I was never much of a gamer as a kid. For one thing we didn’t have the money for games consoles, for another I had a ZX Spectrum and enjoyed trying to program simple maths problems, graphics and music too much to be content with simply consuming other people’s work.

That said, I spent many a happy hour at friends’ houses playing Sonic or Mario games on various consoles. When I saw that Sega have promised to donate profits on some games downloaded from the iTunes App Store to relief works in Japan, I couldn’t resist having another go at Sonic The Hedgehog. The memories are awesome, and I’m pleased to report that the gaming experience is surprisingly faithful to the original.

Screen grab, content copyright to Sega I guess...