Released: Jun 23, 1991
- Sega Genesis
This page contains cheats, hints, Easter eggs, secrets, and tips for Sonic the Hedgehog. We will continually update this page when we come across more useful cheats and tips.
To enable level select, at the title screen, press Up, Down, Left, Right. You will hear a sound effect play that sounds like a ring being collected. After that, hold A and press Start and a level select screen will appear.
If you turn on the game and don't press anything a demo will begin to play with Sonic going through levels. If you hold C during one of these demos, Sonic will become confused and start to mess up, he will run into enemies, not know where to go or fall onto something that will kill him (spikes or lava).
To enter control mode, at the title screen, press Up, C, Down, C, Left, C, Right. Now, you can pause the game and press A to restart the game, press B for slow motion, and press C to advance one frame at a time.
To earn extra bonus points, complete each level in the time shown below.
|Time Needed||Bonus Points Earned|
|30 seconds or less||50,000 Points|
|45 seconds or less||10,000 Points|
|1 minute or less||5,000 Points|
|1 minute - 30 seconds or less||4,000 Points|
|2 minutes or less||3,000 Points|
|3 minutes or less||2,000 Points|
|4 minutes or less||1,000 Points|
|5 minutes or less||500 Points|
The following cheat codes are for Game Genie. These can be used on a Sega Genesis with a Game Genie device or you can use these on any emulator that supports Game Genie Codes. If you want a Game Genie Device, you can always Check on Amazon for one.
|Cheat Effect||Cheat Code|
|Each Ring Gives You 2 Rings||SCRA-BJX0|
|Each Ring Gives You 5 Rings||SCRA-BYX0|
|Each Ring Gives You 8 Rings||SCRA-BAX0|
|Level Select Menu||AJ3A-AA4G|
|Never Lose Rings||AWRT-AA5W|
|Start With 1 Life||AE3T-AACL|
|Start With 5 Lives||AY3T-AACL|
|Start With 2 Continues||663T-B64R|
|Start With 5 Chaos Emeralds||AY3T-BA4R|
|Start With All Chaos Emeralds||A23T-BA4R|
Note: You must get the invincible item first and it will last the remainder of the level unless you die.