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Sonic's Schoolhouse is an educational computer game that teaches young learners mathematics, reading, and spelling, released in 1996 by Sega Entertainment in collaboration with BAP Interactive and Orion Interactive.

In addition, players can earn access to two mini-games (a collect-the-Rings game and a match-the-statues game) and a "field trip" section which gives them numerous facts on the various animals in the game (through video clips).

At the conclusion of the game, the player can physically print a list of all the correct answers, as well as a certificate showing the number of gumballs they earned in gameplay.

Gameplay

The entire game plays in a similar fashion to id Software's Wolfenstein 3D, in that the player plays in a world that has no variation in height and is largely composed of right angles. Nearby answers can be picked up (ranging from bouncing letters and numbers to balloons with various pictures on them) and shot back at a blackboard to answer questions (usually filling in the blanks; in the reading section through the yellow door, the player matches up pictures with their words instead), or otherwise recycled (much to Sonic's pleasure, as recycling is good for the environment). If the player gets all ten answers correct, Sonic holds up two sparklers, saying "You got all ten right! Great job!"

Sonic the Hedgehog himself is not playable, but acts as the guide; the player chooses from numerous animals to play as instead. Doctor Robotnik and his Badniks also show up to steal answers, or in the Ring mini-game, to steal all of the player's Rings.

Trivia

  • The sprites used for Sonic are borrowed from the cancelled Sonic X-Treme.
  • This marks the first 3D Sonic game to have a voice actor, as well as the first and only time Sonic was voiced by a female voice actor.
  • In the files of the game, a strange talking clock is present. It is possible that this clock was going to appear in place of Sonic, which implies the game was originally going to be a more generic game, before having Sonic elements added in. The voice of the clock is unknown.
    • What reinforces the theory of the game originally being a more generic one is that in the game files, multiple references to the game originally being called "Answer Hunt" can be found.
  • In the Rating Pending version of the box art, Sonic's arms, which are colored peach, are miscolored blue.

References

  1. SEGA ENTERTAINMENT, ORION INTERACTIVE BRING FUN AND GAMES TO PC LEARNING SOFTWARE. Business Wire (10 October 1996). Archived from the original on 20 December 1996. Retrieved on 1 February 2021.
  2. Press release: 1997-06-20: Sega chooses Expert Software for PC distribution agreement. Business Wire, Sonic Retro. Retrieved on 18 October 2020.
  3. Sonic's Schoolhouse. BAP Interactive. Archived from the original on 16 August 2007. Retrieved on 20 October 2020. “Sonic's Schoolhouse can be played as a traditional single player game, or two children can use the split screen option and play together on the same computer using the keyboard or dual Gravis Gamepads.”
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