SEGA is back with the third installment of their Speed Strats series that’s promoting Sonic Origins. In this episode, we get a look at the various strats and tactics you can use to bend Sonic CD to your will.
While Sonic CD largely plays like many other classic Sonic titles, it certainly has some mechanics not found in any other Sonic game. You can see a breakdown of the more unique features of Sonic CD below.
Time Travel Mechanics - In Sonic CD, the blue blur will have to time travel in each zone to stop Dr. Eggman and his Badniks from taking over Little Planet. This episode highlights the signs players can pass to reach top speeds and jump into the past or future. As players go into the past, they will be tasked with destroying Dr. Eggman’s equipment and holograms of Metal Sonic to stop his destructive plans in the future.
Special Stages - Players must earn 50 Rings or more and jump into the giant ring to enter a Special Stage. Players may recognize this mechanic from Sonic the Hedgehog 1.
Time Stones - Although these special stones look similar to Chaos Emeralds, the mythical Time Stones have the ability to grant the user power to control time once all seven are collected. In Sonic CD, players will embark on a mission to collect all seven Time Stones to ensure that Little Planet has a future. In order to get the Time Stone in each special stage, players must defeat all of the UFOs within the time limit. Time decreases if Sonic touches water, so do your best to avoid it!
New Features - In Sonic Origins’ updated version of Sonic CD, players can employ Spin Dash as well as “Dash,” also known as the “Super Peel Out,” to start sprinting in a flash. When playing in “Anniversary Mode,” Sonic has his “Drop Dash” ability - first introduced in Sonic Mania. Also, players will be able to find Coins - the new currency in Sonic Origins. Sonic fans can also assume the role of the two-tailed fox: Tails. With his abilities to fly and swim, exploring each level becomes a whole lot easier. Story-wise, Sonic Origins includes two new animated cutscenes for Sonic CD. However, the original intro and outro are still available.