Article by Leann Guatno
Have an itch for classic games? Are you curious about the classic games that were being played back in the day, or were you unable to play them back then because you didn’t have a console at the time? No need to worry now because SEGA has launched their SEGA Forever service, which will release older SEGA titles every month. Quoted from their website:
SEGA® Forever™ is a free and growing classic games collection of nearly every SEGA game ever released from every console era – Master System, Genesis/Mega Drive, Dreamcast, and more. Available on iOS and Android mobile devices.
Once you’ve downloaded it, you don’t have to worry about playing without wi-fi or mobile data because the games are all playable offline!
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Sonic the Hedgehog
The first and the original Sonic game, this is the game that started the blue hedgehog’s run into fame. Originally published on the SEGA Genesis in 1991, it plays as a 2D side-scrolling platformer.
Phantasy Star II
The second game of SEGA’s Phantasy Star series, Phantasy Star II is a role-playing game (RPG) released in 1989 (Japan) and in 1990 (NA and EU). It was originally published for the SEGA Genesis but has been ported to different platforms since then.
A beat ’em up video game designed to look like the panels of a comic book. It was released for the SEGA Genesis in 1995.
A platform game for the SEGA Genesis, originally released in 1992. It was re-released quite a few times in the 2000s.
Originally released for the arcades in 1988, Altered Beast is a side scrolling beat ’em up game. It has been ported to several other older platforms as well.
Virtua Tennis Challenge
Released in 2012 as a paid game, SEGA now includes this game as part of their free games selection.
The Revenge of Shinobi
A traditional side-scrolling, hack and slash platformer. It was released for the SEGA Genesis in 1989 and is the sequel to the game Shinobi.
Platformer released for the SEGA Genesis in 1995, made by the same minds behind Sonic the Hedgehog.
These games are free-to-play wherever you are because they don’t need an online connection to work. They also save your progress and offer a leaderboard for those who are aiming to come out on the top. SEGA prides in these SEGA Forever games to have built-in controller support so that you can use a controller to play them.
Despite these features, there are a few problems, though. For starters, these games come with advertisements or ads, but these can be removed with a fee. The other problem is that these games, however enjoyable they may be, were not originally made for mobile. As such, some of these games may not be too suited to the mobile’s touchscreen controls. However, if you are looking for a retro game experience, these games on the SEGA Forever service are worth a shot. They’re constantly adding new re-releases, too, so be sure to check them out at forever.sega.com