Sega has quietly released a new take on the Sonic The Hedgehog
games, with a flash version of the original game being made available online with a new level editor included.
Unfortunately, the site requires that players pay a subscription fee if they want to make the most of the game.
Launched at PlaySega.com
, the service is currently in beta and has a number of other games available on the site. While you can hop into and play any of the games for free and without signing up, a membership account allows you to participate in competition, save your high scores, customise avatars and the like.
While creating a basic account is free, you'll need a VIP account to unlock everything on the site, including the Sonic Level Editor
, which uses a simple drag and drop interface.
Subscription starts at $5.95 a month, but signing up for three months at $14.95 will net you a Sega Saturn-style gamepad to use with the games.
After having had a quick fiddle with the game it definitely seems to run well, even if Sonic doesn't go as fast as we remember. The question is though, with all the other free flash platform games around why would you want to pay a subscription for Sonic The Hedgehog
? Let us know your thoughts in the forums