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Sonic Spinball (8-bit)

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Sonic Spinball
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System
ROM size: 512 KB
Genre: Action
Release Date RRP Code Rating
Sega Game Gear
EU
1994-08  ? 2526
Sega Game Gear
US
1994-09  ? ?
Sega Game Gear
US (Majesco)
?  ? 1200
Sega Game Gear
BR
?  ? 077.060
Sega Game Gear
PT
1994  ? GGJ2526
Sega Master System
EU
1995-01-25  ? 9034
Sega Master System
BR
1995-01-25  ? 028.480
Sega Master System
AU
1995  ? FSON05SEC
Sega Master System
PT
1996 4,990 MSJ9034

Sonic Spinball is a 8-bit port of the Sega Mega Drive game Sonic Spinball, for the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System.

Gameplay

The objective of this pinball game remains the same as the 16-bit game as obstacles still need to be cleared, Chaos Emeralds must be collected, and bosses must be defeated. Enemies are the same and the theme of the levels are also the same.

Although the levels carry the same theme as the 16-bit game, the layout of the levels and the graphics are different. Due to the different level layout there are several more opportunities to travel on foot. The speed is also slower and can make the game feel a bit floaty. The bonus stages are also different as they have the same objective level to level, and do not change to a first person perspective. There are also hidden rooms which contain cheat code bearing monitors, which when broken, will display a cheat code. The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and SatAM character cameos are also dropped from the Bonus Stage, although curiously, the AoStH model for Robotnik is used on the box art, while the Doctor's usual games look was used on the 16-bit packaging.

It is also possible to win a free ball after getting a Game Over. This is done by stopping the on screen spinning roulette wheel that appears and matching these four numbers with the last four numbers in the current score. If the four numbers are matched up successfully a free ball will be rewarded.

Manuals

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Production credits

Game Gear Version

Sega Interactive
Programming & Art
Sound & Consultation
Sega of America
QA


Master System Version

Sega Interactive
Programming & Art
Sound
Support & Special Thanks
Sega of America
QA
Source: In-game credits


Physical scans

Game Gear version




Sega Game Gear
77 Sonic Retro Average
Based on 4 reviews
Publication Score Source
segamaguk 87 №9, p88
Sega Power 82 №58, p64
Sega Pro 60 #36 Pg 50/51
stc 80 №34, p11
Game Gear, US
SonicSpinball GG US back.jpgNospine.pngSpinballgg-box-us.jpg
Cover
SonicSpinball GG US cart.jpg
Cart
SonicSpinball GG US manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, US (Majesco rerelease)
SonicSpinball GG US majesco box.jpg
Cover
Spinball gg us majesco cart.jpg
Cart
SonicSpinball GG US majesco manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
SonicSpinball GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSpinballgg-box-eu.jpg
Cover
Spinball gg eu cart.jpg
Cart
SonicSpinball GG EU manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, BR
SonicSpinball GG BR Box.jpg
Cover
SonicSpinball GG BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, ZA
GG SonicSpinball ZA.jpg
Cover

Master System version




Sega Master System
59 Sonic Retro Average
Based on 1 review
Publication Score Source
Sega Pro 59 #41 Pg 48
Master System, EU
Spinballms-box-eu.jpg
Cover
SonicSpinball SMS EU cartback.jpgSonicSpinball SMS EU cart.jpg
Cart
SonicSpinball SMS EU manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU
Spinballms-box-aus.jpg
Cover
Sonic Spinball (Silver) SMS AU Cart Top.jpg
Sonic Spinball (Silver) SMS AU Cart Back.jpgSpinball ms au cart.jpg
Cart
Sonic Spinball SMS AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
Spinballms-box-br.jpg
Cover
Spinball ms br cart.jpg
Cart
SonicSpinball SMS BR manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, PT
Spinballms-box-pt.jpg
Cover
SonicSpinball SMS PT cartback.jpgSonicSpinball SMS PT cart.jpg
Cart
SonicSpinball SMS PT manual.pdf
Manual


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Sonic games for the following systems
Sega Master System
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 1991  Sonic the Hedgehog     1992  Sonic the Hedgehog 2     1993  Sonic Chaos | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine     1994  Sonic Drift | Sonic Spinball | Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble     1995  Sonic Drift 2 | Tails' Skypatrol | Tails Adventures | Sonic Labyrinth | Sonic 2 in 1     1996  Sonic Blast    
 Unreleased  Sonic's Edusoft