Matt loved the great old Sonic games, and says this is blue hedgehog’s true successor
The early Sonic the Hedgehog games are, it’s fair to say, somewhat more revered than the series’ newer entries. And it’s not without cause. They were better games, for the most part. The thing is, nailing down the essence of what made the old games so good has always been tricky. Some say the core of Sonic was the speed, firing through tricksy levels and needing sharp reactions to avoid peril. But I disagree. The fast sections of Sonic were a clever way to break up the pace (and give him a chance to live up to his name), but for me, where Sonic games came alive was the exploration. Levels usually offered a couple of different paths to the end, with bonuses and extra lives hidden off – and secret stages, of course. Some hidden areas needed a bit of clever speed building to reach, while some were just sneakily tucked away. The level design, and hopping from platform to platform to reach new paths is what sticks with me when I think back to my days playing the Mega Drive.
So, why have I spent half this column banging on about old Sonic games (which are available on iOS, of course) when the title says it’s about Cordy 2? Because for me, Cordy 2 is the closest any newer game has come to nailing what was great about old Sonic games. The levels are mixtures of speed bursts and thoughtful platforming – exploration is encouraged in some spots, reactions and bouncy fun in others. Like Sonic, every level is packed with things to do and collect even when you aren’t actively progressing. The levels and characters come to life with little flourishes, and the ebb and flow of the game is realised almost perfectly, thanks partly to clever contextual controls. If you liked Sonic back in the day, I’m sure you’ll love Cordy 2, too. Give it a go, it’s free to download, with IAPs available.