Sonic the Hedgehog 2, also known as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Classic, is a remastered version of the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Mega Drive. It was published by Sega for the iOS and Android in late 2013, having been developed by Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley following their remastered digital re-releases of Sonic the Hedgehog CD and Sonic the Hedgehog.
West Side Island is a beautiful island full of green hills and fields. Despite its appearance, a legend speaks of seven mystical stones laying there. According to this legend, after an ancient civilization abused their power, these stones were sealed by the gods on the island.
After the South Island incident, Sonic sets out for new adventures in his biplane, the Tornado. Eventually, he finds West Side Island, and decides to land there. There, he meets Miles "Tails" Prower, a two-tailed fox, who is inspired by Sonic's cool demeanor. One day, Tails marvels at the Tornado. However, it is in this moment that Dr. Eggman makes his entrance. Having learned of the legend, which he believes to be related to the Chaos Emeralds, he tears West Side Island up with his army of Badniks to find the Emeralds.
Attempting to stop Eggman, Sonic and Tails explore the various Zones of West Side Island, defeating Eggman various times along the way. Eventually, the two use the Tornado to reach the doctor's Wing Fortress Zone. However, the Tornado is attacked, forcing Sonic, who managed to get aboard the vessel, to continue alone. After defeating Eggman once more, the doctor tries to escape to the Death Egg in space. With Tails returning in the Tornado, Sonic manages to grab onto Eggman's space rocket and ends up aboard the Death Egg. There, he defeats Mecha Sonic and the doctor himself in his Death Egg Robot. After defeating Eggman, a chain-reaction is triggered, causing the Death Egg to explode and forcing Sonic to escape. From there, the ending of the game will depend on the player's progress:
- If the player has not managed to collect all seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic will be saved by Tails on the Tornado. After the credits, a laughing Eggman will juggle the Emeralds the player did not collect while the text "TRY AGAIN" is shown.
- If the player has managed to collect all seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic (transformed into Super Sonic) will meet Tails, who has tried to save him with the Tornado. After the credits, the Death Egg will be shown crash-landing on Angel Island, and a frustrated Eggman will be jumping on the text "END" while he is being watched by Knuckles from a bush.
- If the player is playing as Knuckles, the ending will be the same, except that Knuckles will not appear in the post-credits scene.
Trying to imitate the gameplay of the earliest Sonic games, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a 2D side-scrolling video game, which plays exactly like the original game. The player can take control of either Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles. They can also play as Sonic or Knuckles (the latter only through cheats) with an AI-controlled Tails following them. Each character has their own abilities that the player can use to their advantage. To move their character around, the player has to use , located at the left side of the screen. On the right, there is a button that will make the playable character jump when tapped.
Like the original game, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is divided into eleven Zones which include the newly-added Hidden Palace Zone. Each Zone is divided into Acts, which the player must complete in less than ten minutes. In these Acts, many gimmicks, obstacles and Badniks can be found. Rings serve as the playable character's main method of protection; if the player is hit while having at least one Ring, they will survive, though they will lose all their Rings. On the other hand, getting hit without having any Rings will cause the player to lose a life. If this is the case, they will respawn at the last Star Post they touched, or at the start of the Act if no Star Posts have been touched. However, if the player runs out of lives, they will get a Game Over. To complete each Act, the player has to spin a Goal Plate or open a Capsule after defeating a boss. In either scenario, they will get bonus points based on the Rings they have gathered and the time taken to finish the Act.
- The main menu has been completely redesigned, as previously seen in the 2013 remaster of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- The player can now save their progress in up to four save states. Infinite continues are provided as a result.
- After completing the game, the save state will be named "COMPLETE". Tapping onto it will take the player to a Level Select-like menu, where they will be able to choose a Zone to play.
- A Time Attack mode is added. In addition, it features a new exclusive Zone called Boss Attack Zone, which requires the player to defeat all of the game's bosses, except for the Hidden Palace Zone's boss.
- The game features a new multiplayer mode.
- Hidden Palace Zone, which was included as a scrapped zone during the development of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, is brought back. It comes with its own original boss and new enemies. It uses Mystic Cave Zone's two-player music as the background music.
- The Level Select adds many new secrets:
- Through a secret mini-menu, it is possible to use the elemental shields from Sonic the Hedgehog 3. There is also the option to replace all normal monitors with Random monitors.
- This mini-menu also allows the player to play as Knuckles while being accompanied by Tails.
- A secret eighth Special Stage is added.
- The version of Hidden Palace Zone from the Simon Wai prototype has been added under the name Proto Palace Zone.
- Through Debug Mode, the player can place a newly-added S monitor. This makes it possible for Tails to turn into Super Tails.
- The game is now rendered in full 60 FPS.
- The soundtrack has been fully remastered.
- The life HUD has been moved to the top right corner of the screen.
- Tails can now fly and airlift Sonic or Knuckles.
- Knuckles is included as a playable character in the game (like in Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2) without the need for the Sega Mega Drive cartridge's unique lock-on technology between Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic & Knuckles.
- However, unlike in Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the color palette for certain items does not change.
- Sonic now transforms into Super Sonic if the jump button is tapped again during a jump with at least fifty Rings, rather than by simply jumping.
- Special Stages are now rendered in 3D-rendered environments.
- Mystic Cave Zone Act 2 has the infamous "spike pit" removed. Instead, there is a bottomless pit that takes the player to Hidden Palace Zone.
- New post-credits scenes have been added, resembling the ones from Sonic the Hedgehog.
