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Sonic Spinball technical data

Name Sonic Spinball
System Genesis - Mega Drive
Year 1993
Developer Polygames
Genre Pinball

Sonic Spinball is a pinball platform video game developed by Sega Technical Institute and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive console. The game was released in North America and Europe in November 1993 and in Europe in October 1994. It was also ported to the Game Gear and Master System consoles, as well as the compilation cartridge called Sonic Classics 3-in-1.

The game follows Sonic the Hedgehog, who must use his abilities as an anthropomorphic hedgehog to manipulate flippers on various pinball table-like levels. In each level, there are certain targets that must be collected for various awards. Collecting these targets will help unlock other levels, such as bonus levels or more powerful enemies. Enemies such as Egg Pawns are encountered throughout the game, often blocking any further progress until defeated. Other traps must be dealt with before progressing further, including electric fences or crumbling platforms. Additionally, Sonic Spinball includes bosses which must be defeated using only the power of the ball itself.

The visuals in Sonic Spinball are very impressive - colorful backgrounds featuring large sprites and vibrant foregrounds give the player a feeling of being right inside a pinball table. The sound design is also quite strong: upbeat music tracks accompany most of the action on screen, with sound effects accompanying things like bouncing into bumpers or hitting bumpers increasing the intensity even further during play sessions. Additionally, voice clips are included from within each level to give players feedback about where their ball has gone during gameplay.

Gameplay mostly revolves around flipping up ramps and bumpers while maneuvering between obstacles and enemies onscreen while gathering awards along the way - ranging from extra lives to special access codes which can lead to secret areas of each stage. If players manage to complete all objectives within a single stage they will then be presented with an animation used to signify completion (which is unlockable after completing seven stages in total) before taking them back to the world map selection screen where they can choose their next mission; some boards have multiple stages or even branching pathways leading off into different directions that offer greater rewards if navigated successfully but also riskier pitfalls should something go wrong along their journey!

All in all Sonic Spinball provides an enjoyable experience with its fast-paced action and engaging visuals; this makes it one of Sega’s more accessible games for less experienced gamers with its simple controls (plays much like a standard pinball title) yet still presents enough challenge for those more seasoned veterans looking for something that requires planning ahead when attempting high scores!

Genesis - Mega Drive Pinball games