Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Screens Make A Splash

By Spencer . March 25, 2010 . 1:19pm

Sega sent over a batch of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode one screenshots of Splash Hill Zone, the game’s first area.


Splash Hill Zone feels like a homage to Green Hill Zone, the very first stage in Sonic 1. So far there aren’t any surprises and that’s a good thing. This is classic 2D Sonic with added reticules for Sonic’s homing attack, a move retained from the 3D Sonic games.


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  • Can’t wait to get into Casino Street, but what I’m looking forward to the most is the music. There’s something very nostalgic about the music in the Sonic games.
    Here’s a remix of Splash Hill Zone someone shared over Twitter:

  • Ereek

    I’m not too keen on its “episodic” structure, but I certainly am looking forward to this. I think I’m looking forward to Rocket Knight a tad bit more, though.

    • Kris

      At first I was a bit wary about the episodic thing too, but I’ve heard a rumor that the game might be priced at $5. If not, the sound of a new classic Sonic game every couple months still sounds good to me.

      • I’m okay with it. I read somewhere that there will be about four zones (with three acts according to Games Radar) which is enough to fill my plate.
        Looking back, a quick game for me in a Sonic game would be going through two to three zones. Seems like a good deal to me.

        • While it’s not that bad I would much prefer a slightly longer wait and a full game on disc, sold in stores, et cetera. It’d just feel a bit better to me rather than downloading portions of a game. Maybe it will come out as a compilation on one disc later on. The game looks great as long as it ends up sticking to the more classic form instead of trying to change “what was.”

  • Tokyo Guy

    I’m really apprehensive about this game because (IMHO) the 2D GBA and DS games were rather poor offerings. I’m not sure what exactly caused it, but clearly all the brilliance at Sonic Team (be it stage design, music, etc) was lost a long time ago. In my eyes, Sonic died after the Mega Drive’s era ended.

    That said, I will still end up buying this to see how it turns out. Why we can’t have another gem like Sonic CD is beyond me…

  • thebanditking

    I can’t wait for this to release, it looks and sounds fantastic. I would love to see all the episodes eventually put on 1 disc though.

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