:: Mobile Museum ::
Last update: 08/10/09
Sega's first brush with the mobile explosion came in late 2000 with a series of Java applets designed for Motorola wireless phones. Among
the games offered were four with a Sonic theme:
- Sonic J: A simple platform action game. The object is to get to the end of each course with as many Rings as possible.
- Sonic's Bomb Squad: An overhead action game. Maneuver Sonic through a maze to locate all the bombs within the time limit.
- Sonic Head On: A remake of the 1979 Sega coin-op. The player controls Sonic while the rival racecar is replaced with a missile. Dots are replaced with
- Sonic Logic: A picture grid logic game with Sonic-related imagery.
Being pleased with these limited offerings, the kids demanded more and Sega responded with a wider range of mobile content for a number of
providers. Sonic Team introduced its own mobile line on January 26, 2001: the Sonic Café, a game service for DoCoMo i-mode customers. (i-mode, which had
launched several years earlier, is DoCoMo's mobile internet platform.) The service officially closed in December 2007, though many Sonic Café games are
still available through Sega's other mobile labels.
Following is a list and brief synopsis of every Sonic-related game released as part of the Sonic Café and/or Sega Mobile services.
Title: Sonic the Hedgehog|
Info: A simple platform action game based on Sonic J. The object is to reach the end of each stage with as many Rings as possible. Take damage and
all your collected Rings are lost. The game was created as part of Sonic's 10th birthday celebration, and was a freebie download between June 18 and July
Title: Sonic Tennis
Info: Sonic breaks from his usual run & jump gig for the first in an ongoing line of sports titles. The original game was later replaced with a
graphically enhanced version for newer phone models and Yahoo's Keitai service (formerly Vodafone).
Title: Sonic Golf
Info: Completely oblivious to the lawsuit Camelot and Nintendo must surely be filing, Sonic puts away the Spin Dash and breaks out the 9 iron.
Title: Speed / Speed DX / Sonic Speed DX
Info: First in an ongoing series of Sonic-themed table games. The original version was soon replaced with a graphically enhanced and web compatible
upgrade called Speed DX. In 2006 the game was upgraded yet again and renamed Sonic Speed DX.
Title: Sonic Fishing
Info: Unjustly forsaken fat cat Big stars in his own game doing what he does best. Japanese salarymen everywhere enjoy subdued thrill at the socially
acceptable opportunity to practice their casting on the train to work.
Title: Sonic Billiards
Info: Sonic breaks out the cue for his rendition of pool. The original version was soon replaced with a graphically enhanced remake for Yahoo's
Title: Nakayoshi Chao! (なかよしチャオ！)
Info: It isn't always convenient to carry your Dreamcast VMS or Game Boy Advance with you, but now masochists can enjoy the companionship of a whiny
Chao anytime, anywhere. ("Nakayoshi" is Japanese for good friend.)
Title: Sonic Bowling
Info: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Shadow take their Spin Dash to the pins. Monkey Bowling it ain't, but it beats knocking over pedestrians at the bus
stop. Actually it doesn't, but at least it won't get you arrested.
Title: Eggman no Kazuate Panic! (エッグマンのかずあてパニック！)
Info: Eggman's planted a bomb and there's only one man (or fox) with the skills to match wits with the mad Doc. The title literally translates into
"Eggman's number expectation panic", which more or less describes how the game is played. Pop on your thinking cap and try to ascertain the secret number
based on Eggman's hints.
Title: Sonic no Jirai Sagashi Game (ソニックの地雷探しゲーム)
Info: Eggman's fun with explosives continues with this Sonicified rendition of Minesweeper, perennial favorite of office slackers the world over. A
grid of squares covers the screen, and mines are hidden randomly in the grid. The object is to locate and mark all the mines by uncovering number squares.
The number on each square indicates how many mines are hidden in the 8 squares surrounding it.
