Sonic Mania is the retro style rebirth of one of our favorite Iconic heroes of the 90s. Old school gamers remember the way the original title raised the bar for platformers, and will no doubt expect this version to cling tight to the awe-inspiring feel of its predecessors. Newer audiences will seek to experience what exactly it was about the great games of the 90s that would usher in the era of gaming as they know it today. This detailed Sonic Mania review will help you decide if this game accomplishes the goals it set out to achieve.
|Type of game:||2D Platformer with 3D elements|
|Developer:||Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, PagodaWest Games|
|Total Play Time:||5-8 hours|
|System Requirements:||CPU:Pentium 4 1.6GHz
GPU:DirectX 9.0c compliant video card 32MB
RAM: 8 GB
OS: Windows 7
HDD Space: 400 MB
The World of Sonic Mania
The overall environment of this release is heavily influenced by the franchises roots. The developers bring back nostalgic level design, Fantastic and familiar music, Iconic characters, along with the simplistic and memorable storylines. Let’s asses how they fared in their quest to revamp this once successful franchise, and look to see if the DLC for this title elevates the overall experience.
Atmosphere & Location
The design of the levels in Sonic Mania no doubt echoes every bit of intrigue, mystery, and wonder that the originals held. Upon being thrust into the very first level, you are immediately reminded of the that very first feeling you had when you fired up the game for the first time on the Sega Genesis. Don’t be alarmed however, there are plenty of twists and surprises that await you within, and well beyond Green Hill Zone.
The soundtrack boasts new music, and compliments the original score in the same breath. You’ll notice subtle differences to the tracks you remember, and find new and exciting tracks as well.
The visual effects stand the test of time in Sonic Mania. The clean, crisp back grounds blend well, giving the player new things to look at while at the same time refreshing the look and feel of the conventional series.
Drawing heavy inspiration from the first three titles released in the early 90s, Sonic Mania does not disappoint. Its legendary influence is the enticing factor used that draws its audience in, and is well implemented. If you’re looking to relive the thrill of the classic titles, this is no doubt the way to do it.
Sonic the Hedgehog has returned. This pure hearted, spiny hero continues his quest to conquer his arch nemesis Dr. Robotnic, and save his friends who have been captured by the evil scientist. Sonic retains all his characteristics in classic fashion, and has been ready to spring back into action as the story continues in this new and exciting chapter of his latest adventures. Sonics primary ability is speed, but he also has the power to turn into “Super Sonic” at critical moments in the storyline.
Tails who is also known as Miles, is the three-tailed side kick that has stuck with sonic through thick and thin since the second installment of the iconic hedgehog’s adventures. Tails has the ability to fly for short periods of time, and even carry his buddy sonic to new heights.
Knuckles is the guardian of the Master Emerald, and protector of the chaos emeralds is back as well. Having recently settled his differences with Sonic the hedgehog, Knuckles has become a true ally. With the ability to punch, dig, glide, and wall-climb, Knuckles has been useful in finding his way to areas of maps that were more difficult, if not impossible for other characters to reach.
Together, these three friends join forces once more and give the player a memorable ride through challenging gameplay, unforgettable encounters, and exciting mini-games.
Sonic has returned to thwart the plans of the vile Dr. Robotnic, AKA Egg Man. As usual, this sinister antagonist has harvested countless of Sonics furry friends and turned them into mindless robots on a mission to protect Egg Man’s mission and stop Sonic in his tracks. This time however, it’s much more than chaos emeralds and furry friends transformed into evil robots on the line.
A magical gemstone called the Phantom Ruby has been excavated by Egg Mans forces from the ruins of Angel Island, and has given Dr. Robotnics EggRobos new powers transitioning them into the dreaded “Hard-Boiled Heavies.” They send Sonic, Tales, and Knuckles back through places they had visited in previous installments of the series.
Players will explore these previously trotted lands, and discover new additions to them along the way.
This carefully crafted world is littered with secrets hidden paths, and treasures, which gives the product a high replay value. we also suggest making sure you collect all chaos emeralds along the way, as doing so will reward the player with the true ending to the story.
The storyline Immediately follows the events of the “Sonic the Hedgehog 3” and “Sonic and Knuckles” titles, and picks up the events without missing a beat. Perhaps the fact that it’s developers are fans of the original franchise, and were picked up by team sonic to develop this title because of their efforts on a fan made series of Sonic helps keep Sonic Mania true to Sonic lore.
DLC & Expansion Packs
Sonic Mania Plus is expected to be released this summer (2018) and will include additional playable characters, gameplay modes, and other customization options. The content will not be free for those who have already purchased the game. However the upgrade from those who have already purchased the game is not expected to cost more than those who will be purchasing the content for the first time in total. Some of the features include:
- Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel will be featured as playable characters.
- The Competition Mode will be expanded to allow up to four players.
- An “Encore Mode” will be added to the game, which will remix the Zones with visual changes.
- A save and playback function of speed run attempts.
- Optimization of difficulty for boss fights.
The reviews for this title have been high. Many reputable sources have given the title a 4.5 or 5-star rating, and we can’t say that we disagree with this judgment following our Sonic Mania review. Also, people who have purchased this game have left great reviews for it on their respective platforms as well. This game is not without its flaws, however. Some collision detection issues in the 3-dimensional minigames, various confusing paths, and certain areas that contain “a bit too much going on at once” have brought us to the conclusion that it deserves a 4.5 out of five stars. These faults shouldn’t discourage you from checking it out, however. Have you already played? Let us know in the comments if you enjoyed this title, or disliked it, and why. Tell us what you would like see mentioned in this Sonic Mania review!