It’s time to usher the past into the future in this enhanced recreation of Sonic CD! Sonic travels to the distant shores of Never Lake for the once-a-year appearance of Little Planet - a mysterious world where past, present, and future collide through the power of the Time Stones that lie hidden within it.
User reviews: Very Positive (743 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 19, 2012

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"The attention to this port, down to the JP and US soundtracks, widescreen and more is well appreciated. One of classic Sonic's best, now even better!"

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It’s time to usher the past into the future in this enhanced recreation of Sonic CD!
Sonic travels to the distant shores of Never Lake for the once-a-year appearance of Little Planet - a mysterious world where past, present, and future collide through the power of the Time Stones that lie hidden within it.
Sonic arrives only to find the once beautiful world imprisoned beneath a twisted metallic shell. His arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman, has come for the Time Stones and with them, will soon have the power to control time itself!
In order to put an end to Dr. Eggman’s nefarious schemes, Sonic must use the power of Little Planet to travel through time; breaking Dr. Eggman’s hold over the future by destroying his machines in the past and recovering the missing Time Stones!
Featuring 16:9 widescreen, achievements, leaderboards and both the US and Japanese soundtracks, experience the adventure through time that introduced the world to Amy the Hedgehog and Eggman’s most evil creation, Metal Sonic.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium IV 1 ghz
    • Memory: 1GB ram
    • Graphics: directx9 video card
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 286 MB
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Sonic CD is a 2D platformer that has you as a hedgehog finding your way through labyrinth like levels. Between getting from the start to the finish of the level, Sonic can collect rings. These rings are insurance. If you get hit with rings, they all spray out of the hedgehog. If you get hit without any rings, Sonic dies and its back to the last checkpoint. If you have 50 rings at the end of the level, you can jump up into a giant ring that lets you do a bonus stage for a chance to get a chaos emerald. The bonus stage feels like Sega's version of Sonic running around a Mario Kart track. After every 2 levels comes a boss level that has you stock up on rings or lives before you face the boss Robotnik. The game breezed by in a few hours without me noticing.

For those that haven't played any Sonic games from the 90s, the controls are simple enough to use one button. That one button is jump if you're standing or running. If you're ducking and push the button it charges up a spinball. When you release the down direction, Sonic will fire off with a super boost of speed. If you press down while running, Sonic tucks into a ball that will damage enemies.

The real gimmick of Sonic CD is the ability to go into the past or future. You do this by first hitting a sign and then going so fast that you will either go to the era. It feels like nothing more than a pallet swap. There are changes here and there, but you won't need to visit one era or another to progress. Plus there is a screen that takes Sonic to the era and it stops the gameplay. There's not that much variety in gameplay. Even the brief water levels only slow down Sonic, forcing you to find air bubbles to breathe. He can't swim or anything.

For the explorers out there, jumping between past, present and future will reveal secrets. Visit the past to improve the future. When you make two levels have good futures, the third level will take place in the good future. Without the exploration, every level goes by after a few minutes.

New to the series is a Metal Sonic who kidnaps Amy shortly into the game. At some point you will need to race Metal Sonic to get her back. It adds to the unique boss fights. The boss battles are what make the game stand out from other old school Sonic games. You need to defeat each Robotnik boss in different ways other than the traditional 'hit him.' Some you'll need to run fast while dodging objects. Others you'll need to go up on hovering rocks and still others involve chasing him.

Since the game came out between Sonic 2 and 3 there are only a few items to find in boxes. Items like extra lives, 10 extra rings, super fast shoes, temporary invincibility and a shield barrier that lets Sonic take an extra hit. There is nothing new that you won't find in the first two Sonic games.

Unique to the Sonic CD is an animated cartoon introduction and then another when you beat the game, before and as credits roll. Both are nice to look at and pretty brief. They add some much needed flair outside the game to make it feel different from the other old school Sonic games. Sonic CD shouldn't take more than 3 hours to complete. Once you complete the game, it unlocks Tails as a playable character. Tails is a fox that plays the same as Sonic, but if you tap the jump button in mid air, Tails can helicopter around for a while. I can understand why he is an unlockable character, because with him it becomes far too easy to just hover over entire levels.

