by Graham Pierrepoint
Sega was once one of the big powerhouses in videogames – having gone head-to-head with Nintendo during the 90s console boom, the company is responsible for bringing a number of enduring characters and titles to the table. However, following their ill-fated launch of the Dreamcast console towards the end of the decade, Sega found themselves embattled and struggling to keep their head above water in a market that was beginning to be dominated by Sony’s PlayStation brand. Sega therefore left the console race completely at the start of the 00s, instead choosing to focus on producing titles for other systems such as Nintendo’s GameCube, the PlayStation 2 and Microsoft’s then maiden XBox console. Since then, the brand has continued to push its most famous characters – those in the Sonic the Hedgehog series – in a continued line of games, along with looking to the past to try and enrapture audiences.
It seems that the trend for nostalgia at Sega is set to continue, with the company launching a service for mobile devices known as Sega Forever which will allow players to enjoy some of the most celebrated titles from the Sega back catalogue for a small, optional one-off price. Sega Forever is currently available for both Apple and Android, and is currently free to play – however, there are front-mounted adverts that play before the games, which can be removed for just $1.99 at present. The titles currently available to play via Sega Forever include Sonic the Hedgehog, Kid Chameleon, Altered Beast, Comix Zone and Phantasy Star II – five big names that have also previously been celebrated in various game compendiums in the past.
It is thought that Sega will introduce more titles into the mix for future updates, meaning that it could well become a Netflix-style interface for games in the coming months. This will be very good news for anyone looking to revisit some of the big names from Sega’s back catalogue – and while the default controller settings expect you to use the on-screen touch interface to be able to play the games, you will also be able to pair up a compatible controller so that you can comfortably play a few blasts from the past via your phone or tablet.
Sega Forever is out now for free on both iOS and Android with the option for you to remove ads for $1.99 – and with many more titles supposedly on the approach, now could be a very good time to invest!