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Encyclopedia > Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
European cover of Sonic Spinball.
Developer(s) Sega Technical Institute
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s) Flag of the United States November 23, 1993
Flag of Europe November 1993
Flag of Japan December 10, 1993
Flag of Europe October 1994 (Game Gear)
Flag of the United States September 1994 (Game Gear)
Genre(s) Action,Pinball
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) VRC General Audiences (GA)
Platform(s) Genesis, Game Gear, Master System, Virtual Console, Gamecube
Media 8-Megabit Cartridge
Input Control pad

Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (also known as Sonic Spinball) is an adventure pinball game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was originally released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1993 and later ported to the Game Gear system. It was also released in 1994 on the Master System in Europe by Sega Europe (which is one of the last games made for the system and is quite hard to find), this was later released in Brazil by TecToy and in Portugal by Ecofilmes in 1995. This version is a port of the Game Gear version. The Mega Drive/Genesis version was released on the Wii's Virtual Console on March 12, 2007 in North America and April 5, 2007 in Europe. The game is a pun on pinball and Sonic's famous spin move. It is the only Sonic game to feature characters from the saturday morning cartoon Satam. 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Contents

Storyline

Title screen of Sonic Spinball.
Title screen of Sonic Spinball.

Dr. Robotnik has assumed control of Mt. Mobius and turned it into a mechanical base. Utilizing energy produced by the magma flowing under the volcano, this new monstrosity (the Veg-O-Fortress) has the power to transform helpless animals into robot slaves at an astounding rate. Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails fly onto the scene, but Sonic is knocked off the wings of the airplane by a blast from the fortress. He falls into the water, but is rescued and taken to the subterranean levels of the Veg-O-Fortress. The fortress must be destroyed from the inside-out, and the only way to make that happen is to trigger an eruption in the volcano it's built on. Sonic knows this can be done by removing the Chaos Emeralds that keep the volcano stable. Robotnik, however, is also aware of the fragile relationship that exists between the Emeralds and the mountain, and he's set up an elaborate Pinball Defense System to make sure the precious jewels don't go anywhere. Image File history File links Sonic_Spinball_Titlescreen. ... Image File history File links Sonic_Spinball_Titlescreen. ... This article is about the video game character. ... Magma is molten rock located beneath the surface of the Earth (or any other terrestrial planet), and which often collects in a magma chamber. ... For other uses, see Volcano (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see robot (disambiguation). ... Slave redirects here. ... This article is about the video game character. ... Sonic the Hedgehog comics, see Tails (comic character). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Gameplay

Sonic Spinball is essentially the logical continuation of a tradition of pinball themed levels that started with Spring Yard Zone on Sonic the Hedgehog. The game features four large pinball 'tables' - a sewer level, a geothermal power station, a robot factory, and a launchpad system. The player must guide Sonic through each of the four levels and collect all of the Chaos Emeralds, then fight Dr. Robotnik. Sonic the Hedgehog is the platform game that launched the career of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Team. ... A sewer is an artificial conduit or system of conduits used to remove sewage (human liquid waste) and to provide drainage. ... Krafla Geothermal Station in northeast Iceland Geothermal power is energy generated by heat stored beneath the Earths surface. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A launch pad is designed and built to meet a launch vehicles special needs and requirements. ...


The main difference between this game and an actual pinball game is the ability to influence the "ball" (Sonic) directly by using the D-pad. The A, B and C buttons operate the flippers and can be assigned in the Options menu. The traditional Sonic the Hedgehog platformer gameplay is kept to a minimum.


Levels

The Machine Zone
The Machine Zone

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Zones

  • Toxic Caves (known as Toxic Pools on the 8-bit versions): Sonic is flushed into a cavern full of Stinky Toxic waste and mine carts. There are 3 Chaos Emeralds to collect here that must be obtained by hitting multiple switches. In 8-bit versions, the design for this level has completely changed.
  • Lava Powerhouse: Sonic ascends to the next level, a power station of sorts that uses magma and steam energy to run various machines. There are 3 emeralds here.
  • The Machine: There are 5 emeralds here in this high-tech level. Sonic can also find a giant-sized animal prison in the very middle of this zone.
  • Showdown: Sonic has to find 5 Chaos Emeralds and reach the top of the Launch site to defeat Dr. Robotnik before he manages to escape.

Special stages

At the end of each of the first three stages, Sonic gets to play a bonus round. These bonus rounds are set up like real pinball machines, with Sonic at the controls. The player is given a task to complete and three balls to play with. Controls are the same as in the normal game. Completing the bonus stages is optional and serves only to increase the score total. The three bonus rounds, in corresponding order to the normal zones, are: Bonus stage from Super Mario Brothers 2 (in Super Mario All-Stars). ...

  • Trapped Alive: The object is to destroy all the robot machines and free the helpless animals trapped inside them and then destroy Robotnik. The helpless animals are none other than Miles "Tails" Prower, Bunnie Rabbot, Sally Acorn, and Rotor Walrus.
  • Robo Smile: A grinning Robotnik face moves across the machine. The objective is to knock out all of Robotnik's teeth.
  • The March: Similar to Trapped Alive, the object is to destroy the capsule and free the animals within. The capsule is circled by a ring of chicken bots that resemble Scratch.

Additionally, a hidden multi-ball bonus game, called The Clucker's Defense, can be played on any stage, but only if the player manages to collect every ring in the zone. Several star circles will appear in the stage, hidden at various points on the board. By leaping into them Sonic will be warped to this bonus round. The object is to destroy a crab who is protected by a pair of Cluckers. Sonic the Hedgehog comics, see Tails (comic character). ... Bunnie Rabbot is a fictional character featured prominently in the, Sonic the Hedgehog animated series. ... Princess Sally (or Sally Acorn) is a fictional character appearing in the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons in 1994 and Archie comics. ... ...


Credits

Director Sega Technical Institute: Roger Hector
Producer: Yukata Sugano
Art Director: John Duggan
Programming: Polygames, Steve Woita, Earl Stratton, Dave Sanner, Ken Rose, Jason Plumb, Scott Chandler
Concept Writer: Peter Morawiec
Game Design: Peter Morawiec, Hoyt Ng
Art: Craig Stitt, Kurt Peterson, Tom Payne, Brenda Ross, Katsuhiko Sato
Music and Sound Effects: Barry Blum, Howard Drossin, Brian Coburn, OUI Multimedia
Marketing: France Tantiado, Diane A. Fornasier, Thomas J. Abramson
Ken Rose is a former professional football player who played for several teams during his career. ... Jason Plumb is a Canadian musician who released his only album Under and Over in 2003. ... Scott Chandler (born July 23, 1985) is an American football Tight End for the San Diego Chargers. ... Tom Payne (born November 19, 1950) is a former professional basketball player. ... Howard Drossin is a video game and movie composer. ... Brian Coburn is a politician in Canada. ...


External links

  • Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball at MobyGames
  • Sonic Spinball page at The GHZ

  Results from FactBites:
 
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1097 words)
Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails fly onto the scene, but Sonic is knocked off the wings of the airplane by a blast from the fortress.
Sonic Spinball is essentially the logical continuation of a tradition of pinball themed levels that started with Spring Yard Zone on Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic Spinball is noted for being the only Sonic game to include characters from both of the animated series at the time, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (AoStH) and Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM).
Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (803 words)
Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed and published by Sega for its Master System and Game Gear systems.
Sonic the Hedgehog battles Doctor Robotnik (Dr. Eggman in the Japanese version) for six Chaos Emeralds in order rid the land of pollution caused by Robotnik.
Sonic's sprite is smaller and the control is said to feel lighter.
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