The game feels easy up until a point, which lets new players get far into the game before it gets challenging. To add to how easy the game is, if you use all your lives, you start at the same level you were at, instead of restarting the zone. The backgrounds are beautiful and have a lot going on. The levels feel large enough to get lost in. The real challenge is traversal, because the enemies are quite forgettable. Sonic will be bouncing off of springs, doing loops, running up ramps, zooming through tubes, running against treadmills, avoiding crushing blocks, hopping on enemies, running around what I can only call gears, but they're not and much more. It didn't feel to me like there were many moments for Sonic to get up to top speed.

Even with the future and past dynamic, the game feels like a big sidestep from Sonic 2. There is nothing new here, but is that a bad thing?
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30 of 30 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
A huge classic now on Steam.

+ Widescreen and 1080p support;

+ You can choose between the Japanese and American soundtrack;

+ Achievements;

+ Extras & Bonuses (you can play the game as Tails and more!);

+ Graphical options, so you can decide if you want the classic look of the game, or a sharper / smoother version of it.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
This is a fantastic port of the game.

Sonic CD is Sonic CD. If you didn't like it on the Mega CD you won't like the steam port. Options to change game graphics from sharpened to original is a nice touch. My favorite part of this port is having the option to change between the US and the J/EU music. There are quality tracks on both versions.

Highly recommended if you're a fan of the original.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
A great SEGA CD title that's gone HD for the PC. Shape the Future with Sonic & Tails with this SEGA Classic.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Sonic CD may look on first try as a repeatative game, but it is not. Every zone in this game has its own unique ideas which are executed well. An extremely great soundtrack( play it on JP ) and many secrets to find. Sonic CD is a hidden gem that should at least be tried by any Jump and run fan. The combination between the secrets, the great level design and the soundtrack is it worth to give it a try!

Rating 8/10
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
This game I would definitely recommend to anyone new to the Sonic the Hedgehog series that wants to play one of the classic hits. It is fairly easy, has a great soundtrack, and is the game that brought you the famed Metal Sonic (and Amy too :3). Also the best thing about the updated 2011 version of Sonic CD is the added 12 achievements, controller support, and you can play as Tails. But as always, not every game is perfect. Some flaws I would consider is some of the bosses being too easy, short levels that only feature lame obstacles (You'll see what I mean when you get to Collision Chaos 3) and you never seem to get a Game Over. So here is my rating.

Gameplay: 7/10
Soundtrack 11/10 :)
Controller support 8.5/10
Keyboard controls (if you don't have an Xbox controller) 7.5/10
Hours of gameplay 8/10

So if you are new to Sonic and want a classic experience, for $5 I would definetely recommend this game (espicially with the 2011 update). Also Metal Sonic is in it.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
If it was not for the game the SEGA CD would not sell really well in the same concept where Rob the Robot sold the NES back in the day. The SEGA / MEGA CD was a rididulously priced add on for its time and it produced some good gems and known for their hillarious novelty. The developer of this game from what I read online built this game from scratch to make it HD. They did a very good job of building this game. However, I can't understand why the Japanese Intro when you start a new game does not have any lyrics to it. Because of the Smooth Framerate you may have difficulty passing certain points of the game. The worst part of the game is Stage 2-3 (I think is Collision Chaos) The Smooth framerate makes it next to impossible to go up to the top and defeat Dr Robotnik) You need real skill to do this. It was easier in the Sega CD Edition. This game is a worth addtiion to your collection but its not a true emulation of the original game like the Sega Genesis indivudal titles are. You have been warned.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Simply the best Sonic game of them all.

I was lucky enough to have a SegaCD growing up and got to experience this game "back in the day". And I can confirm this is a phenomenal port. It was rebuilt from the ground up but stays perfectly true to the original. Perfectly. Then it goes above and beyond by adding extra cotent, unlockables, all versions of the soundtrack, etc. Just absolutely phenomenal work. Lots of love went in to this and this game deserves every bit of that love. Add in a more than reasonable price of $4.99USD and this is a steal especially in a packaged deal or sale.

