Heads up, Jake! It’s Sonic Boom!
… No the song, not the cartoon.
The Little Planet has appeared over Mobius, and you know what that means: Dr. Robotnik has decided to use it for his next world domination scheme. But that’s not all: the Little Planet is home to the Time Stones, which are powerful gems that can control time itself. With Robotnik planning to steal the stones and mechanize the planet, it’s up to Sonic to travel across the Little Planet and save the day!
Amy Rose is also there.
And that’s Sonic CD! It plays a lot like Sonic 1, but with a twist: in each level are a number of posts that allow Sonic to travel through time. He starts each level in the present, but he can go to the past or the future. Going to the future too soon could be a mistake, though, as he could wind up in a timeline where Robotnik has successfully destroyed the environment in the given area. To prevent that, Sonic can go to the past and destroy a robot generator, which will stop Robotnik’s industrialization of that region. Or he could collect all seven Time Stones located in special stages, and get a guaranteed good future for the rest of the game.
Of the series’ classic 2D platformers, Sonic CD stands out the most. If you’ve ever wondered why, it’s because after the first game released, development was split between two branches. While both branches’ work was supposed to come together, it didn’t. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 released in 1992, while CD released in ’93. Sonic CD itself is somewhat of a cult classic; despite the fact that Sonic 2 was clearly favored, this game still has a decent following.
This is a fairly casual run of Sonic CD. I’ll be running though a
zone round each video, and getting the Time Stones as soon as possible. As such I’ll only be going for the robot generators that are required up until the Time Stones are collected. But don’t worry, every bad future WILL appear once, since I’ll be covering the alternate versions of each Act Zone 3. In addition, I’ll also be linking to the game’s music, mainly because the game’s soundtrack actually differs between the Japanese and US versions. And because even if I’m going to be playing the Japanese version, you should probably listen to those tracks on their own anyway. They’re really good.