(Emerald Hill Zone)
(Chemical Plant Zone)
(Aquatic Ruin Zone)
(Casino Night Zone)
|5||Egg Scorcher Mk II|
(Hill Top Zone)
(Mystic Cave Zone)
(Hidden Palace Zone)
(Oil Ocean Zone)
(Wing Fortress Zone)
(Death Egg Zone)
|11||Death Egg Robot|
(Death Egg Zone)
Time Attack is a new mode added to this game in which the player has to pass Acts in the least amount of time possible. The only playable character here is Sonic. All 1-Up Item Boxes are removed, but the time HUD also counts milliseconds. Boss Attack Zone has been added as an exclusive Zone for this mode, while Sky Chase Zone is removed.
When using Time Attack, the players select a Zone and Act to race through; the Acts available depend on how far the player has gotten in the game. Upon completing an Act, the player is graded based on their time. The game saves and records the player's best times, which can be compared to those on a personal list of best time logs.
2P Versus is a competition mode of the game. The player can play as either Sonic, Tails or Knuckles, and are given the election to join a match or create one. For the latter, they are given the following options:
- Game: The player can set the number of matches from one to eight.
- Items: The player is given the following options:
Help & Options
Help & Options is the settings menu for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which holds the following options:
- Instructions: A short summary about the plot of the game followed by basic controls, gimmicks, and objects.
- Settings: The settings menu of the game. It holds the following options:
- Music: Change the volume of the background music.
- Sound FX: Change the volume of the sound effects.
- Box Art: Changes region of the box art and cartridge in the menu.
- Controls: Holds the following options:
- D-Pad Size: Changes the size of in gameplay.
- D-Pad Opacity: Changes the opacity of in gameplay.
- Additionally, the player is able to drag to change their position in gameplay. However, they can only be in the bottom corners.
- Reset: Sets the options of back to default.
- About: Indicates the current version of the game.
- Staff Credits: Lists the people who worked on the remaster.
- Set Age: Allows the player to set their age. This does not change gameplay.
- Interest-Based Ads: Changes the adverts shown in-game from random to personalized. This does not remove the ads however.
- Level Select: Start the game in "NO SAVE MODE". When the Sega logo appears, tap the S, E, G and A letters logo (in that order). If done correctly, a chime sound will play. After this is done, tap the title screen with two fingers to access Level Select. On iOS, this used to be impossible to execute beyond the letter tapping until it was fixed in a later update.
- An alternate method exists that can be done using a gamepad: On the title screen, press Up, Up, Up, Down, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, and Right. If done correctly, a chime will sound.
- Debug Mode: After activating the Level Select, go to the Sound Test and play the following tracks in order: 01, 09, 09, 02, 01, 01, 02, 04. Then, during gameplay, tap the top left corner of the screen to toggle Debug Mode.
- Game Config: To enable it, play sound "00" three times in the Sound Test to bring up the "Game Config" menu, which includes the following gameplay options the player can adjust:
- Player: Allows the player to change the playable character between Sonic and Tails, Sonic alone, Tails alone, Knuckles alone or Knuckles and Tails.
- Items: Lets the player toggle the behavior of the Monitors in the game: all original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 items, Random which grants all of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 items, all of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 items (which also replaces the standard Shield Item with one of the three elemental shields first seen in Sonic the Hedgehog 3), Random which grants all of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 items and Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
- Flight: Toggles whether Tails can use his flight ability or not.
- Air Cap: Toggles the maximum running speed while in mid-air.
- Special Stage: By selecting sounds "00" through "07" in the Sound Test, the player can change which Special Stage will be accessed when selecting to play the stage. Playing sound "00" and selecting Special Stage takes the player to the Special Stage #1, playing sound "01" and selecting Special Stage takes the player to the Special Stage #2, and so on.
- Proto Palace Zone: At the Level Select screen Sound Test after enabling Debug Mode, play the following tunes in order: 03, 03, 03, 0B, 10, 10, 10, 04. Then, select Hidden Palace Zone.
|Quick Run||5,000 XP||Complete Emerald Hill Zone Act 1 in under 35 seconds.|
|100% Chemical Free||5,000 XP||Complete Chemical Plant without going underwater.|
|Early Bird Special||10,000 XP||Collect all the Chaos Emeralds before Chemical Plant.|
|Superstar||5,000 XP||Complete any act as Super Sonic.|
|Hit it Big||5,000 XP||Get a jackpot on the Casino Night slot machines.|
|Bop Non-stop||10,000 XP||Defeat any boss in 8 consecutive hits without touching the ground.|
|Perfectionist||10,000 XP||Get a 'Perfect Bonus' by collecting every Ring in an Act.|
|A Secret Revealed||10,000 XP||Find and complete Hidden Palace Zone.|
|Head 2 Head||10,000 XP||Win a 2P Versus game against a friend.|
|Metropolis Master||10,000 XP||Complete any Metropolis Zone Act without getting hurt.|
|Scrambled Egg||10,000 XP||Defeat Dr. Eggman's Boss Attack mode in under 7 minutes.|
|Beat the Clock||10,000 XP||Complete the Time Attack mode in less than 45 minutes.|
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was released on 12 December 2013 for Android and iOS devices simultaneously worldwide. The iOS version also served as a free update to its earlier mobile port of the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
- This marks the first Sonic game to be released on Android devices.
- Knuckles hiding in a bush during the new good ending is a reference to the North American box art of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (iOS) English instructions menu, "Story"
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