The Spectacular Form of Gravity

As well as being faster than any other platforming game on the market, the Mega Drive Sonic titles were also famous for allowing the player to experience a unique adrenaline rush. This ‘rush’ came from the spectacular manner in which Sonic was able to defy gravity.

Skateboarding and pinball are two forms of entertainment that are heavily influenced by gravity. Hence, it is unsurprising that their mechanics have had a significant impact on the Mega Drive games. Unlike the devices discussed in the gravity obstacles section, the use of skateboarding and pinball mechanics not only allowed Sonic to defy gravity, but to do so with a dizzying, adrenaline-inducing level of spectacle.

The Skateboarding dynamic
The Pinball dynamic
The Pinball & Skateboarding dynamic combined

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