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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a no-nonsense, no-frills port of the classic platformer that they may have played when they were kids. The mild violence is about on par with a typical Mario game, but the level of difficulty is perhaps a little greater than it has been in previous versions of the game due to the mobile device’s lack of tactile controls.
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Sonic’s second adventure, now nearly two decades old, comes to mobile devices in this faithful, warts-and-all port of Sega’s SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2. Sonic zips around loops and through tubes, jumps on platforms and enemies, collects golden rings, and searches out hidden power ups, including speedy boots and extra lives. Sonic’s buddy Tails runs alongside him but is currently unplayable (Sega says two-player cooperative play will come via a free update at some point, but the game is currently only for one player).
Fans of retro platformers will undoubtedly get a kick out of this rerelease, but they may be disappointed by the virtual controls, which simply aren’t as comfortable or reliable as a traditional physical controller. And make sure you don’t spend money on something you already have; Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has been a part of several recent Sega collections for platforms including the Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, PlayStation2, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.