The Great Retro Quiz! .12: Sonic the Hedgehog

I have a friend who is a genius at Sonic the Hedgehog. She played it religiously in college, but even today can sit down, load it up on my Virtual Console, and still remember where every single jump and power-up is in the game. If there is ever a sequel to The Wizard, I think I have a candidate for the main character. She’s so bad.

Do you think you all know the SEGA classic well enough to impress her (she is single)? Get that Binaca ready and test your knowledge by taking this week’s quiz, obviously all about the original Sonic the Hedgehog for the Genesis.

As with every week, just leave your answers in the comments and whoever gets the most right will win! In the event of a tie, this week I am going to try something a little different. Instead of just choosing a name at random, I have included a tiebreaker question at the very end of the quiz. You don’t have to answer it — as it won’t affect your total score — but if there is a tie, whoever gets the bonus question right will be the champion. And if there is a tie on that question … well … after my head explodes from all the stress, I will probably just pick a name at random again. It’s the circle of life, my friends.

The swell prize this week is a 2000 point gift card for the Wii Shop Channel that you can use to download all the games in the Sonic collection (hopefully ignoring Sonic 3D Blast, as that game is just terrible). Check my community blog tomorrow (12/6) for the results and to see how you did.

Good luck!

The Great Retro Quiz! .12

: Sonic the Hedgehog
Number of questions: 20
Difficulty: Normal

1. On the Genesis controller, which button performs the Super Sonic Spin Attack?

a. A
b. B
c. C
d. All of the above

2. Which of the following is not a Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog?

a. Labyrinth
b. Spring Yard
c. Star Light
d. Casino Night

HUD memories! Fill in the missing elements:

3. Rings

4. Score

5. Time remaining

6. Lives

7. On the title screen — based on the finger(s) he holds up and the gesture he makes — what exclamation should Sonic most likely be saying?

a. “Peace!”
b. “Thumbs up!”
c. “F*** you!”
d. “Oh no you didn’t!”

8. What is the time limit on every stage?

a. 10 minutes
b. 12 minutes
c. 15 minutes
d. 20 minutes

Color wheel fun! What color is …

*Keep in mind that some answers can be used more than once.

9. … the checkpoint marker orb?

10. … the checkpoint marker orb after you activate it?

11. … the logo that appears during classic sound bite “SEEEEEGAAAAA!?”

12. … the background of a Sonic goal sign?

13. How many rings does Sonic need to collect to access the giant golden ring at the end of certain levels?

a. 40
b. 50
c. 75
d. 100

14. You know the old saying: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something Sonic.” Your bride-to-be wants six “Chaos” gems to fill her wedding ring. What kind of stones would you have to purchase to make her wish come true?

15. True or False: Sonic the Hedgehog sold more copies than Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

a. True
b. False

16. After defeating an enemy, which of the following animals never appears?

17. Analogy Fun! Super Mario Bros. : star power : : Sonic the Hedgehog :

18. Based on his alias, what is the evil Dr. Robotnik’s favorite breakfast food?

19. How many seesaws are directly under the final boss of the Scrap Brain Zone?

a. 0
b. 1
c. 2
d. 3

20. Morbid question of the week! Sonic is massively depressed and decides to kill himself (something about Tails and not wanting to move to Massachusetts). Still holding on to one lone ring, what action must Sonic perform to end it all on his first try?

a. Jump into a pool of hot lava
b. Land on a bed of pointy spikes
c. Stand between a wall and a moving platform
d. Hit an enemy at full speed

*Tie-breaker question! Unscramble the below letters to spell out something related to the Sonic the Hedgehog games:


The Great Retro Quiz! Hall of Champions
.01: The Virtual Console (NES)No prize

.02: The Virtual Console (SNES)Aerox
.03: BombermanShawnKelfonne
.04: The Legend of Zeldanebyoolae
.05: The Virtual Console (N64)Quisling
.06: MetroidNo prize
.07: ContraQuisling
.08: Halloween editionOpTiMaL
.09: Final Fantasy IVCacticus
.10: Super Mario Bros.teknomcr
.11: Mega ManItchy Tasty

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