Your Favorite Sega Games Now on iOS and Android
Remember the good ole days of Sega games? Well, time for a bit of nostalgia. Sega brings its most popular classic games right to your phone FOR FREE. So if you were looking for something to fill up sleepless nights in bed, the Sega Forever series is exactly what you need. Now as exciting as this seems, the company had already launched three of its five games a few years ago. So for those who already own the games, there are just two more added (more coming soon) and for those who have not yet tried any, time to download.
There are five games that make it to the iOS and Android stores: Sonic The Hedgehog, Phantasy Star 2, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Altered Beast. Don’t we love them all! Although they are free, you will have to make in-app purchases to avoid having ads bother you. That shouldn’t be a problem because you only need to pay $1.99 to enjoy the games without ads and given the prestige of Sega games, this is a pretty good deal.
The SEGA Forever collection will be including other popular games in the near time to come as Sega attempts to move its retro games to mobile. They have a plan to launch new additions to the Forever collection after every two weeks. So hold on to your dear smartphones as you make it the ultimate power machine to play your favorite classic games.
The best part is SEGA’s perseverance of the original look and feel of the game, so you still have that amazing nostalgic feeling. The gameplay remains the same with the only difference of the smartphone taking place of the joystick. This is a great move from the company that most of us Generation-X folks grew up with. Like other tech companies, SEGA clearly understands that if it has to remain in the market, it needs to adopt mobile and bring its users value through modern features like cloud saves, leaderboards etc.
Sonic, the Hedgehog, and Phantasy Star were some of the games that were already on mobile and they can now be updated to ad-free versions with the $1.99 purchase. Though users are super excited with the game launches, experts feel the games are not matched with modern gaming controls and suffer from bad performance as compared to their older versions. One such problem is the Restore Purchase option to unlock the ad-free versions of the game. Users have reported the game hanging until the attempt finally times out. This means that if you already have previous games on your phone then updating right now may not be the right time.
Experts and game aficionados as John Linneman from Digital Foundry and Jared Nelson from TouchArcade claim the games to have poor controls for basic operations and, ‘disappointingly barebones compared to most classic game re-releases.’ Linneman even goes further saying, ‘Do not touch those Sega Forever games,” noting that they’re “lousy emulation in a Unity wrapper. The games are designed to run at 60 frames per second. This emulator tries to do that but drops frames resulting in something that looks more like 45 fps or so. There are loads of dropped frames, hitches and skips.”
We’d say if you are a SEGA fan and have never played any of the games before, then you could probably give it a try and give your own verdict. If however, you already have three out of the five games here, then avoid updating it just yet and wait for SEGA to release the fixes to the Restore Purchase problem. There is a lot of room for improvement and the least we can do is wait for SEGA to catch up to it.