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Sonic Drift

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Sonic Drift
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Peripherals supported: Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Racing
Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code Rating
Sega Game Gear
JP
1994-03-18 ¥4,800 G-3415

Sonic Drift (ソニックドリフト) is a kart racing game initially released only in Japan. It features Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy Rose, and Dr. Eggman, and is a typical racing game of the early 1990s. The game's racetracks and order they are played in are the same as the original Sonic the Hedgehog. It also had a sequel, Sonic Drift 2.

Gameplay

The objective of the game is to win the three different Chaos GPs (green, yellow and red Chaos 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 mode using the Gear-to-Gear Cable. 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
Source: In-game credits


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Artwork

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Sega Game Gear
30 Sonic Retro Average
Based on 1 review
Publication Score Source
Sega Pro 30 №39, p72
Game Gear, JP
Sonicdrift back cover.jpgNospine-small.pngSdrift-box-jap.jpg
Cover
Drift gg jp cart.jpg
Cart
SonicDrift GG JP manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, ZA
Sdrift Box ZA.jpg
Cover
Drift gg jp cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 68f0a776
MD5 8093ef0eeb147f2a938fae3e5a26d8b3
SHA-1 fef5d69093df2d774ed274a4079790f8778577fc
512KB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 baac1fc0
MD5 db3e87dc719c5d6f13859eee81cca297
SHA-1 462bdf9bfac3eb9b389142b55be39608c3343223
512KB Cartridge (JP) Demo Download.svg (180 kB) (info)

References


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Sonic games for the following systems
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
 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