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Sega Forever is a service offered by Sega and developed by Sega Networks Inc. for Android and iOS devices, giving users access to versions of Sega games originally released for Sega's home consoles; the SG-1000, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Saturn and Sega Dreamcast.

By default, all games are free-to-play but are ad-supported, however a one-time payment for each individual game can disable the adverts in that game. All games are compatible with bluetooth controllers as well as touch controls.

For the most part, older games (i.e. pre-Sega Saturn) are emulated using a Unity-based emulator (having reportedly failed to reach an agreement with the team behind RetroArch on licensing grounds[1]), while newer games are ported directly to the hardware. This is not true for all cases, however - the enhanced port of Sonic the Hedgehog from 2013 is featured instead of an emulated version.

Emulation quality

Upon launch, Sega's chosen emulator for Mega Drive games was widely panned on performance grounds, failing to hit 60FPS even on modest hardware, despite the games in question being more than 25 years old at the time.

List of games

Name Date Previously on Android/iOS
Altered Beast 2017-06-21 Yes
Comix Zone 2017-06-21 No
Kid Chameleon 2017-06-21 No
Sonic the Hedgehog 2017-06-21 Yes
Phantasy Star II 2017-06-21 Yes
Virtua Tennis Challenge 2017-07-11 Yes
The Revenge of Shinobi 2017-07-26 No
Ristar 2017-08-09 No
Golden Axe 2017-08-31 iOS only
Crazy Taxi 2017-09-13 Yes
Space Harrier II 2017-09-13 iOS only
Beyond Oasis 2017-10-12 No
Decap Attack 2017-10-26 No

External links

References

  1. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-06-21-sega-releases-classic-games-on-mobile-for-free-but-at-what-cost