When we talked to some folks from Sega a few months ago in New York, they showed off a not-quite-complete remastered edition of “Sonic the Hedgehog 2″ for mobile devices, one that was intended to replace and improve upon the version already available. It’s now here, and it’s packing an extra cool surprise: a brand new zone that wasn’t even on the classic console game.
It’s called the Hidden Palace Zone, and while its existence has been rumored for some time, it wasn’t on the Genesis version and hasn’t been seen until today. The zone features new enemies and hazards along with a showdown with the ubiquitous Dr. Eggman. All the levels everyone remembers from the 90s are also back, as are Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. And if you really want to challenge yourself or just want a different way to enjoy the revamped graphics, you can attempt to defeat every boss in the game in one run in the Boss Attack Mode.
“Sonic the Hedgehog 2″ is a paid download (currently $2,99) on the iOS App Store or Google Play for Android, with one exception: iPhone and iPad users who purchased the previous iOS edition of the game get the newly revamped update for free. Not too shabby.
Having played it briefly before it was finished, I can say it’s quite the blast of nostalgia in every way except for the touch controls, which made me long for a Genesis control pad. Don’t let that stop you from checking it out though, regardless of whether Android or iOS is your OS of choice.