Title: Sonic Racing Shift Up (ソニックレーシング SHIFT UP)
Info: Sonic and Shadow, having been brutally crippled and paralyzed from the hips down, still can't end their vicious rivalry. No longer capable of
running to settle their scores, they hop in go-karts and continue racing their vendettas away. Actually, that's not the real story, but it would explain
Title: Sonic Putter (ソニックパター)
Info: Just in case Sonic Golf is a little too glitzy and complex for those early morning train rides, golf fans have the option of a little easygoing
putt-putt to while away those dull pre-work hours. Not quite as efficient a relaxation method as groping schoolgirls, but at least it's free of legal
Title: Sonic Darts
Info: Don't throw darts at people, even the ones who deserve it. Relieve your frustrations with Sonic and Shadow in a friendly game of Shenmue-style
darts. In late 2004, the game was replaced with a graphically enhanced version. (In 2005, Sega of America released Sonic Darts in the US via T-Mobile. The
US version is compatible with Motorola C650, Samsung X105, Samsung E715, Motorola V300, and Motorola V600 phones.)
Title: Sonic Racing Kart (ソニックレーシング KART)
Info: Once again, having completely forgotten that he possesses the innate ability to run at the speed of sound, Sonic hops in a go-kart to
accommodate his volition for velocity. Go online to download and race against ghost data uploaded by other players.
Title: Sonic Reversi / Sonic Reversi Hyper
Info: The Sonic rendition of Reversi (aka Othello) is played just like the real thing. The object is to have your color dominate the board by
strategically flanking your opponent's pieces with your own. In 2005, the original version was replaced with the graphically enhanced Sonic Reversi
Title: Tails no Flying Get (テイルスのフライングゲット)
Info: Tails gets his turn on the small screen with this mobile rendition of the Sonic Battle minigame. Grab Rings and avoid mines.
Title: Sonic Hopping (ソニックホッピング)
Info: Sonic hits the pogo stick. The object is to collect all the Rings on the field without falling into pits. The catch is that Sonic can only
move two spaces at a time. You get bonus points for finishing quickly and taking fewer steps, so look before you leap.
Title: Sonic Hopping 2 (ソニックホッピング2)
Info: Sonic hits the pogo stick again for another set of puzzles in the same vein as the original. This time he's in a factory, complete with trap
Title: Sonic Hearts
Info: Having grown weary of Speed, Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Knuckles shuffle the deck for a more slow-paced game of Hearts.
Title: Sonic Panel Puzzle
Info: With Eggman as your cursor, piece together various character portraits from Sonic Battle. Record times can be uploaded to a network ranking to
determine the fastest panel-slinger around.
Title: Sonicgammon (ソニックギャモン)
Info: The game that is today known as backgammon is thought to have evolved from the traditional Indian pachisi, though variations exist throughout
Asia. Sonic and Eggman have chosen this venerable board game as the battleground for their latest vendetta.
Title: Sonic no Daifugou (ソニックの大富豪)
Info: Sonic and company's next venture into the world of hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades involves the Japanese card game Daifugou (great
Title: Sonic Jump
Info: Sonic vaults ever upward on vertically oriented courses with plaforms, Rings, and enemies. Bonus points are earned based on the number of Rings Sonic has when he
reaches the goal, and also how speedily he was able to get there. There are a total of 7 stages, each with a boss at the peak: Green Hill Zone, Blue Sky Zone, Mechanical Zone,
Mountain Zone, Jungle Zone, Cosmic Zone, and the final Bonus Zone.
Title: Amy no Page One (エミーのページワン)
Info: Amy, Rouge, Cream, and a Hero Chao I guess we can assume to be female sit down for a 4-way game of Page One, a card game I've never heard of and
can find no information on outside of Japanese websites, where it is, ironically, known as American Page One. Baffling.
