Sonic Mania Review Roundup

sonic mania review

The latest Sonic game has arrived on PS4, Xbox One, Win and Nintendo Switch and the reviews are in.

Polygon – 7/10

“Sega has had a nightmarish time trying to rekindle the magic and majesty of its iconic mascot since the blue hedgehog’s peak in the ’90s. After the Genesis console faded, Sega went an entire hardware generation without a “proper” flagship Sonic release on the Saturn. With the jump to 3D in 1999’s Sonic Adventure, the series retained its flash, but something was fundamentally broken in the translation. While some fans defend the Sonic oeuvre from the Dreamcast onward, the series’ best days were behind it, reaching its absolute nadir with 2006’s disastrous Sonic the Hedgehog.”

IGN – 8.7/10

“He’s had his fair share of ups, downs, and loop-de-loops, but Sonic has proven to be one of gaming’s most beloved and enduring icons. With Sonic Mania, Sega brings Sonic back to his classic 2D sidescrolling roots, taking direct inspiration from the 16-bit games that originally propelled Sonic and friends to superstardom. Sonic Mania is proof that no matter how much time passes, great gameplay is always in style.” [Full Review]


“There’s an area in Sonic 2’s Chemical Plant Zone that still has me clutching my chest when I think of it. Tucked towards the end of the second act is a shaft filled with moving blocks, sliding around in clumps of four to create a precarious series of stairways. Nothing too horrendous in itself, but as you climb to the top the zone’s underlying ocean of toxic purple goop surges abruptly, flooding the shaft even as the door slams shut behind you. Is there any track in all of video game music more nightmarish than Sonic’s drowning countdown? And is there anything more dreadful, when you’re in the teeth of that music, than having to wrestle with the game’s underwater physics – wilting in horror as you graze a block by a pixel, precious seconds squandered as the blue blur drifts lazily to the platform beneath?” [Full Review]


“Sonic Mania is a celebration, a digitized block party of blistering speeds and bright worlds. Sega’s decision to hand their famous mascot over to fan creators and artists has paid massive dividends, creating a game that is not just a welcome return to form but a raucous, delightful experience.” [Full Review]

Gamespot – 9/10

“From the opening title’s splash screen, Sonic Mania’s presentation is intoxicating. Its colorful, retro 2D graphics and vibrant ’90s-inspired pop soundtrack is enough to make any Sega Genesis fan squeal in excitement. In this jointly developed game, Sega and members of the Sonic fan-hack community have created a loving homage to the blue hedgehog’s glory days. But Sonic’s latest outing isn’t only concerned with reminding you of his golden years; though it is decadent in this regard. Sonic Mania exceeds expectations of what a new game in the franchise can look and play like, managing to simultaneously be a charming celebration of the past and a natural progression of the series’ classic 2D formula.” [Full Review]