This game has the most replayability of any 2D Sonic. The deepest gameplay concepts. The best sound and music. Best cutscenes. AND the best sense of speed, which is Sonic's main claim to fame afterall!

Its a shame so many fans of Sonic have missed this title over the years. But with this version existing on Steam you're out of excuses! Buy it.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
It's time to go Back To The Future... with Sonic! Definitely one of the few masterpieces that has been saved from extinction. 10/10 would travel again
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Great game for Sonic Fanboys, Great game in general, Very good game, Also no lag to deal with.
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22 of 37 people (59%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
MEMORIES
SPECIFIC POINT OF VIEW
ENDLESS FANBOY PRAISE
NOT MENTIONING NEGATIVE ASPECTS
FEEELINGS FEELINGS
ROSY RETROSPECTION!

WHITE KNIGHTING

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Being a huge fan of the classic Sonic games, I can safely say that this game was a lot of fun to playthrough and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to play it

Also I loved the Tidal Tempest Zone because it felt a lot like the Labyrinth Zone from Sonic 1
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Like Sonic? Like platformers? Like rad 90's soundtracks? Like bright, colorful detailed levels? How about time travel? This game is for you. It's not only the best Sonic game, but also one of the greatest platformers from the 16 bit era. Unlockables, Time Trial, both American and Japanese soundtracks, and a smoother video filter warrant a purchase as opposed to emulating, especially since you can grab it for a few bucks.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
The PC port is so good that in the controls section it shows the Sega CD controls. It has potential 8/10.
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
SANIC
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Great game, I'm going to copy/paste to people who are new to Sonic Games. This is a platform/speed game just so everyone knows. The game's story focuses on Sonic the Hedgehog as he infiltrates a once peaceful, but now mechanized planet. Doctor Eggman, Sonic's nemesis, uses the planet's time travelling properties to make it his own headquarters. He also has Sonic's robotic counterpart Metal Sonic capture Amy Rose. Sonic must travel through time to save Amy, foil Eggman's plans and bring peace back to the world. I will always recommend a Sonic game, except Sonic 06, but that's not the point, now isn't it? Anyways, to get the good ending, (For people who love good endings) go through the past signs, run really fast without getting stopped, go to the past, release the animals in a hidden capsule, go back to future if you wan't, then get around 50 rings or so (optional), go into the giant ring at the goal and try to break all purple capsules before time runs out, slipping in water decreases time, green capsules grant time, and you'll earn the time stone. To get the not as good ending (if you don't really care and just wan't to play the game), just get through the levels. Basically, I recommend this game to anyone, I won't mind if you don't wan't the game, but it seems like you would be missing out if it's a no.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
The best sonic game in the franchise, for 5 bucks, extra features, remastered music, optimized for PC.

+Pros

+Replayability
+Soundtrack
+Controls
+Best 2D Sonic game out there.

-Cons
Very ♥♥♥♥ing creepy secret message in this game, if you have a kid or lil brother to show it to, I don't really recommend it...
There's a really disturbing face that you can see if you get a code, as a teen or adult, it'll probably startle you or even scare you for a while.


LOL, no offense, but thrill junkies can buy this game since that scary content is in it, or, just look up the face.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Probably the only racing game where you can time travel, track design is excellent and the soundtrack is great.
Only con is the lack of licensed cars.
9/10
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Back To The Future with Hedgehogs.

10/10 Would Play Again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
22 years later after a leap forward of the evolution of gaming, Sonic CD remains one of the most exceptional classics. The way the "elements of gameplay" are mixed, applied and executed into this game creates an experience that retrieved the meaning of "platform". How this Retro game relies on the pace and the time travel with the great soundtrack is just very "innovative" and helps renew my motivation to playing. This is one of the games that very easily can define an era of plaformer. GUARANTEED!

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