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Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II Comes to Android

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 6 comments

The blue blur now available for your Android device and those rocking Tegra 3 get the special treatment.

At MWC 2012, Nvidia demoed quite a few games, but Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II was easily the one that impressed us the most. 

Sonic Demo (Tegra 3 Game) @ Nvidia's MWC 2012 Booth

This week, Sega finally released the game. Yesterday, it became available on the PlayStation Network. Today, though, it's available for Xbox and Tegra 3 owners. (Price is $6.99 on Google Play and TegraZone.) Tomorrow, it will be presumably on Apple's App Store for iOS devices (according to Sonic Wikia page). Support for all Android devices will come in another month, which is why Nvidia is keen on highlighting the benefits of Tegra 3 now.


It's difficult for us to make the comparison ourselves. Right now, the app is locked down to Tegra 3 devices. We were able to install the APK on other devices (including Tegra 2), but the downloadable content needed to launch the game doesn't seem to be available unless you own a Tegra 3 device. We're assuming that's done to give Tegra 3 the spotlight.

Nvidia did provide some side by side screenshots that are supposed to illustrate the improved graphics of its third generation SoC. According to the company, "Sonic on Tegra 3 has dramatically higher quality textures, better lighting and glow effects, and objects on screen that are absent from other mobile versions."

From a gameplay perspective, the touch controls felt a little foreign to us. Perhaps, that's because we're so use to playing anything Sonic-related on a console or PC. That said, the spin and jump action share the same button, which is kind of annoying. Fortunately, this game works fine in what we call "console mode." You just have to get external controlled (i.e. Xbox360 Wireless Controller & PC receiver dongle) and hook up your Tegra 3 device to a TV. It's incredibly close to the console experience.

This game does fall short in some ways though. The multiplayer co-op mode allows you and a friend to partner up as Sonic and Tails. The hiccup is that you need a two Tegra 3 devices to make multiplayer work. You can't just run two wireless game controllers off a single Transformer Prime hooked up to a HDTV. That's our only major complaint. Otherwise, this another game that we'd recommend adding to your buy list.

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    classzero , May 16, 2012 4:50 PM
    Works with my tablet, not my phone. No surprise there. Rarely can I find games that will work on all my android devices.
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    becherovka , May 16, 2012 7:58 PM
    "Support for all Android devices will come in another month, which is why Nvidia is keen on highlighting the benefits of Tegra 3 now."
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    Anonymous , May 16, 2012 8:48 PM
    If it's as bad for mid-priced Android phones (such as Droid 2) as Sonic 4 Ep. 1, not buying it.
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    NuclearShadow , May 16, 2012 9:28 PM
    I think it is clear that the Tegra 3 is certainly making a better looking game out of Sonic 4 E2.
    I wish they showed a more graphical game to begin with though as I don't think Sonic fans of the old type of game-play care too much about graphics. I could start playing the original Genesis titles and still enjoy them just as much as I did during their prime.

    I want to see the best hardcore 3D graphics is can push out while still maintaining a smooth experience.
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    s3anister , May 16, 2012 10:17 PM
    NuclearShadowI wish they showed a more graphical game to begin with though as I don't think Sonic fans of the old type of game-play care too much about graphics. I could start playing the original Genesis titles and still enjoy them just as much as I did during their prime.


    The first sonic game on the genesis was one of the first games I ever played and yes I could go back to the genesis and love every minute of it but when it comes to any game released in this decade I'm going to care about graphics like most everyone else. Graphics do matter, which is why I primarily play PC games.

    To get back on topic, Nvidia has done an excellent job here with Tegra 3 and I salute their progress. With development like this I'll get to play beautiful games on a cell phone, something I couldn't do a few years ago.
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    XmortisX , May 16, 2012 10:27 PM
    Sonic the Hedgehog On Nvidia "The way its meant to be played"

    Good ol'blue buddy of mines fan since 1992 and still counting!