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Battle Dr. Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I for the BlackBerry PlayBook

By Zach Gilbert on 15 Jul 2012 06:29 pm EDT

During BlackBerry World 2012, RIM's Global Head of the Gaming Category Anders Jeppsson announced a few titles that would be making their way onto the BlackBerry platform. Among the titles he announced therein lied a gem, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I. Now, depending on your age you may not remember the game, but for those who do, it's pure nostalgia. The game has been developed officially by Sega America, so you know you're getting the real deal and not a half baked port.

Game Features

  • 2 EXCLUSIVE LEVELS!!! - Two exclusive levels built specifically for using the accelerometer.
  • NEW MOVES - All of Sonic's classic moves are available, including the newer Homing Attack, which will add a new level of control and excitement.
  • CLASSIC SONIC STAGES - Race through 4 unique zones containing 4 acts each as well as 7 special stages.
  • SPECIAL STAGES RETURN - A staple of the Genesis-era games, the special stages return allowing fans to collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds and unlock Super Sonic.
  • REVAMPED CLASSIC BOSS BATTLES - Dr. Eggman returns with new and improved mechas and will go berserk when he accumulates damage.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to experience the Sonic franchises in the past, let me fill you in. The premise of the game is to collect as many rings as you can, but also release as many of the animals from their robotic capsules as you can. The cool thing about this version of Sonic the Hedgehog is that it’s been redeveloped with the BlackBerry PlayBook in mind. This being said there are special parts in which you will be using the PlayBook's accelerometer to move yourself through the level; also all the graphics have been increased to fit the high-resolution screen. If you are looking to relive your past, or just want some addicting fun, you have to check out Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I. It’s available in BlackBerry App World for $6.99.

Purchase Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I for the BlackBerry PlayBook



finally someone who recognizes that you need a clean pb if your going to do a demo.

also nice that have clipped nails. dont wanna be lookin like a slob

i think the graphics look great im so tempted to buy it


Thanks for the video. It shows that a game could look very good but be very difficult when the control scheme is so bad. I think I would get way too frustrated playing this game given what looks to be subpar and difficult controls.


...actually the controls work quite well...I'm not sure why they would look so difficult...played it from a fresh charge unil it was near dead...had no issues with the controls at all...

BlackBerry Torch 9860
BlackBerry PlayBook O/S 2.xx.xxxx


I have the Blackberry Torch 9850 and Playbook (w/OS 2.0). You made a great choice in tech.


Yeah they make a perfect pair of devices. Bought both on release and thoroughly enjoy them both. I still have to explain that they will do what everyone says only and Android or iOS device can do lol. I also have another PB for a HTPC, and the BB Bluetooth keyboard/case for my main one...think I will be getting a third for my bar/mancave for behind the bar to run the entertainment and bring up drink menus etc...

BlackBerry Torch 9860
BlackBerry PlayBook O/S 2.xx.xxxx


So classic. When is Excite Bike launching?


...Excite Bike...LOL now that's going back a bit..

BlackBerry Torch 9860
BlackBerry PlayBook O/S 2.xx.xxxx


I was actually playing Excite Bike yesterday on my PB.


Finally!! I've been waiting a while for crackberry to post an article on this game!!


Love sonic, the controls aren't the best but definitely enjoyable. I have this episode on my PS3 and the game on my PlayBook looks just as gorgeous, well done SEGA.


£7 seems a little steep to me, for Sonic...


I don't think of it is 7 for the game. I figure I'm spending a few for the game and a few for maintaining developer interest in my Playbook. The best way to attract developers is to let them see that it's worth their time. Sucks that we have to do this, but it's literally the price we pay for using a less established platform. Hopefully one day we won't have to anymore...


Once BB10 is on-line app prices may come down as we get millions more users of the QNX platform. Time will tell.

HabsFan9860's not expensive at all, the same game for my XBOX 360 is around $14-15...none of the games on the PB are too expensive...I mean $7 for even Modern Combat, hell it's in good competition for the shooters on my 360 that I paid ten times that of MC...I don't know why people grumble so much for the price of games apps...why should something that has the same (or similar) capabilities of a PC program (that might be worth well over $100) or a console game (a little under $100) be free or next to nothing for people to be satisfied?...plenty of work went into this game and it about we support these guys who make this available, and be grateful that they do?. If $7 for a game of this calibre is too much then go back to the PC and 'download' them from the net...

BlackBerry Torch 9860
BlackBerry PlayBook O/S 2.xx.xxxx


Nice to see Sega get into Playbook - more please!!