its later revamp, but its initial failings unfortunately meant that gems that allowed time travel weren't given the run that they needed to launch the game into the success it needed.

Despite the lack of initial success, it was the facelift it received that truly helped show off the potential behind the game. Fresh graphics brought it into a modern light and with better options for gameplay now available, there's no longer anything stopping it from getting the play it truly deserves.

Sonic Rush Adventure

As different as two games can be, Sonic Rush and Sonic Rush Adventure were both flying off the shelves. However, Sonic Rush Adventure seemed to be the more favoured of the two and while it had the same unique approach to the merging of 2D and 3D design as its predecessor, the 'Adventure' version of this game offered some incredible boss battles that fans were certainly grateful for. Oh, and we can't forget Sonic's snowboard that served to round the entire game off.

Sonic Rush Adventure had its storylines, of course, but with the subtle integration compared to other Sega offerings, it was popular among those searching for more action than adventure. With the fun design and even faster gameplay, players could definitely forgive the storylines when they did come to the forefront. Oh, and did we mention that this game is compatible with the 3DS?

Sonic 3

Sonic The Hedgehog 3 was quite possibly the most adventurous of all the Sonic games, attempting to bring a whole new level of life to the already much-loved game. With its predecessors launching Sega to its highest point yet, this game had a lot of expectation surrounding it and it definitely didn't disappoint. Granted, Sonic 3 didn't stay as Sonic 3 for long. The game was huge, expanding too far for the capabilities of the time, and thus Sonic And Knuckles was born as a sequel to the game. It may have been released as two separate games, but fans often regard the two as the same game altogether, and one of the biggest and best that Sega have ever produced. However, Sonic 3 also brought about a sad sort of feeling at the time. While this game was certainly incredible, it was also the last to follow the main storyline until four years later.

Sonic has a special place in our hearts - that much is certain - and while it may be difficult to get our hands on some mint condition classic Sega games without a hefty bank balance, there are plenty of second hand options available at a much more affordable price and sometimes even completely for free. Better yet, the franchise is still going strong, so Sonic fans old and new can easily get their hands on plenty of worthy offerings from the constantly growing collection.
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The Most Awesome Sonic Franchise Add-Ons
Friday, 9th March 2018, 11:41am (GMT), 0 Comments
The Sonic we all know and love has changed and upgraded over the years: while for all intents and purposes he's still the same little fella zooming and jumping and battling Dr Robotnik, but in his other incarnations, he gets some cool new functions and is making fans in whole new places!

The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie - Coming Soon...

We can hardly wait - Sonic will be coming to the big screen. Although our favourite blue hedgehog has appeared on screen before (in Disney's 2012 Wreck-It Ralph), the movie will be the first time he's appeared in his own cinematic adventure! The film is scheduled to be released on November 15th 2019, and will be a mix of live-action and CGI.

Sonic Slots - Available on All Devices

As if Sonic hasn't moved with the times enough, his most hi-tech upgrade comes in the form of his very own slot machine app, available across both Android and iOS devices. Free to play and download, the Sonic slot game is just one of many truly epic casino games featuring characters you know and love! With Vegas-style slots, eye-popping graphics and the usual game's storyline (rescue Sonic's friends... battle Robotnik...), this is a fun new way to play Sonic games - and maybe even get a little something in return, too!



TV: Cartoons, Anime and More!

Sonic has made quite a few TV appearances over the years! From DC-produced The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1993 to the more dramatic Sonic the Hedgehog series from 1993-95, Sonic's range of TV outings have mixed and match his gang of friends (for example - Tails was with Sonic from the very first TV series, while Knuckles makes his first appearance in another show in 1996). There was also the wildly successful, 78-episode run of Sonic X, featuring Eggman, Tails, Knuckles and more.

Sonic Wear: Wear Sonic Loud and Proud

You're nobody until someone is wearing your face on a T-shirt, right? Which is good to know, as Sonic has his face on literally hundreds of awesome t-shirts, available at a wide range of online retailers and stores nationwide! From Kohls to Target, you'll definitely be able to find some form of Sonic wear that suits your taste.

Remastered Sonic Soundtracks

Any Sonic fan worth their salt knows that the beauty is in the gameplay... and the soundtrack too. That iconic music (Sky Sanctuary? Speed Highway?) are not only the soundtrack to our childhoods, they're also astonishing pieces of music in their own right! The remastered Sonic Generations OST has become an instant fan favourite - and something which classical music fans can appreciate too!

Overall, Sonic has become so much bigger than his first few (still massively loved and played) console games. And, as technology advances more, you really never know - Sonic is so hugely popular, you'll definitely be seeing him and his friends in more places, soon enough!
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