Saturday, January 26, 2013

Book Review: William Audureau - The History of Sonic The Hedgehog

To review a book about Sonic the Hedgehog, is is out of my norm, but I could not resist.

Sonic has always been a favorite. My son and I have been gamers for years. It started with Mario 64 and kept growing from there. Anyone who loved Mario would sooner or later fall for Sonic.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a 300 page celebration of Sonic's 20th birthday. Each chapter shows graphics from different games and discusses how the games developed. It is packed with many antidotes and stories about how the games came to fruition and some that did not.

We see the struggles developers had with each other and the way it added to the final game development. It is very interesting to read about the glitches they had to deal with.

Even though I already knew a lot about Sonic, I learned much more. Here are a few spoilers.

During development, the original game was so fast it mad you sick.
They had trouble with sonic crashing through the loops instead of spinning around them.
Originally Sonic had a girlfriend named Madonna (yes she was named after the singer)

The last half of the book includes interviews with the developers and their thoughts on how Sonic has changed over the years. There are hundreds of great pictures and even glimpses of games that never made it.

If you are a Sonic fan or just curious about his history, I highly recommend this book.

Read it, then go out and buy a game and enjoy.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*I received this book, free of charge, from Udon Entertainment and NetGallery in exchange for an honest review.

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