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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
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1
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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Versions

Also released on

Production credits

Game Gear version

Sega Interactive
Programming & Art
Sound & Consultation
Sega of America
QA
Source: In-game credits


Master System version

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


Artwork

Physical scans

Game Gear version




Sega Game Gear
75 Sonic Retro Average
Based on 10 reviews
Publication Score Source
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) 43 [1]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) 90 [2]
Sega Magazin (DE) 84 [3]
Sega Magazine (UK) 87 [4]
Sega News (CZ) 85 [5]
Sega Power (UK) 82 [6]
Sega Pro (UK) 60 #36 Pg 50/51
Sonic the Comic (UK) 80 №34, p11
Video Games (DE) 70 [7]
VideoGames (US) 70 [8]
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

Segaretro-round.svg Reception »
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

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 a9210434
MD5 8e3b44fda375ad9748b678e9c6b45502
SHA-1 df21d42b55b1b4a25704957fe323728b775eb84d
512KB 1994-05-30 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 3283580d
MD5 697986b161416f0a825c36e9b9cae1b8
SHA-1 1b6f1469d0e707aab3eba3c6748f350a30eb530f
512KB 1994-03-07 CD-R disc[9] "0307" prototype Download.svg (201 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 1a736612
MD5 d434bc645921890ad458e7cf01813395
SHA-1 81dc53c9103fab356014e7e45082fc562cdd59ec
512KB 1994-03-10 CD-R disc[10] "031094" prototype Download.svg (195 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 1aed8f62
MD5 97f87f9fbd32f90377c07a4f4dac51f7
SHA-1 cec96b3372a4ecb39ac7bd51829d4f641ff8d198
512KB 1994-03-11 CD-R disc[11] "031194" prototype Download.svg (195 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 46657b4e
MD5 ab5d01525d4cfae5bf59f5b11a6340f8
SHA-1 6b08dd5e60e957739cd7c8dea5f9fcb2bf82009c
512KB 1994-03-21 CD-R disc[12] "032194" prototype Download.svg (203 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 1233c3e3
MD5 3e6179c47a1fd6e62fbb49745f3cad7e
SHA-1 41260c00f83592c6c21800750bd25359f8cce911
512KB 1994-03-28 CD-R disc[13] "0328" prototype Download.svg (206 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 aa7aedb0
MD5 385114c0df7e23898b83f038ad51f77c
SHA-1 f3a3b701f7700459b0a4175e6b8c24ab68518f40
512KB 1994-03-29 CD-R disc[14] "0329" prototype Download.svg (207 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 2ca34ab2
MD5 88fa2ede48d9f04ec84f4ebda1735067
SHA-1 a066324f8d781ea218ea61689eea6d6254bf9aab
512KB 1994-03-30 CD-R disc[15] "0330" prototype Download.svg (207 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 09b913d5
MD5 0e0235b01732d3e16ecbcf9a128a7707
SHA-1 35ed35fda5fc8d5f1ac1068157c176bb216769e4
512KB 1994-04-05 CD-R disc[16] "0405" prototype Download.svg (209 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 f8a432f6
MD5 cf90a8293d1ac1dc7a79d3c2ac7db48a
SHA-1 3fd285036f794574b7310ca093a6d5d5bc244bc7
512KB 1994-04-12 CD-R disc[17] "0412" prototype Download.svg (208 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 1f1abf2c
MD5 128f3975903c44a150183579b880e7c1
SHA-1 a4c3d6b3601d321003aad3b759487bddb4cd64b3
512KB 1994-04-13 CD-R disc[18] "0413" prototype Download.svg (207 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 e3b5cd1e
MD5 11751e817eb8fdae3117d37b77848e23
SHA-1 e59e3d9b0a8d9adb13a32cfdbe027ade81c8ded1
512KB 1994-04-15 CD-R disc[19] "0415" prototype Download.svg (208 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 bbaecf7c
MD5 82b1f2656e2fa356df07abd0f2ec950e
SHA-1 f0abf46487acc6a2a93b3e7e93dbe9f651ccbd41
512KB 1994-04-21 CD-R disc[20] "0421" prototype Download.svg (208 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 07d32244
MD5 351ed856988fc763309613c7b7b71f6a
SHA-1 2be84549aeecf580ef25290b7255270ede38b830
512KB 1994-04-27 CD-R disc[21] "0427" prototype Download.svg (145 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 30a7d062
