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File Date Source Title and comments
Cover article
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1993-06-30 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "August 1993" "It's Sonic-Mania in Sonic Spinball!"
Two-page article describing Sonic Spinball's appearance at the Summer CES 1993. It is said to be inspired by Sonic 2's Casino Night Zone, and can have up to four players, although when released was in fact a single-player game. Its launch date is expected on "Segamania Day", in November 1993.
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-07-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "August 1993" "Sweet Home Chicago: Sega"
Short article mentioning the game at Summer CES 1993.
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx Sega Visions (US), "August/September 1993" "Genesis Sneak Peak: Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball"
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-0x-xx Mega Force (FR), "Ete 1993" "The Sega Villiage: Sonic Spinball"
Brief coverage from Sonic Spinball's appearance at Summer CES 1993.
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "August 1993" "Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball"
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-09-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "October 1993" "Preview: Sonic Spinball"
Two-page preview, estimating the game to be 65% complete.
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-09-20 MegaTech (UK), "October 1993" "Preview - Sonic Spinball"
A one-page preview from a 30 percent complete build of Sonic Spinball.
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx GamePro (US), "October 1993" "PreView"
Cover article
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1993-xx-xx Sega Visions (US), "October/November 1993" "Just Review It: Genesis"
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-09-28 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "November 1993" "Preview: Sonic Spinball"
Single-page preview of the game, again mentioning its connection to Casino Night Zone, as well as the Veg-O-Fortress. The game is said to be 70% complete with an expected November release.
Cover article
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1993-xx-xx GamePro (US), "November 1993" "Genesis Preview: Sonic Spinball: Robotnik's Pinball Revenge"
US magazine GamePro's preview of the game, including maps of the first three levels.
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-1x-xx Game Players (US), "Vol. 6 No. 11 November 1993" "Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball"
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "November 1993" "Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball"
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-1x-xx VideoGames (US), "November 1993" "Video-Game Previews: Sonic Spinball"
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-10-xx Mean Machines Sega (UK), "December 1993" "Review: Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball"
Three-page review, covering the game's story, first three levels and gameplay mechanics. The writers describe the game as fun, but with average graphics and music. They also complain that the game is too short.

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 81%
81
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "December 1993" "Review Crew: Sonic Spinball"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-U 8/10   7/10   6/10   7/10
70
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-11-xx Sega Power (UK), "December 1993" "Mega Drive Review: Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 90% Gold
90
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-11-03 Sega Magazin (DE), "November/Dezember 1993"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
84% Get It!
84
[Info]
Cover article
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1993-11-04 Mega Action (UK), "December 1993"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 91% Gold
91
[Info]
Cover article
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1993-11-10 Mega Force (FR), "Novembre 1993" "Zapping: Sonic Spinball"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
91%
91
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-11-11 Sega Pro (UK), "December 1993" "Mega Drive Review: Sonic Spinball"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 79%
79
[Info]
1993-11-13 Sonic the Comic (UK), "November 13th 1993" "Review Zone"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 80%
80
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx GameFan (US), "Volume 1, Issue 12: November 1993" "Viewpoint: Sonic Spinball"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-U 70%   74%   68%   70%
71
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx GameFan (US), "Volume 1, Issue 12: November 1993"
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-11-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "December 1993" "Review: Sonic Spinball"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
73%
73
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-11-18 Mega (UK), "December 1993" "Game Review: Sonic Spinball"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 83%
83
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-11-20 MegaTech (UK), "December 1993" A review from MegaTech, giving the game is 89 for presentation, 92 for graphics, 90 for sound, 92 for short term play, 82 for long term play, and 86 for the overall score.

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
86%
86
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-11-22 Video Games (DE), "12/93" "ROM Test: Sonic Spinball"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
80% Classic
80
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-11-24 Mega Fun (DE), "12/93"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 85% Gold Game
85
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-11-25 Sega Zone (UK), "December 1993"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 84%
84
[Info]
1993-xx-xx Joker (SI), "December 1993"
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-12-01 Megazone (AU), "December 1993"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 78%
78
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-12-08 Beep! MegaDrive (JP), "January 1994" "BE-Mega dog race"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-J 7/10   6/10   6/10   6/10
63
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-12-09 Mega Machines (UK), "January 1994" "Arcade Review: Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 90%
90
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-12-10 Sega Magazine (UK), "January 1994" "Out Now: Sonic Spinball"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
82%
82
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-12-16 Mega (UK), "January 1994" "Feature: Sonic Spinball"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
83%
83
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-12-21 Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US), "January 1994" "Video Game Gallery: Sonic Spinball"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-U 93%
93
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Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx GamePro (US), "January 1994" "ProReview"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-U
Graphics: 4 Sound: 4.5 Gameplay: 4.5 FunFactor: 4.5
88
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx Hyper (AU), "January 1994"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
88%
88
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx VideoGames (US), "January 1994"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-U 8/10
80
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx 576 KByte (HU), "Február 1994"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-02-07 Aktueller Software Markt (DE), "März 1994"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
11/12 ASM Hit
92
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-02-23 Mega Fun (DE), "03/94" Eight-page walkthrough with maps.
1994-xx-xx The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Yearbook (1994) (UK), "" "Sega Reviews"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 82%
82
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-0x-xx Game Players (US), "Vol. 7 No. 4 April 1994"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-U 87%
87
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-04-15 Sonic Mag: B.D. & Jeux-Video! (FR), "Mai 1994" "Round Test: Sonic Spinball"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 89%
89
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-10-28 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "December 1994" "Sonic Spinball: Billions of Points!"
Short paragraph explaining a cheat to gain extra points.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx 576 KByte (HU), "December 1994" Tips
Logo-pdf.svg 1995-02-28 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "April 1995" "The Complete Sonic Tips Guide"
Single paragraph explaining a way to get extra points. Part of a retrospective of codes on Mega Drive Sonic games.
Logo-pdf.svg 1995-08-08 Sega Saturn Magazine (JP), "September 1995" "Beep! MegaDrive readers final rating"
It continued up until then in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP).

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-J 5.5981/10
56
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VP 1 CZ SOR3 Sonic Spinball.jpg 199x-xx-xx Video Plus (CZ), ""
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
89%
89
[Info]
1995-xx-xx Tricks (RU), "1/95" Tips with Pro Action Replay
1995-xx-xx Mickey Mouse (LT), "6/1995" As Soniko biliardas
1995-xx-xx Tricks (RU), "2/95" Tips
1996-12-01 Velikiy Drakon (RU), ""
1997-09-01 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
1998-03-20 Tricks 16 bit (RU), "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr"
Reprints/translations:
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
76%
76
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1999-xx-xx Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU), ""
Reprints/translations:
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
RatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Empty.svgRatingStar Empty.svgRatingStar Empty.svg
70
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1999-07-15 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
2000-xx-xx Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 2 (RU), "" The entire game guide
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
RatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Empty.svg
90
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2002-10-13 Cool Gamer (RU), "9"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
7/10
70
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 2003-03-10 1700 igr dlya Sega (RU), ""
Reprints/translations:
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
70%
70
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