18. Collecting A Ring – Sonic The Hedgehog (Mega Drive, 1991)
Sonic the Hedgehog was a revelation back on its release in 1991. Nintendo had Mario as its mascot (back in the days when mascots were a thing consoles seemingly needed to have above all else) and SEGA desperately needed a character of its own. Step forward Sonic. A hedgehog might not immediately give the impression of a multiple million selling franchise, but SEGA knew best.
Today you only have to hear the chime above and you’ll instantly be taken back to the days when running fast was all it took to be cool. Rings played a vital part in Sonic the Hedgehog’s gameplay, offering a second chance should you get hit by an enemy, the player then frantically attempting to collect the rings that had gone flying into the environment.
Rack up 100 rings during a level and you’d be awarded an extra life, which would come in handy against mean old Dr Robotnik.