January 25, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
SEGA is hedging its bets on Android and delivering the a new-ish game Sonic the Hedgehog. No longer just an iOS affair, Sonic 4: Episode 1 is available now in the Android Market for anyone with an urge to race through plush lands, grab coins, and defeat evil in a way that only Sonic can. Ok, you might be able to see someone on PED’s do something similar, but not in digital form.
Be aware that this is not the Tegra-optimized version of the game first teased in December. That version of the game (Episode II) is to have an all new set of graphics and physics built specifically for Tegra 2 and 3 processors that would really push the boundaries of what we’re use to seeing from SEGA’s mobile games. Not only is this version compatible with non-Tegra devices, the Android Market website tells me that it is incompatible with several Tegra phone and tablet models linked to my account. The Motorola Atrix and Toshiba Thrive are supported, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Toshiba Thrive 7 are not for some reason.
All compatible devices can purchase Episode I for $3.99 USD and download an additional 107 MB file in order to run the game under a more traditional Sonic look. There are also two levels built specifically for phones with an accelerometer, 7 special stages, 4 unique zones, a “revamped classic boss battle” when taking on Dr. Eggman.
I made the purchase instantly based on my childhood love of Sonic, even though I know something better’s coming along. Grab this game if you don’t want to wait until the unnamed date later this year when Sonic Episode II arrives.