Sonic the Hedgehog 2

App review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Classic family-friendly platformer suffers control issues.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 11 reviews

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Ease of Play

Players use a virtual directional-pad and jump button on the device’s touch screen. It’s intuitive enough, but if your thumbs wander off the controls you’ll find yourself unable to control Sonic. That can make some sequences requiring deft hand/eye coordination a little trickier than they would be with a standard controller.

Violence & Scariness

Sonic can defeat his cartoonish enemies by jumping on them to make them disappear. Conversely, Sonic can be hurt by spikes, fireballs, and bumping into enemies. He jumps back when hurt and falls down through the bottom of the screen when players lose a life.

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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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNintendofan124 August 28, 2019
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written bySircjalot April 17, 2019

One of the best sonic and genesis games out there!

This is as least violent action thriller game as you could get! Your goal is to stop robotnik (eggman) and save all the animals that he used for a power source... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 5, 2021

Good port!

With the remake of Sonic 2, any other attempt can’t beat this!
Kid, 8 years old October 14, 2020

really good

hard and 2d it is really it reminds me of sonic mania but lots of fun you should get this game

Is it any good?

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.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $5.99
  • Release date: July 30, 2010
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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