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  • Title: Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball
  • System Console: Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
  • Developer: Sega Technical Institute
  • US Release Date: ???
  • European Release Date: ???
  • Japanese Release Date: ???
  • Genre: 2D Pinball/Platformer
  • Characters: Sonic The Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Doctor Eggman / Robotnik, Freedom Fighters, Flickies, Hip and Hop, Scratch, Crawl, Clucker
  • First Appearances: Power Emeralds, Sally, Rotor, Bunnie, Some sort of kangaroo-like creature with boxing gloves, Hip and Hop, Scratch, Veg-O-Fortress, Pinball Defense System

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    General Info

    Looking for a challenge? Sonic Spinball is by far the HARDEST Sonic game on ANY system! Created in November of 1993, Sonic Spinball is an adventure/pinball game in which Sonic tries to free his friends from Robotnik's Veg-O-Fortress. This game is also a VERY significant landmark. People often say that the Archie Comics hold NO place in the Sega world. Well the further you go in this game the further characters you see from the original SatAM cartoon ( Note that this game was created by Sega Technical Institute and NOT Sega Of Japan) - including Princess Sally, Rotor The Walrus, Bunnie Rabbot, Robotnik's cluck bots, An actual roboticiser in action, as well as introducing Hip and Hop The Kangaroos and a cameo of Scratch from the "Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog" cartoon. There are only 4 levels to the game but they are LONG and get EXTREMELY frustrating the further on you go! Consisting of The Toxic Caves, The Lava Powerhouse, The Machine, and one of the hardest Sonic Zones ever created on any Sonic game period - The Showdown!!! Good luck, you're gonna need it.


    Robotnik's latest scheme is to turn all the innocent citizens of Mobius into evil lightning speed. Using a high-tech, super-efficient robot factory hidden in the active volcano, Mount Mobius; utilizing the energy produced by the magma that flows through the volcano's tunnels. The Veg-O Fortress, as it's known, is guarded by a dangerously new "Pinball Defense System". Only one too-cool hedgehog has the wits and the moves to break the defense and get at the heart of this metallic prison...Sonic the Hedgehog!!!

    General Gameplay

    If you've played Sonic 2's Casino Night Zone, then you know what this is like. As hard as this game is, it can be beaten WITHOUT a game genie. However unless you don't want to see the outside world for quite a while I suggest you get very ready to handle this game! The object is to get the Chaos Emeralds that Robotnik is using to power up is fortress. There are 3 in the first two stages and 5 in the rest.

    Comic Adaption

    Sonic The Hedgehog #6

    Title: Sonic The Hedgehog # 6 - "The Spin Doctor"

    Writer: Mike Gallagher
    Artist: Dave Manak
    Summary: The adaption of the Sega Genesis Game Sonic Spinball! When the Freedom Fighters attack Robotnik's factory, they find that Robotnik has relocated to deep within Mount Mobius, an active volcano off the coastline! And it is there where Sonic enters the Veg-O-Matic Fortress, powered by a new Pinball Defense System where he is attacked by Rexxon and Scorpius! After defeating them, he runs into two allies in the Lava Powerhouse, Hip and Hop, who warn him about the Ferrons. But after Sonic trashes the Ferrons, he comes across a more dire situation - a cell full of animals awaiting roboticization!


    Zone Menu
    The Veg-O-Fortress

    The Special Stage Secret
    If you have the game Sonic & Knuckles, you can access a special bonus stage. To activate, insert your Sonic Spinball cartridge into the lock-on Sonic & Knuckles, then turn on your Genesis. Wait for a screen with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Robotnic and the words, "No Way". Now hold A + B + C and you're ready to play.

    Debug Mode (Game Gear Only)
    From the Options screen of the Game Gear version, play SFX O,9,0,1,6,8. In the game, pause, then press 1 and 2 simultaneously. Use the D-Pad to move, and press start to go back to normal mode.

    Level Skip (Game Gear Only)
    From the Options screen of the Game Gear version, play SFX 0,2,1,5,6,6. In the game, pause, then press 1 and 2 simultaneously. Press down to skip to the boss, then the bonus stage, then the next level, etc.

    Zoom Mode (Game Gear Only)
    From the Options screen of the Game Gear version, play SFX 0,2,1,1,6,6. The screen will show a zoomed in version of the game when you play.

    Fast Background Music (Game Gear Only)
    From the Options screen of the Game Gear version, play SFX 0,4,2,5,5,7.