MD5 8f1db6cd04bb574a9175a4d177826025
SHA-1 35954b7e65e663fba3066046e971316d5e573158
512KB 1994-04-29 CD-R disc[22] "0429" prototype Download.svg (209 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 221c4ba4
MD5 d7e2839b0a18c811c490c4d2450556ce
SHA-1 ab9ac3b4ebecd02c8f3b0d29b921a3d8bcf96458
512KB 1994-04-29 CD-R disc[23] "0430" prototype Download.svg (209 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 e2fe976a
MD5 088d45240470ea834a37318cb187488a
SHA-1 7577eef2ac9823a539d6af1c2673d1702d29695f
512KB 1994-05-03 CD-R disc[24] "503B" prototype Download.svg (209 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 be76bf30
MD5 f4713905bff582a7895d2ff3fb2cebcb
SHA-1 975232a729179c1db5307c072593cdbf83e233d6
512KB 1994-05-05 CD-R disc[25] "0505" prototype Download.svg (209 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 a4833d27
MD5 0ef8f22d8d95427a5c22aca684e3cd46
SHA-1 36cd00138f78bf31ee6098d1f5b0b2e870ab5637
512KB 1994-05-06 CD-R disc[26] "0506" prototype Download.svg (209 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 a035fd5c
MD5 ae8747357af5cbaf4743f1fed69eb93c
SHA-1 cf9afbc274afcd28931bb1298c53bfdf6e04a9b6
512KB 1994-05-25 CD-R disc[27] "0525" prototype Download.svg (210 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 6107819d
MD5 06cc26db4ccc2418e0f204073e04d35b
SHA-1 8c16865212ad284a0929869a95980bcdf3d9ba81
512KB 1994-05-30 CD-R disc[28] "0530" prototype Download.svg (209 kB) (info)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 a9210434
MD5 8e3b44fda375ad9748b678e9c6b45502
SHA-1 df21d42b55b1b4a25704957fe323728b775eb84d
512KB 1994-05-31 CD-R disc[29] "0531" prototype Download.svg (209 kB) (info)
Sega Master System
CRC32 11c1bc8a
MD5 21b4bcf6b259d4550912ad6f4aeaf550
SHA-1 a6aa8038feb54e84759fcdfced2270afbbef9bfc
512KB 1994-05-30 Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. egm, issue 61, page 36
  2. mms, issue 24, page 90
  3. segamagazin, issue 7, page 20
  4. segamaguk, issue 9, page 88
  5. seganews, issue 3, page 32
  6. segapower, issue 58, page 64
  7. videogames, issue 1994-09, page 98
  8. videogamesus, issue 68, page 84
  9. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Mar_7,_1994_prototype)
  10. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Mar_10,_1994_prototype)
  11. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Mar_11,_1994_prototype)
  12. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Mar_21,_1994_prototype)
  13. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Mar_28,_1994_prototype)
  14. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Mar_29,_1994_prototype)
  15. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Mar_30,_1994_prototype)
  16. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Apr_5,_1994_prototype)
  17. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Apr_12,_1994_prototype)
  18. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Apr_13,_1994_prototype)
  19. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Apr_15,_1994_prototype)
  20. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Apr_21,_1994_prototype)
  21. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Apr_27,_1994_prototype)
  22. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Apr_29,_1994_prototype)
  23. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(Apr_29,_1994_prototype_B)
  24. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(May_3,_1994_prototype)
  25. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(May_5,_1994_prototype)
  26. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(May_6,_1994_prototype)
  27. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(May_25,_1994_prototype)
  28. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(May_30,_1994_prototype)
  29. https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_Spinball_(May_31,_1994_prototype)


Sonic Spinball (8-bit)
Sonic Spinball GG title.png

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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