Sonic CD is something of a special game to me. game play and level layout wise, it's not my favourite game and not even my favourite Sonic game, but the art style, soundtrack and general tone of the game is by far the one that has stuck with me the most ever since I played it in 1994 when I was 8. Incoming long ramble about Sonic CD inspired moments of my childhood and beyond!
The first Sonic game I played was Sonic 2, although I think it may have actually been both the cartoons and the fleetway comic that first got me into the character. We got a second hand Mega CD out of the local newspaper classified section and it came with a bunch of games including Sonic CD. I have owned this copy of the game ever since, mainly because barring eBay I have never seen another copy for sale since, same case with most of my Mega CD games.
Childhood doodles and my top 20 favorite pieces of music from the game after the jump!
I even made up equally weird "hidden art". Pancake Zone with Ray the Squirrel tied up to a sauce pan anyone? Check out the crazy moon speak text that's supposed to be Japanese. i think even the artists behind the original hidden art would be a bit disturbed by some of the stuff I was drawing, haha!
I still remember the story behind this one. The official UK Sega magzine had a competition once (which was obviously an April fools joke) in which they'd give £1 million to whoever could find Rankles, a photoshopped Green Knuckles with spiky feet. This drawing is supposed to be him found in some hidden artwork on Sonic CD, and the reason he's beheaded is I had a Knuckles toy (the one from the Tomy Sonic & Knuckles collection) that's head fell off. Yep.
Oddly enough I rarely ever drew Metal Sonic as a kid, even though he has always been one of my favourite characters in the entire series. Maybe it was because he was difficult to draw. I did draw up a comic where Sonic became half metal, and that just so happened to be one of the first comics with Jeffahog in too.
The soundtrack was the other major draw for me. When I discovered you could listen to most of the music (barring the past versions) simply by playing the game disc on a CD player, the first thing I did back then, due to not owning a CD player of my own, was record the CD to cassette. With every new music playing device I got, that soundtrack was always the first that'd be played on it. I think the Sonic CD soundtrack may even be the single disc I have listened to the most in my entire life. I have never got bored of it in 17 years.
Below is my personal top 20 of both of the soundtracks (but excluding the vocal tracks):
- Boss (JP OST)
- Metallic Madness Present (JP OST)
- Palmtree Panic Bad Future (JP OST)
- Wacky Workbench Bad Future (JP OST)
- Metallic Madness Bad Future (JP OST)
- Special Stage (JP OST)
- Stardust Speedway Bad Future (US OST)
- Collision Chaos Past
- Boss (US OST)
- Tidal Tempest Bad Future (JP OST)
- Wacky Workbench Good Future (JP OST)
- Collision Chaos Present (JP OST)
- Quartz Quadrant Past
- Tidal Tempest Past
- Quartz Quadrant Bad Future (JP OST)
- Quartz Quadrant Good Future (JP OST)
- Palmtree Panic Good Future (JP OST)
- Quartz Quadrant Present (JP OST)
- Special Stage (US OST)
- DA Garden (JP OST)
I have one last Sonic CD article to post, but it will have to wait till a certain post by the official Sega blog is made!