Sonic Gameworld

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Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld
Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld cover art.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s) Aspect[1]
Publisher(s) Sega[1]
Designer(s) Fumikazu Sugawara[2]
Masayo Yoshioka
Composer(s) Kojiro Mikusa[2]
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
Platform(s) Sega Pico[3]
Release date(s)
  • JP August 1994
  • NA November 1996[3]
Genre(s) Edutainment[3]
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Storyware

Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグゲームワールド Sonikku za Hejjihoggu Gēmuwārudo?)[2] is a game developed by Aspect for the Sega Pico.[2] It was released in Japan in August 1994.[2] The game was not released in North America until November 1996 and was never released in Europe.[2]

Summary and plot[edit]

Japanese title screen
A screenshot featuring gameplay from "Eggman Assault". Unlike the North American version, this version features fantasy violence.

Dr. Eggman has hidden a Chaos Emerald on each of the five floors of the Gameworld, an amusement park-like tower. Sonic, Tails and Amy must beat all the minigames on each level and find the Emeralds.[2] The Story Mode is eliminated in the North American version and only has the Game Mode. Only 11 of the 17 games are in the North American version.

The video game is essentially a children's party game featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles Tails Prower, Amy Rose, and Dr. Eggman, and features many different mini-games.[2]

Pages[edit]

First page[edit]

This page has a sports/racing setting.

Mini games
  • "Car Race" (カーレース Kā Rēsu?) - An automobile race between three other characters.
  • "Tree Climbing Race" (きのぼりレース Kinobori Rēsu?) / "Tree Climb" - A contest to see which monkey - player one's, two's or three's, can nab the most coconuts.
  • "Skee ball Race" (たまいれレース Tamaire Rēsu?) / "Sonic-Ball" - A game of Skee ball involving Sonic and co. competing against each other.
  • "Shoot Game" (シュートゲーム Shūto Gēmu?) / "Hoops" - A game to see how many baskets players can score.

Second page[edit]

This page has a carnival setting.

Mini games
  • "Flag Raising Game" (はたあげゲーム Hata Age Gēmu?) / "Flag" - A game requiring players to tap the buttons corresponding to the flags raised.
  • "UFO Catcher" (ユーフォーキャッチャー Yūfō Kyatchā?) / "Toy Drop" - A game involving picking up toys with a crane.
  • "Eggman Assault" (エッグマンたたき Egguman Tataki?) / "Robotnik Bop" - A Whack-A-Mole style game with Robotnik as the "mole".
  • "Fortune-telling" (うらない Uranai?) - A game where players must enter their date of birth and date of birth of the desired partner and the game will show the compatibility rating. This game was removed in the American version.

Third page[edit]

This page has a casino setting. The casino theme and all of the games except the third listed were removed.[2]

Mini games
  • "Slot Machine" (スロットマシーン Surotto Mashīn?) - This game was removed in the American version.
  • "Roulette Game" (ルーレットゲーム Rūretto Gēmu?) - This game was removed in the American version.
  • "Nervous breakdown" (しんけいすいじゃく Shinkei-suijaku?) / "Concentration Memory Cards"
  • "Poker Game" (ポーカーゲーム Pōkā Gēmu?) - This game was removed in the American version.
  • "Bakudan Nuki" (バクダンぬき Bakudan Nuki?) - a variation of the Victorian card game "Old Maid". This game was removed in the American version.

Fourth page[edit]

This page has a machine setting. The contents of this page and the Concentration game from the third page are put into a single page.[2]

Mini games
  • "Janken Game" (ジャンケンゲーム Janken Gēmu?) - This game was removed in the American version.
  • "What's Inside the Egg?" (たまごのなかみは? Tamago no Nakami wa??) / "Egg Switch"
  • "Fighting Roulette" (かくとうルーレット Kakutō Rūretto?) / "Sonic VS Robotnik" - a basic turn-based combat variation of roulette with eight spaces.[4]

Fifth page[edit]

This page takes place on the roof of the Gameworld.

Mini game
  • "Chaos Search Game" (カオスさがしゲーム Kaosu Sagashi Gēmu?) / "Diamond Maze" - this game requires the player to find the five chaos emeralds before Robotnik does.

Extra page[edit]

This page is for coloring Sonic and his friends or drawing pictures using the magic pen. This page is only seen in the American version of the game.

Once inside the page, players have the option of changing the in-game music, selecting from several animated stamps, making the picture move in a wave-like motion and to flip the artwork in the opposite direction.[5]

Reception[edit]

Allgame gave Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld a rating of 2.5 stars out of a possible 5.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ratings information". Allgame. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Miscellaneous information". Green Hill Zone. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ a b c "Release information". sonic HQ Archives. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Sonic vs. Robotnik game information". Sonic Cult. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Fifth page information". Sonic Retro. Retrieved 2012-11-12.