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Robotnik I Up Landlord....
on 8 March 2005
In the eternal childhood battle of Sonic versus Mario, who would win? Well, I always thought Sonic would win, because he was covered in spikes and Mario was just a fat plumber, but I could be wrong. Either way, it's a contest we're never likely to see, so I'll have to stick to pitting all the Sonic games ever against each other in Sonic Mega Collection Plus.
Featuring a staggering number of 2D Sonic and Sonic-related games, this is a history of one of the greatest video game icons on a single disc. The games all play as well as they did the day they were born. Sadly, not all of them were born looking too bright and you'll find time has not been kind to all of Sonic's early outings.
My favourites are the original Sonic and Flicky, the brilliant, bird-catching spin off game - so cute, so relaxing, so frustrating - but there really is something for everyone here, albeit a very simple something. Just be prepared to wade through some of the less talented Sonic offspring on your way to the solid gold hedgehog-related nirvana hidden within.
Along with the games themselves, there is also a whole bunch of supporting bits and bobs - movies, original instruction manuals, hints and so on - to unlock and admire at your leisure. There's no doubt that there's a huge amount of gameplay here, but at 25 quid perhaps it's a bit too expensive to warrant buying. Depends on how much you love your retro games.