25 years later you can now play it for free.
To commemorate the game’s 25th anniversary, Sega has officially released Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on iOS as a part of its Sega Forever collection. The collection has brought a number of Sega’s classics, including Altered Beast and Phantasy Star II, to iOS as downloadable, free to play apps. Instead of an initial cost, the games are supported via in-game advertisements that can be removed for a nominal fee of $1.99.
With a new game added every two weeks, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is simply the latest game to be added to the collection. Like its peers, the game will run at a full 60 frames per second in widescreen format with a remastered soundtrack. Players will be free to compete in leaderboards, online multiplayer, time attacks, and have the option to pause and save the game whenever they want at their leisure. Sega Forever games also include controller support for players who prefer it over the touch interface.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 first released on this day in 1992 and saw the titular hedgehog and his companion Tails speeding their way through twelve zones on his eternal journey to gather the Chaos Emeralds and beat back Dr. Ivo Robotnik. The re-release includes the full game as well as an extra zone called the Hidden Palace Zone. Also included is the ability to play as Knuckles through any of the levels.
The game, along with any Sega Forever game, is available to download via the Apple app store and requires iOS 8.0 or later to run. It is currently compatible with the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and the Apple TV.