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Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I
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Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Wii (WiiWare),
Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade),
PlayStation 3 (Sony PlayStation Network),
iOS, Windows Phone 7, PC (Steam), Android, BlackBerry, BlackBerry PlayBook, Ouya, PlayStation Now
Genre: Action
Release Date RRP Code
iOS
JP
2010-10-12[1][2] ¥900[3] ?
iOS
US
2010-10-07[4] $9.99[4][5] ?
iOS
EU
2010-10-07[6] €7.99[6] ?
iOS
UK
2010-10-07[7] £5.99[7] ?
iOS
US (iPad)
2011-12-21[8] $? ?
Nintendo WiiWare
JP
2010-10-12 ¥1,000[9] ?
Nintendo WiiWare
US
2010-10-10 $1,500 ?
Nintendo WiiWare
EU
2010-10-15 €1,500 ?
Sony PlayStation 3
JP (Download)
2010-10-12[10] ¥1,429 (1,500)[10] NPJB-00035
Sony PlayStation 3
US (Download)
2010-10-12[11] $6.99[11] NPUB-30127
Sony PlayStation 3
EU (Download)
2010-10-13[12] €7.99[12] NPEB-00153
Sony PlayStation 3
UK (Download)
2010-10-13[13] £6.49[13] NPEB-00153
Sony PlayStation 3
AU (Download)
2010-10-13[14] $11.95[14] NPEB-00153
Sony PlayStation 3
KR (Download)
2010-10-12[15] ₩15,400[16] NPHB-00187
Microsoft Xbox 360
JP (Download)
2010-10-13  ?MSP ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
US (Download)
2010-10-13 800MSP ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
EU (Download)
2010-10-13  ?MSP ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
UK (Download)
2010-10-13  ?MSP ?
Windows Phone 7
US
2011-06-16[17] $6.99[18][19] ?
Windows Phone 7
UK
2011-06-16[17] £5.49[20] ?
Windows Phone 7
EU
2011-06-16[17] €6.49[21] ?
Windows Phone 7
JP
2011-05-03[22] ¥605[22] ?
Steam
JP
2012-01-19 ¥? ?
Steam
US
2012-01-19 $9.99[23] ?
Steam
EU
2012-01-19 €? ?
Google Android OS
JP
2012-05-15[24] ¥350[24] ?
Google Android OS
JP (PuyoSega)
201x ¥? ?
Google Android OS
US
2012-01-25[25] $3.99[25][26] ?
Google Android OS
EU
2012-01-25 €2.99[26] ?
Google Android OS
UK
2012-01-25 £2.56[26] ?
Google Android OS
AU
2012-01-25 $4.49[26] ?
BlackBerry
US (PlayBook)
2012-07-20[27] $6.99[27] ?
BlackBerry
UK (PlayBook)
2012-07-20[27] £7.00[27] ?
BlackBerry
US
2013-03-01 $0.99 ?
BlackBerry
EU
2013-03-01 €0.89 ?
BlackBerry
UK
2013-03-01 £0.75 ?
Ouya
US
2013-07[28] $? ?
Ouya
EU
2013-07 €? ?
PlayStation Now
JP
2015-09-16[29] ¥? ?

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ4 エピソードI) is the first part of the episodic game Sonic the Hedgehog 4. It was released in October 2010 as a digital download on Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS. Versions for Windows Phone 7, Steam and Android were also released over the following two years. Episode I was first announced on the GameSpot website on 9 September 2009, the 10th anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast.

Plot

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I is set shortly after the events of Sonic 3 & Knuckles and takes place before the events of the next part, named "Episode 2". After Sonic manages to destroy Doctor Eggman's space station, he decides it is time to take a much deserved break. After parting with his companions Tails and Knuckles, Sonic sets off to explore new territories alone.

However, unbeknownst to him, his nemesis, Dr. Eggman, has survived their last encounter, and has revisited and improved some of his very best robotic creations in another attempt to defeat Sonic. Sonic must travel through a variety of zones to defeat Dr. Eggman once again.

The first episode sees Sonic travelling through four main zones: Splash Hill, Casino Street, Lost Labyrinth and Mad Gear, where he battles Dr. Eggman and altered versions of his past contraptions. Upon handling Dr. Eggman's four initial mechanisms, Sonic then squares off against the doctor in a boss battle marathon. If the game is finished with all seven Chaos Emeralds collected, a post-credits cutscene is shown, teasing the appearance of Metal Sonic in the next episode.

