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Video GameSonic the Hedgehog (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.

In the game you collect rungs to accrue health, and loose these if you are hit. Your aim is usually to stop Eggman's schemes for world domination, by navigating levels that include springs, slopes, bottomless pits, and vertical loops.

In addition to the Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, these are the main releases in the series:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) on Sega Genesis/Megadrive and later on Mobile, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992) on Sega Genesis/Megadrive
  • Sonic Spinball (1993) on Sega Genesis/Megadrive
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles (1994) on Sega Genesis/Megadrive
  • Sonic Adventure (1998) on Dreamcast
  • Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)on GameCube
  • Sonic Advance (2001) on Game Boy Advance
  • Sonic Mega Collection (2003) on GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
  • Sonic Heroes (2003) on PlayStation 2 , Xbox, GameCube
  • Shadow the Hedgehog (2005) on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) on 870,000451
  • Sonic Unleashed (2008) on PlayStation 2, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
  • Sonic Colors (2010) on Wii, Nintendo DS
  • Sonic Generations (2011) on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Nintendo 3DS
  • Sonic Lost World (2012) on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS
  • Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal (2014) on Wii U and 3DS
  • Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Plus (2018) on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, Megadrive, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Collecting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Sonic hedgehog (@Sonic_hedgehog)




Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete. Sonic Mania takes this long, although Sonic games vary in length.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:



This game has helped players develop their Experience as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Sonic Mania is Rated PEGI 3. The game features some cartoony violence of a light-hearted nature. The violence is never severe or of a serious tone, as most violence simply consists of Sonic jumping on the head of enemies. The robotic enemies fall apart and disappear in a flash. All violence in the game is accompanied by bright flashes and fast-paced action.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. We hear from parents that this is a good game for very young players. "I started my son off with Sonic Mania, he really enjoyed that and the simple controls helped no end."

Our Game Pathways reveal how 5-year-olds play this game:


Sonic the Hedgehog usually costs £3.39 to £15.99. 

Sonic Mania

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

XBox Store Xbox One £3.39
Switch Store 2DS|3DS £4.49

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I

Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £4.49

Sonic the Hedgehog

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £4.49

Sonic the Hedgehog Classic

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Sonic the Hedgehog Accessibility Report documents 3 accessibility features:
On consoles, this series is be played with one stick for movement and one button. The one button performs different actions depending on which direction the stick is in when pressing the button. On mobile, the same applies, just instead with the touch screen. On mobile, the size of the on-screen joystick and button can be changed in the options.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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