Apart from the occasional music piece change, as well as the benefits of playing it on a handheld gaming device on the go, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the SEGA Game Gear is pretty much the same as the Master System version
, which I have written a review for in greater detail. So I'll try and keep this one short.
A quick recap of the story: Dr.Robotnik has taken Sonic's fox friend Tails prisoner, and it's up to the spikey blue wonder to save him as well as the day. The adventure sees Sonic spin, dash and ring grab through six zones (three acts each), as he looks to take out the badniks and grab the chaos emeralds. Success with both will unlock a seventh zone and a chance to confront Robotnik.
From the danger threatening cart rides in the Underground Zone, to the sluggish watery environment of the Aqua Lake Zone, to the dizzy pipe maze known as the Scrambled Egg Zone, Sonic 2 is a game that gives the player a fun ride with loveable levels and great music to go with them. It's a game that's easy to delve into on the spur of the moment with its short but active gameplay, and the catchy tunes are worth the gaming price of admission on their own.
The "good ending" music here is different from the Master System version, which is a bit of a shame because that one was a corker and you actually have to sacrifice Tails' freedom (bad ending) in order to hear it here. Also the camera is positioned a little too close to Sonic, making it a shade difficult to see the action up ahead and on occasions forcing you to take certain areas slowly. However, on the whole Sonic 2 is a 2D platform classic; a cartridge that should well and truly be glued into your Game Gear...or placed onto your 3DS memory stick (from the Nintendo eShop) in download form. Either way, play it!
Final Score: 9/10