Versions

Version history

System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
Google Android OS
0000010000050000000000000000001.5.0 120MB 201604042016-04-04 [30]
Google Android OS
0000010000000000000000000000001.00 63MB 201403102014-03-10 [31]
Google Android OS
00000100 (JP)0000000000000000001.00 (JP) 63MB 201310312013-10-31 [32]
Google Android OS
0000010000000000000000000000001.00 63MB 201309272013-09-27 [33]
Google Android OS
0000010 (JP)0000000000000000001.0 (JP) 1.2MB 201304012013-04-01 [34]
Google Android OS
0000010000030000000000000000001.3 1.2MB 201205142012-05-14 [35]
Google Android OS
0000010000010000000000000000001.01 1.2MB 201201302012-01-30 [36]
iOS
0000010000050000000000000000001.5 123MB 201604042016-04-04 [37]
iOS
0000010000040000000000000000001.4 92.3MB 201208152012-08-15 [38]
iOS
0000012 (JP)0000000000000000001.2 (JP) 89.5MB 201101192011-01-19 [39]
iOS
0000010000020000000000000000001.2 89.5MB 201101192011-01-19 [40]
iOS
0000010000010000000000000000001.1 89.5MB 201012172010-12-17 [41]
iOS
0000010000000 (JP)0000000000001.0.0 (JP) 88.7MB 201010122010-10-12 [42]
iOS
0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0 88.7MB 201010072010-10-07 [4]
iOS
0000011 (HD)0000000000000000001.1 (HD) 187MB 201205172012-05-17 [43]
iOS
00000100 (HD)0000000000000000001.00 (HD) 176MB 201112212011-12-21 [8]
Windows Phone 7
0000010000020000000000000000001.2.0.0 104MB [44]
Windows Phone 7
0000010000010000000000000000001.1.0.0 100MB [45]
Windows Phone 7
0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0.0 100MB 201105032011-05-03 [22]

Platform differences

In order to fit within WiiWare size limits, music in the Wii version uses a sequenced format similar to MIDI or module formats. As a result, there are noticeable differences from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions' recorded music. In addition, the Wii version only supports a maximum resolution of 640x480 due to hardware restrictions.

The iOS/Android version contains some differences found in the PartnerNET build, and retains some changes found in that build, including the rotating minecart stage in Lost Labyrinth Zone and the Score Attack section in Casino Street Zone. The camera rotates when running through loops in this version also. In addition, the music does not loop properly.

The 360 version is noticeably shinier than its counterparts, due to higher bloom. The PS3 version doesn't use as much bloom and the iPad version alters some textures, making them less shiny as well.

Only the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions support custom soundtracks.

Criticism

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I has been criticized for its "floaty" physics, likely due to its use of the Sonic Rush engine. This can often result in various oddities such as Sonic being able to stand sideways on walls. Another major criticism is Sonic uncurling when he flies off an edge, thus leaving him susceptible to enemy attacks. Following negative reception from older builds, it was confirmed that the physics would be tuned up for the final release, however it has been stated that dramatic changes in the way the game plays would require extensive level-redesign, which was not possible in the time limit set until the game's release.

The music has also been criticized for its poor choice of synthesized instruments, as well as low-quality DAC recordings from Sonic 2 that vary little between songs. Jun Senoue said that he looked into using a Mega Drive soundfont, but could not find a NEC PC-88 (a popular 80s Japanese computer with similar sound hardware) to run the software on.

Production Credits

Resources

Sales Data

Number of copies sold Reference Platforms Regions
1,000,000+ 2011 VG247 Interview with Sega West CEO Mike Hayes PS3/360/Wii/iOS Worldwide

Promotional material

Artwork

External links

References

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Sonic games for the following systems
Google Android OS
 2011  Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic Advance | Sonic the Hedgehog CD     2012  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Jump     2013  Sonic the Hedgehog CD Lite | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II Lite | Sonic the Hedgehog | Happy Sonic! Live Wallpaper | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic Dash | Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed     2014  Sonic Jump Fever     2015  Sonic Runners | Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom     2017  Sonic Runners Adventure    
Sony PlayStation 3 PlayStation Network
PS3
 2010  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic Adventure     2011  Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic the Hedgehog Anniversary Bundle | Sonic the Hedgehog CD     2012  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Adventure 2 | Classic Sonic Bundle | Sonic the Fighters     2013  Sonic the Hedgehog Master Collection    
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Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade
 2007  Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic the Hedgehog 2     2009  Sonic the Hedgehog 3 | Sonic & Knuckles     2010  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic Adventure     2011  Sonic the Hedgehog CD     2012  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Adventure 2 | Sonic the Fighters    
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    
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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    
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