WingDamage.com writes, "When I first started the game, I was overjoyed to find that it started with a level. I don’t mean there was a big intro followed by a level. I mean, just as if you were putting in its 16-bit predecessor, you hit start and start running. I could not appreciate this more. The classic Sonic felt exactly how I remembered the old games, and that sense of nostalgia they were going for immediately hit me. SEGA won that round."