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Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
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Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Virtual Console, iOS, Steam
Genre: Action (JP box), Table (Sega of Japan master list)
Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1993-11-15 £39.99[1] 1537
Sega Mega Drive
US
1993-11-23 $49.99[2] 1537
Sega Mega Drive
JP
1993-12-10 6,800 G-4112
Sega Mega Drive
AS
1993  ? 1537
Sega Mega Drive
AU
?  ? FSON05SMC
Sega Mega Drive
AU (Gold)
?  ? FSON05SMC
Sega Mega Drive
BR
1993  ? 044600
Wii Virtual Console
US
2007-03-12 800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
JP
2007-03-13 600 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
2007-04-05 800 points ?
Steam
US
2010-09-13 $4.99 ?
Steam
EU
2010-09-13 £3.99 ?
iOS
US
2010-12-16[3] $2.99[3] ?
iOS
EU
2010-12-16[4] €2.39[4] ?
iOS
UK
2010-12-16[5] £1.79[5] ?
iOS
JP
2010-12-17[6] ¥350[6][7] ?

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Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (ソニックスピンボール) is a pinball game (using Sonic as a ball) combined with the storyline of the Sonic the Hedgehog. The games title is a pun on pinball and Sonic's famous spin move. It is the only official game to incorporate the characters and setting of SatAM, and one of only two for Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (the other being Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine).

The plot revolves around the Veg-O-Fortress, Dr. Robotnik's new mass-roboticization facility built in and around the Mt. Mobius volcano. Sonic must use the fortress' special "Pinball Defense System" to his advantage, working his way up from the bottom of the volcano's interior by stealing the Chaos Emeralds that keep the volcano stable, destroying the doctor's boss guardians and, eventually, taking out the massive roboticizer itself, the Veg-O-Machine. The grand finale is at a launch hangar built around the volcano's crater, as Robotnik attempts to escape Mt. Mobius in a rocketship before it erupts.

The game is unique as it was coded entirely in the C programming language when the norm was assembly.[8]

Storyline

Dr. Robotnik has assumed control of Mt. Mobius and turned it into a mechanical base. Utilizing energy produced by the magma flowing under the volcano, this new monstrosity (the Veg-O-Fortress) has the power to transform helpless animals into robot slaves at an astounding rate. Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails fly onto the scene to mount an aerial assault, but Sonic is knocked off the wings of Tails' airplane by a blast from the fortress. He falls into the water, but is rescued and taken to the subterranean levels of the Veg-O-Fortress. The fortress must be destroyed from the inside-out, and the only way to make that happen is to trigger an eruption in the volcano it's built on. Sonic knows this can be done by removing the Chaos Emeralds that keep the volcano stable. Robotnik, however, is also aware of the fragile relationship that exists between the Emeralds and the mountain, and he's set up an elaborate Pinball Defense System to make sure the precious jewels don't go anywhere.

Gameplay

Sonic Spinball is basically a continuation of the pinball themed levels first seen in Spring Yard Zone and Casino Night Zone from the first Sonic games. As with those games you have some control of Sonic while he is being knocked around the pinball themed levels. The D-pad will move him while in ball form and the A, B, and C buttons will cause the flippers to flick. If he happens to land on a flat surface you can move in a similar fashion to the Sonic games and be able to jump and perform the Spin Dash. This does not happen often as there are few platforms to land so platforming is kept to a bare minimum.

The objective of the game is to collect the Chaos Emeralds which are hidden in each level and defeating the levels boss. To do this obstacles must be cleared and levers must be switched. Rings are scattered around the level but do not grant free lives or extra protection from hits (enemies never attack and you are always in ball form when encountering them anyway). However, if all the rings in the level are collected it will open up the opportunity to visit a hidden multi-ball Bonus Stage known as Cluckers Defense.

Unlike traditional Sonic games, you can actually fall outside of the boss arena. The bosses take a lot more hits than normal Sonic bosses, but to compensate it's easy to hit them multiple times in a row.

Versions

There are two versions that were released in the US, each with differences in music. The European and Japanese versions are based on the final US version but with a few different music arrangements and bug fixes. See the Game Development section for more info.

Version history

System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
iOS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 4.8MB 201211292012-11-29 [9]
iOS
0000010000000000010000000000001.0.1 4MB 201012162010-12-16 [3]

Manuals

Also Released On

Production Credits (US Manual)

Programming: Polygames, Scott Chandler (SEGA Technical Institute), Jason Plumb (SEGA Technical Institute), Ken Rose (SEGA Technical Institute), Dave Sanner (SEGA Technical Institute), Earl Stratton (SEGA Technical Institute), Steve Woita (SEGA Technical Institute)
Game Design: Peter Morawiec, Hoyt Ng
Art: Tom Payne, Kurt Peterson, Brenda Ross, Katsuhiko Sato, Craig Stitt
Sound and Music Effects: Barry Blum (Sega Multi-Media Studio), Brian Coburn (Sega Multi-Media Studio), Howard Drossin (Sega Technical Institute), OUI Multimedia
Director of SEGA Technical Institute: Roger Hector
Producer: Yutaka Sugano
Art Director: John Duggan
Marketing Product Manager: France Tantiado
Lead Testers: Joe Cain, Wesley Gittens
Testers: Michael Bench, Steve Bourdet, Daniel Dunn, David Forster, Rick Greer, Casey Grimm, Jason Kuo, Simon Lu, Dumot Lyons, Bill Person, Kimberly Rogers, Kirk Rogers
Manual: Neil Hanshaw, Carol Ann Hanshaw
Special Thanks: Thomas J. Abramson, Alan Ackerman, Dominique Adevereaux, Justin R. Chin, Diane A. Fornasier, David Javelosa, Deborah McCracken, Patrick Meehan, Bert Mauricio, Stephen Patterson, Noel Pulido
A Special Bow To: Hirokazu Yasuhara and Yuji Naka, creators of Sonic The Hedgehog

