Sonic and the Secret Rings Wii

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  • Summary: The game opens as Sonic is mysteriously transported to the world of The Arabian Nights where he encounters a mystical genie, Shahra. Shahra pleads with Sonic to save her world from the powerful evil genie, Erazor Djinn. As the story unfolds, Erazor confronts Sonic and pulls him into his evilThe game opens as Sonic is mysteriously transported to the world of The Arabian Nights where he encounters a mystical genie, Shahra. Shahra pleads with Sonic to save her world from the powerful evil genie, Erazor Djinn. As the story unfolds, Erazor confronts Sonic and pulls him into his evil plans. Sonic has a limited time to deliver Erazor the seven World Rings and save the storybook world. Navigating a world full of obstacles and enemies, from Erazor’s genie minions to dinosaurs, players use a bevy of core moves to keep up the pace. Holding the Wii Remote horizontally, players tilt the controller left and right to control Sonic's signature speed. They jump, perform sliding stops, pull off wicked homing attacks with a snap of the controller, and even walk backwards with a tilt of the Wii Remote. Players also hop aboard winged pots and fly with a vigorous shake of the controller. They launch themselves from catapults with a whip of the Wii Remote, surf through rapids on tree trunks and even pilot flying carpets in the race to restore this storybook world before all is lost. Players navigate 100 missions within eight wildly varied worlds, gaining new moves and abilities along the way. As players progress through the game, Sonic's abilities can be strategically equipped based on the demands of the mission ahead. From a boost called Speed Break to an ability called Time Break that slows the world around him to a near stop, