Ten Sonic games to add to your collection

October 31st, 2023   •   By Faith Johnson

Sonic has been a mainstay in the gaming world for over 30 years and is a popular series amongst gamers of all ages, especially those of a Sega persuasion. Mage Games takes a closer look at ten Sonic games that you may wish to add to your collection.

Sonic the Hedgehog (Game Gear)

A direct port of the Master System version, this was Sonic's first outing on Sega's handheld and some feel it is better than its Mega Drive big brother. There would be eleven Sonic games released for Game Gear which makes it the system with the most original Sonic releases to date. This is also the version to appear in the subsequent Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Origins Plus.

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Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast)

It was heady days for Sonic when he appeared on the Dreamcast. Many will have fond memories of the awesome soundtrack featuring Japanese rockers Crush 40 as well as some iconic set pieces that blasted Sonic into the world of 3D gaming. However, this wasn't the first time we saw Sonic in 3D, he is an unlockable secret character in the Christmas Nights into Dreams on the Saturn.

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Sonic CD (Mega CD)

This Sonic title is famous for the excellent FMV sequences at the start and end of the adventure and the jury is still out on whether the Japanese or Western soundtrack is best. One thing that cannot be argued is just how good this platformer extravaganza is. Sonic CD features numerous endings to levels through a clever time travel mechanic and features some of the best platforming action the Blue Blur has ever seen.

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Sonic Spinball (Master System)

One of the games that often gets forgotten amongst Sonic fans. The 8-bit version of Spinball may not be as good as the better-known Mega Drive one, but it does a fine job of pinging Sonic around the pinball maze. It has all four levels from the original with only a few rooms missing as well as a great soundtrack and controls. Collectors beware, this one is quite uncommon these days and will cost many of your rings.

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Sonic & Knuckles (Mega Drive)

Never let it be said that Sega didn't push the boundaries of gaming back in the nineties. Seeing that the third instalment of Sonic was going to be too big for one cartridge they decided to split it into two separate games that 'lock-on' together to create one epic adventure. This was also the first time we got to play as Knuckles and try out his fun gliding and wall-climbing abilities.

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Sonic Shuffle (Dreamcast)

Not all Sonic are instant classics. Sega, wanting to jump on the success of Mario Party, released a party game based on a board game. While some of the mini-games are fun, long loading times, awkward controls and just a general lack of fun meant this was seen as a low point in the series. While many of the criticisms are fair, Shuffle isn't as bad as it's made out to be. At least the artwork on the box is cool, right?

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Tails Adventure (Game Gear)

Released late in the Game Gear's life, Tails Adventure is the second game to star Sonic's loveable sidekick Miles 'Tails' Prower. This puzzle-platformer has a slower pace than other Sonic titles and involves trial-and-error gameplay. You use many of Tails' gadgets to escape rooms, take down enemies and find new routes through the levels. This Sonic title could be considered a hidden gem, or should that be a hidden emerald?

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Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island (Saturn)

When the news came that Sonic X-treme for the Saturn was being cancelled it was little consolation that an upgraded port of the last Sonic Mega Drive title was being released instead. However, the Saturn version of this isometric platformer is often underappreciated. It features an excellent soundtrack and some beautiful pre-rendered graphics that brings the world of Flickies' Island to life.

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Knuckles Chaotix (32X)

Based on a working prototype of a Mega Drive game called Sonic Crackers, Knuckles Chaotix uses a rubber band mechanic to allow players to control two characters at once. It is certainly an oddball in the Sonic series and divides fans. Even if the gameplay has its ups and downs, the music and graphics in Chaotixs are amazing and playing as the Chaotix Crew is fun. This is another title that will cost a lot to add to your collection today.

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Sonic Jam (Saturn)

Many Sonic fans feel this is the best compilation of the main Mega Drive games due to Sonic Team completely rebuilding each entry and not just emulating them. It adds different difficulty levels and fixes many bugs found in the Mega Drive versions. It is also the only way to play Sonic World, a fully 3D level that gives us a tiny glimpse of what a proper 3D Sonic would have been like on Saturn.

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Faith Johnson

Faith Johnson

Game journalist and historian. I write about games in books, magazines and online. Sega, especially Sonic, is my favourite.