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Fast Facts on Sonic Drift

Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Genre: Racing

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear JP 1994-03-18 ¥4,800 G-3415
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Sonic Drift (ソニックドリフト) is a kart racing game released only in Japan. It features Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Robotnik, and is a typical racing game of the early 1990s. The games racetracks and order they are played in are the same as the original Sonic The Hedgehog. It had a sequel, Sonic Drift 2.

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Gameplay

The objective of the game is to win the three different Chaos GPs (green, yellow and red emerald). Each Chaos GP has six different tracks based on the original Sonic game levels' design. The players will race around a track against the other three characters for a top position, using 2 to accelerate, 1 to brake and the latter combined with a direction allows to drift corners, though abusing it will send the character into spinning out of control. Going out of the asphalt track drops the speed immediately and in the sidelines there are several obstacles that will stop the character altogether if they are hit. The Up direction on the directional pad can use rings collected on the track as a special move, unique to each character.

Each track is composed of a circuit which needs to be completed thrice. At the end of the track, points are awarded based on the finishing positions: 1st place - 3 points, 2nd place - 2 points, 3rd place - 1 point and 4th place - 0 points. At the end of each tournament, the character with most points naturally wins. Additionally, there are other two modes to play: a training mode called Free Run, which allows viewing results for each course as well, and Versus, which is a standard 2 player. There are also two difficulties the game can be played, normal or hard, which can be chosen via the options menu.

Characters

Character Vehicle Special Move Gameplay
Drift Sonic.png Sonic Cyclone Speed dash (same as red monitor power-up) Good speed and acceleration, poor handling.
Drift Tails.png Tails MTP-01 Whirlwind Jump over (same as spring power-up) Good handling, poor speed.
Drift Eggman.png Eggman Egg Typhoon Drop mine (same as collision) Good speed, poor acceleration.
Drift Amy.png Amy Breeze Toss heart (reduces others' speed) Good acceleration, poor speed

Power-ups

There are several power-ups scattered through the course. The power-ups can be accumulated and they respawn in each lap.

Sprite Power-up Description
Drift ring.png Rings Collect two rings allows the player to perform the character's Special Move. Rings can be lost due to using them, abusing the drift or obstacle collision.
Drift redmonitor.png Red Monitor
(speed)
Makes the player dash down the track with a momentary burst of speed.
Drift bluemonitor.png Blue Monitor
(invincibility)
Makes the player invincible for a short period of time. The BGM during invincibility is based on "Sonic - You Can Do Anything" from Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
Drift spring.png Springs These all launch the player up into the air, increasing the speed.

Production Credits

Main Programmer: Wa-Da
Programmer: Shinchan
Designer: Choko, Gen, East
Sound Creator: N.Gee
Planner: K'
Director: Hase
Producer: Asohy
Special Thanks to..: Wahaha, T.D.H
Presented by: Sega

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Sega Game Gear 30 Sonic Retro Average
Based on 1 review
Publication Score Source
Sega Pro 30 №39
Game Gear, JP
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Sonic games for the Sega Game Gear and Master System
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992) | Sonic Chaos (1993) | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (1993) | Sonic Drift (1994) | Sonic Spinball (1994) | Sonic Triple Trouble (1994) | Sonic Drift 2 (1995) | Tails' Skypatrol (1995) | Tails Adventures (1995) | Sonic Labyrinth (1995) | Sonic 2 in 1 (1995) | Sonic Blast (1996)
Pre-release Sonic games for the Sega Game Gear and Master System
Sonic the Hedgehog (Game Gear prototype) | Sonic Chaos Sample | Sonic Drift (demo) | Sonic Spinball (8-bit) Prereleases | Sonic Triple Trouble Prereleases | Sonic Blast Prereleases
Scrapped Sonic games for the Sega Game Gear and Master System
Sonic's Edusoft (1991)