Production Credits (In-Game)

Development Staff

Game Concept: Peter Morawiec
Programming: Lee Actor, Dennis Koble, Ken Rose, Steve Woita, Jason Plumb, Earl Stratton, Dave Sanner, Scott Chandler
Game Design: Peter Morawiec, Hoyt Ng
Art: Katsuhiko Sato, Tom Payne, Craig Stitt, Brenda Ross, Kurt Peterson
Music and Sound Effects: Brian Coburn, Barry Blum, Howard Drossin, OUI Multimedia
Testers: Joe Cain, Wesley Gittens, Rick Greer, Kirk Rogers, Kimberly Rogers, Daniel Dunn, David Forster, Simon Lu, Steve Bourdet, Casey Grimm, Jason Kuo, Mike Bench, Bill Person, Dermot Lyons

Management Staff

Producer: Yutaka Sugano
Art Director: John Duggan
Director of Sega Technical Institute: Roger Hector
Marketing: Diane Fornasier, France Tantiado, Tom Abramson

Resources




Sega Mega Drive
83 Sonic Retro Average
Based on 12 reviews
Publication Score Source
Computer and Video Games 73 №145, p77
eg 93 №16, p90
gamefan 71 №12, p21/48/49
gamesmaster 81 №12, p86/87/88
mega 83 №15, p34/35
Mega Action 91 №15, p10/11/12
megamachines 90 №2, p78/79
MegaTech 86 №24, p36/37/38/39/40/41
segamaguk 82 №1, p125
Sega Power 90 №49, p95/96
Sega Pro 79 #26 Pg 28/29
stc 80 №13, p10

Physical Scans

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
Sonic Spinball US Cart.JPG
Cart
SonicSpinball MD US manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
(Majesco rerelease)
Sonic Spinball Genesis US ESRB Cardboard Cover.jpg
Cover
Sonic Spinball Genesis US ESRB Cardboard Cart.jpg
Cart
SonicSpinball MD US Majesco manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Spinball-box-eu.jpg
Cover
Sspinball-md-eu-cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
Spinball-box-jap.jpg
Cover
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Cart
SonicSpinball MD JP manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU
SonicSpinball MD AU Box.jpg
Cover
SonicSpinball MD AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU (Gold Collection)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, Asia
Spinball-box-asia.jpg
Cover
Spinball-asia-cart.jpg
Cart
SonicSpinball MD AS manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Artwork

External links

References

  1. File:CVG UK 145.pdf, page 77
  2. File:GamePro US 054.pdf, page 52
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sonic-spinball/id386379635?mt=8 (archived: 2010-12-30 01:33)
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/sonic-spinball/id386379635?mt=8 (archived: 2010-12-21 10:10)
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://www.sonicstadium.org/2010/12/sonic-spinball-out-now-on-iphone/
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.4gamer.net/games/049/G004989/20101217098/
  7. http://sega.jp/kt/apple/spin/ (archived: 2010-12-20 05:41)
  8. http://www.sega-16.com/feature_page.php?id=83&title=Interview:%20Peter%20Morawiec
  9. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sonic-spinball/id386379635?mt=8 (archived: 2014-03-01 05:51)


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Development

Sonic games for the following systems
iOS
 2007  Sonic the Hedgehog (iPod)     2009  Sonic the Hedgehog (iPhone)     2010  Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic Spinball | Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I     2011  Sonic 20th Anniversary | Sonic the Sketchhog | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing | Sonic the Hedgehog CD     2012  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic the Hedgehog Skins | Sonic Jump     2013  Sonic Dash | Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed     2014  Sonic Jump Fever     2015  Sonic Runners | Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom     2017  Sonic Forces: Speed Battle    
Steam
 2010  Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic Spinball | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine | Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing     2011  Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic 3 & Knuckles | Sonic Adventure | Sonic Generations     2012  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic the Hedgehog CD | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Adventure 2     2013  Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed     2015  Sonic Lost World     2017  Sonic Mania    
filler
Wii Virtual Console
 2006  Sonic the Hedgehog | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine     2007  Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic the Hedgehog 3 | Sonic Spinball | Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island     2008  Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)     2009  Sonic Chaos | Sonic & Knuckles     2010  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I    
Sega Mega Drive

Sega Mega-CD
Sega 32X
 1991  Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic Eraser     1992  Sonic the Hedgehog 2     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog CD | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine | Sonic Spinball     1994  Sonic the Hedgehog 3 | Sonic & Knuckles     1995  Chaotix | Sonic Classics     1996  Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island