Sonic Tweet was a digital application created by SEGA of Japan as part of Sonic's 20th anniversary celebration. The app is accessed though the popular social networking site, Twitter. The application comes off as a game where the player must help Sonic defeat Dr. Eggman. The game, which requires the player to follow @SONIC_TWEET_JP and authorize it to be able to read the player's tweets, is a free mini-game that involves the player to tweet ”Sonic ★ Tweet”‘ as part of the Twitter message. Certain words from the message will make Sonic use a "Dash" to attack Eggman. Defeating Eggman will reward the player with 1 of 500 cards that can be collected or traded in for additional dash attacks. The cards are comprised with artwork or sprites from a group of 35 different Sonic the Hedgehog series games. The whole application is in Japanese. The game ended on the 31st of December, 2011.
Sonic Tweet was launched by SEGA of Japan on July 5th 2011. By July 18th the game had crashed do to an overwhelming amount of participants. A message in Japanese was left in place of the game which stated:
"We have had to stop the server as it is so busy.
Currently, we are investigating the failure and progressing toward recovery.
To everyone we are very sorry, thank you for waiting."
The game returned on August 9th 2011. To reward returning users, every account automatically received the Sonic card from Sonic the Hedgehog (1991). The game has some slight changes from how it was at launch. For example, Sonic and Dr. Eggman used to pass by signs advertising Sonic Channel, Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations and Sonic's 20th Anniversary. When the user clicked on the signs they would be taken to the matching website. However, when the return of the game, these signs had been removed for unknown reasons. The signs returned on September 9th, exactly one month after the game itself came back online. Sonic Tweet ended on December 31st, 2011. Currently the sprite animations have been replaced with Sonic chasing Eggman on foot and large text reading "Thank you for playing" is on the left side. Many of the features have been removed from the site leaving only the pages that show results in collection, point total and card total.
Sonic Tweet is nothing more than a free app for Twitter. SOJ is calling it a “Game-included Twitter Client”
The objective of the game (or app) is to collect 500 cards of characters from Sonic’s history.
To play, the player must tweet something using the app, and try to chain combos.
The tweet will be separated into single words, one of them will be randomly selected and assigned points. Apparently words like 20th or Sonic will receive more points. Then, the app will connect that word with words from other users and generate a combo. The higher the score, the more powerful Sonic’s attack will become.
Tweeting short sentences or tweeting the same sentence many times won’t be made into combos.
By attacking Eggman and making his HP go to 0, the player will receive a card.
To dash and attack Eggman the player will have to wait some time, but this can be bypassed by using the cards that are earned.
By defeating Eggman the player will receive exp points that will be used to achieve higher levels. The maximum attainable level is 10.
It will be possible to exchange cards with other twitter users, however to do this both users will have to be using this app and be followers of each other. Card trading is limited to 3 times per day, up to 5 cards per time.
There are three types of rankings, and going up to the third place will earn extra cards.
Different sprites from the original Sonic games are used in this game.
- Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
- Crabmeat from Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
- Motobug from Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
- Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Eggman with jetpack from Sonic CD (Round 1)
- Eggman in Eggmobile from Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) (Zone 2)
- Eggman in Eggmobile from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Zone 3)
- Eggman in Eggmobile with sledge hammer from Aquatic Ruin Zone (Tonkachi Eggman) in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Zone 4)
- Eggman in Eggmobile with lights and grips from Casino Night Zone (Catcher Eggman) in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Zone 5)
- Eggman in Eggmobile with flamethrower from Hill Top Zone (Submarine Eggman) in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Zone 6)
- Eggman in Eggmobile with the large screw drill from Marble Garden Zone (Drill Mobile) in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Zone 3)
- Eggman in Eggmobile with two drills and a headlight from Mystic Cave Zone (Drill Eggman II) in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Zone 8)
- Eggman in Eggmobile attached to the Jet Mobile from Mushroom Hill Zone in Sonic & Knuckles (Zone 9)
- Eggman appears in any one of the above machines at random or the Flame Mobile from Angel Island in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Zone 10)
- All of Sonic's crossover games do not have cards in this app. Neither do the Sonic Rivals games, pinball games, mobile games, educational games, arcade games, compilation games, puzzle games, Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, Sonic 3D, Knuckles' Chaotix, Sonic Shuffle and Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
- Fang the Sniper was purposely left out of Sonic Tweet for unknown reasons.
- Sonic Battle and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) are the only games that do not use the first level of the game as the background on their cards.
- The Chao cards for Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 use new artwork, as opposed to the original artwork from their respected games.
- The cards of Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 use the artwork present in their remakes Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.
- Chaos 0 and Tikal even use their Sonic Adventure 2: Battle artwork even though they are Sonic Adventure cards.
- Tails' card from Sonic Advance 2 and Sonic Rush both use the same pose; the only difference is that one is a sprite and the other is artwork.
- The Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Eggman and Cream artwork used for the Sonic Rush cards are originally from other games or Sonic Channel.
- On Silver Sonic's card from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit), the New Motora artwork can be seen behind him.
- The Sonic Triple Trouble cards use artwork originally from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 for Knuckles and Eggman. Also the Metal Sonic card used artwork from Sonic CD.
- In the 8-bit titles, although the resolution and some sprites are closer to the Master System equivalent when applicable (except Sonic Blast), the colors are closer to their Game Gear counterparts.
- In the Sonic Unleashed cards, Super Sonic and Dark Gaia cards are the only cards to have a different background.
- Many characters from the Multiplayer Mode of Sonic Adventure 2 and from the Party Mode of Sonic and the Secret Rings and Sonic and the Black Knight do not have cards.
- In this app many characters from other series like NiGHTS and Samba de Amigo appear in Sonic Riders and Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity cards.
- Super transformations (with the exception of Super Sonic) do not have cards.
- In this app, Super Sonic have only cards from the games: Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic R and Sonic Unleashed. Other games where he makes an appearance don't have cards.
- The characters Fang the Sniper, Bean the Dynamite, Bark the Polarbear, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel do not make any appearance in the cards of this app. Also games featured this characters (except Sonic Triple Trouble and Sonic Drift 2) don't have cards.
- Omochao only has a card from Sonic Free Riders and does not have cards for other games.
- Neutral Chao only have a card from Sonic Adventure and do not have cards in other games.
- Biolizard and Finalhazard don't have cards in this app for unknown reasons.
- In the Sonic Heroes cards, the Neo Metal Sonic card use the artwork with his shadow instead of the coloured artwork.
- In the Sonic Advance 3 cards, the Gemerl card use a new artwork.
- In the Shadow the Hedgehog cards, the GUN Soldier, GUN Beetle, Egg Pawn, Black Bull and Egg Breaker cards use new artwork.
- E-123 Omega in the only supported character from Shadow the Hedgehog to not have a card.
- Team Super Sonic in the only Team from Sonic Heroes to don't have any card.
- Neo Metal Sonic card from Sonic Heroes is the only transformation of Metal Sonic to have a card.
- Sonic the Werehog is the only different transformation of Sonic to have a card. Other transformations like Darkspine Sonic and Excalibur Sonic don't have cards.
- Many characters from cutscenes in the DS version of Sonic Colors don't have cards.