Welcome back to Genesis Does! Usually on this weekly episodic show (Thursdays at 8 PM ET, 7 CT) I like to profile the unique, fun games Genesis does which Nintendon’t, but sometimes those Sega exclusive games are NOT so great. Vic Tokai’s “Socket” is one such game. This game is so obscure that its Wikipedia entry is under a hundred words long and is described as “derivative of Sonic the Hedgehog.”

Boy is it ever… but in all of the WRONG ways. A game that rips off beloved platform games like Sonic 2 or Sonic & Knuckles should be fast, breezy, fun and not too easy but just hard enough to keep you coming back to finish it. Socket wants to be Sonic SO BAD that you can feel it coming out of every pore, but poor level design, enemy placement, and cheap deaths leading back to checkpoints with free 1-Ups make it simultaneously EASY AND HARD at the same time. Confused? You should be! Subscribe to mmf187 for new episodes of “Genesis Does” every Thursday at 8 PM ET, 7 CT!