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Video Game Sonic the Hedgehog Review
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) 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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Sonic the Hedgehog 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.

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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.


This game is good if you want to:

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

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Traversal game with Collecting, Fighting and Platform elements. This is a single-player game.

This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:


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.

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 Level

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

XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Switch Store Switch £15.99
Steam Store PC Free

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

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

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I

Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £4.49 Unavailable On Digital Store

Sonic the Hedgehog

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £4.49 Unavailable On Digital Store
App Store Mac Coming Soon

Sonic the Hedgehog Classic

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

DetailsGame Details

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

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

Coming Soon: Mac

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Traversal (Collecting, Fighting and Platform)

Accessibility: 3 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Sonic hedgehog (@Sonic_hedgehog)

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