Title: Sonic Kart 3DX
Info: A 3D sequel to previous Café entry, Sonic Racing Kart. Players race for the best times in a national ranking. Grand Prix mode consists of 5
courses, while Time Attack allows you to hone your skills on any one of those tracks.
Title: Sonic the Hedgehog
Info: A mobile rendition of the original Mega Drive Sonic 1. Early versions lack Special Stages and graphical features such as frolicking animals,
though these technical limitations were surmounted in later releases. Cleared Zones can be replayed any time and high scores can be uploaded to a national
ranking. (For more information, see the Sonic 1 museum page.)
Title: Shadow Shoot
Info: Dr. Eggman, in a shock move nobody could've predicted, has stolen a Chaos Emerald, and it's up to Shadow to retrieve the jewel. Players control
the blackened hedgehog as he dashes through various stages and pummels assorted robots in his pursuit. The speed of Shadow's trot can be altered by running
over the directional dash panels on the ground, and enemies can be taken out with a gun or the traditional Spin Dash. Rings serve their customary function
as Shadow's lifebar. Spin Dash enemies in rapid succession to form combos for big points. When you're finished, go online to view the highest scores and
perhaps upload your own.
Title: Sonic Golf 3D
Info: Sonic tackles a 9 hole course in this 3D sequel to one of the Café's earliest titles. Good shots earn Rings which can be used to purchase
additional clubs, balls, accessories, special shots, and playable characters. In addition to the normal game, there's a training mode, online ranking, and
download shop for swapping out courses.
Title: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Info: A mobile rendition of the original Mega Drive Sonic 2. A Stage Select option allows players to return to any previously accessed Zone while
high scores are automatically uploaded to a national ranking. Later versions of the game feature a graphically enhanced title screen and a new Attack Mode,
an endurance game of successive Special Stages or boss fights. (For more information, see the Sonic 2 museum page.)
Title: Sonic no 7narabe (ソニックの７ならべ)
Info: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy return to the card table for a rousing game of Shichinarabe (aka Fantan aka Sevens aka Parliament). Eggman
represents the all-important joker.
Title: Sonic no Napoleon (ソニックのナポレオン)
Info: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Eggman gather round the card table once again for a few hands of British card game Napoleon (aka Nap).
Title: Sonic no Jigen Ressha (ソニックの時限列車)
Info: Eggman's corralling helpless animals to rebuild Eggmanland via his new transport train, the Egg Liner. Naturally, Sonic's snuck aboard to gum
up the works. The goal is to reach the end of each wagon within the time limit. There are a total of 7 Zones with high scores automatically uploaded to a
Title: Sonic no Casino Poker (ソニックのCasino Poker)
Info: Customize an avatar and test your skill against the mighty blue swine and his posse in 7 card stud. (Nevermind that none of the cast are old
enough to be legally gambling.) This was the last game released under the Sonic Café label.
Title: Sonic Jump 2
Info: Sequel to the orginal platform-springing Sonic Jump. Sonic raids Eggman's latest space satellite to retrieve the 7 Chaos Emeralds, but an explosion sends the
jewels flying to all corners of the planet. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles search the globe for the gems. There are a total of 7 stages with the same names and themes from Sonic
Jump 1, but with updated graphics.
Title: Sonic at the Olympic Games
Info: An Olympic-themed collection of minigames starring Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy. At the moment, this is only available in the US under the
Sega Mobile label.
Title: Sonic Dash Quiz (ソニックダッシュクイズ)
Info: A quiz game with sprites from Sonic Advance / Battle and backdrops from older games in the series. Once the correct answer has been identified, players (as Sonic,
Tails, Knuckles, or Shadow) race to tag the colored ring with the matching answer.
Title: Sonic Unleashed
Info: A Sonic Rush-esque rendition of the console original from Gameloft.
Title: Sonic Bowling
Info: A graphically enhanced remake of the old Sonic Café title.
Title: Sonic Golf DX
Info: A graphically enhanced remake of the old Sonic Café title.