Sonic 4: Episode 1 for Kindle Fire

Sega has been on the role lately with the release of Sonic Generations for the major game consoles, in addition to releasing several Sonic titles for mobile devices. Now, at last, both episodes of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 are available for The Amazon Kindle Fire.

Sonic 4: Episode 1 is a throw back to the 1990s. The twelve levels and four bosses are all re-imaginings of Genesis-era Sonic games. While the game is fun, pretty and nostalgic, it is quite short. It’s biggest problem, however, is that the designers use a completely different physics engine than the original 2-D Sonic games, making Sonic a bit hard to control. This flaw is especially noticeable on the Kindle version, as the controls rely on the yet-to-be-perfected technology of touch-screen. In good news, the graphics look great up close.

The Kindle version of Episode 1 is slightly different than the Wii version of the game, most notably in that it utilizes the Kindle’s mobility. For example, one new level has Sonic on a mine cart and the player must tilt the screen to navigate him.

Despite it’s flaws, Sonic 4: Episode 1 is a treat for old-school Sonic fans and, for the price, is also worth a try for casual gamers.

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