Sonic Mania (Series) Review

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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @sonic_hedgehog

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete. Sonic Mania takes this long, although Sonic games vary in length.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

ESRB EVERYONE with mild cartoon violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


 


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