The SEGA Forever service is now available for iOS and Android devices. This classic/retro game collection is free-to-play, but includes ad support, which can be removed with a reasonable an in-app fee of $1.99 USD.
These entertaining gems are available in the Google Play Store for Android devices and on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, which are accompanied by iMessage sticker packs.
All releases, even the previously released mobile titles, have/will have support for Bluetooth controllers, the ability to save games in the cloud, and leaderboards, so you can see where you stand.
The cloud saves work smoothly and offers multiple save slots so every player can get in on the action.
The touch screen buttons/controls are very responsive, so don’t worry if you don’t have a controller for these. You might want to consider a solid dock/holder as some games are very active on the control side.
The offline play feature lets you save data and also gives you the ability to play in places where you have no internet connection or a weak one.
Each game features its own leaderboards and allows you to compete with players from all over the world. Menu screen languages include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Brazilian, and Portuguese.
I’m happy to report that I found no notable glitches, freezing or other issues during gameplay.
Now everything free has a price for the consumer and the caveat here is that SEGA will monitor game usage and purchase data then use these metric to determine which franchises/properties they might continue or expand in the future. It’s a great idea on the business end and relatively not too intrusive for the game, but keep your privacy in mind.
Players will also encounter a two-way street in this service with optional surveys and other feedback opportunities, which, thankfully, do not interrupt the gameplay experience and interject during menu interface and other non-vital times.
This “re-awakening of archetypal gaming” gives players access to a robust SEGA catalog that reaches back through three decades of console gaming.
This service will likely expand to other platforms in the future (e.g. PC and/or video game consoles). This natural progression would bridge the gap between modern consoles and users who want a retro library to discover or revisit. For more information, visit www.mobile.sega.com.
Tomorrow I’ll look at some of the games available.
~ Mike Siebenaler