Sonic CD: Tips to help you with this classic on mobile
Change the course of time.
Sonic CD is one of the many, many Sonic The Hedgehog games in the legendary series, and has now made its way to mobile devices. It's one of the few Sonic games on iOS or Android, which is noteworthy, but as well as that CD is one of the earliest games in the franchise and is also one of its greatest as well.
If you've never played the game, your goal is to play each level and change the future for the better as you play. It's the first game in the Sonic franchise to introduce two popular characters in Amy Rose and Metal Sonic. And the time travel feature was ahead of its time for the series.
Possibly Sonic CD's most memorable aspect was its music. The soundtrack in the game was highly praised when the game released in the 90s and it's still popular to this day. For an arcade game, it's one of the best soundtracks of all-time. Anyway, as mentioned, if you are new to the Sonic CD experience, here are a few tips to tackle this iconic game.
Destroy the Machines
This is truly the name of the game in Sonic CD. It's not required necessarily to go back in time, but it's recommended that you do. As we talked about, the game allows you to explore the past and future of each level, essentially giving you three different designs of each level (including the present).
It's a good idea to travel to the past where you'll find some machines made by Dr. Robotnik (famously known as Eggman). These machines will cause the future of these worlds to be a bad one and so destroying them will make them good.
In order to switch between eras, you need to find a sign in the present time. When you run past it, it will either tell you "past" or "future". Once it's on past, you'll need to run back and forth and pick up speed. Once you go super fast, you'll be sent to either the past or future. Once you go to the past and destroy the machines, feel free to head to the future which should be "good" now and much more cheerful and peaceful.
Try Pacing Yourself
I understand that this is a Sonic game and the legendary hedgehog is all about speed (while Tails is about flying), but in Sonic CD, feel free to take your time a little bit. Yes, it's hard to do in a game when you're almost constantly moving and at great speeds, but keeping a fair pace may help.
The main reason I say is because you don't want to pass those time travel signs. It can be very easy to pass them up by accident, especially if you're a new player. Depending on the level's layout, you may be able to go back and find the sign again if you passed it up.
The important thing here is just that you don't go too far passed the sign. Go any further, then next you know you reach the end where you take on Eggman who is famously the boss on the majority of Sonic levels. But yeah, try and catch those signs and destroy those darn machines of the past.
Give Time Attack a Try
Time Attack in Sonic CD is a fun extra mode that you can play. It's pretty much what you think it is. The goal is to complete a level as quickly as possible. First, however, you need to complete levels in the campaign in order to unlock them for Time Attack.
But even after just completing Palmtree Panic, the first area, feel free to jump into Time Attack. It's not only a fun, more casual mode, but it's great for practice too. Feel free to go and work on things like timing your jumps and learning more about your surroundings.
Playing Time Attack is a fun way to sort of warm-up for your next playthrough if you choose to do such a thing. And, it's just nice if you want to get a quick run in some of the cool areas.