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Sonic Eraser is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series that was available to owners of the Sega Meganet, a modem for the Sega Mega Drive in Japan. While it is a title in the Sonic series, other than featuring the titular character, there is not much that this game has in common with others in the franchise.
Since the Meganet modem never achieved worldwide availability, Sonic Eraser became a "lost" Sonic game, until February 2004, when the Sonic CulT website got a hold of the ROM through Sega's Japan-only download service.
The game is a fairly simple puzzle game. In the versus mode, when a player gets a combination of three consecutive lineups of pieces, that player's Sonic attacks the other player's Sonic. The other player momentarily loses control of his pieces.
The game is on Sega's B-Club download service.
The game offers 4 unique modes of gameplay.
- Round Mode: This is sort of a puzzle mode consisting of 10 stages (0–9). Each stage has a bunch of whirlybob ring shapes interspersed with other normal shapes. Just like the other shapes, the whirlybobs disappear when paired. The objective is to clear them all from the play field by eliminating the shapes between them. The time limit is 3 minutes for each round, and keep in mind that pausing the game doesn't stop the clock, so you'd better remember to go before you start. If you've blown the round (i.e. if you're stuck with only 1 whirlybob left), press A and C simultaneously to end the round.
- Normal Mode: This is just the standard low-pressure game. Play for points as long as you like. The better you perform, the higher your level will rise. As you climb the ladder, the speed at which clusters fall increases.
- Doubt Mode: The rules are normal except that white squares will never fall. Instead, a single shape from almost every cluster will turn into a white square when it hits the ground.
- Block Mode: This mode defies all Newtonian physics by having clusters stand on-end. Stack 'em up as high as you dare for massive chain reactions. It only takes a single pair to send the whole tower tumbling.
- This game is the first Sonic-themed puzzle game, the second being Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.
- This game was originally meant to be in Sonic Gems Collection, but was scrapped for unknown reasons.