iPad/iPhone/iPod touch owners, you can consider yourselves the envy of classic gaming fans the world over right now, as today is the day that the brand new Sonic the Hedgehog game, STH 4 Episode 1, hits the App Store, way before its released on any other gaming device or console. So let’s just all pause for a moment to bask in the warm, blue glow of our iOS exclusivity shall we! And then after that, let’s find out a bit about the game. Okay, blue hedgehog fans, the action picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles left off 16 years ago, with Dr. Eggman back to his old tricks. In an effort to finally rid himself of Sonic, Dr. Eggman revisits, and improves, his very best creations. Now it’s up to Sonic to try and stop this new wave of Badniks, and thwart Dr. Eggman’s plans yet again.
The new game features two unique levels exclusively built for the iOS devices, with fully incorporated tilt controls, as well as classic gameplay elements such as the Spin Dash and the newly incorporated Homing Attack. Here’s Haruki Satomi, vice president of Digital Business at Sega of America, talking about the fact that iOS devices get the long-awaited game first:
You can download the game here for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch for $9.99/£5.99/€7.99.“We are excited to give players the opportunity to take Sonic’s latest journey with them everywhere they go. Our fans have waited 16 years for this sequel, and we wanted to bring it first to the hottest new platform in gaming.”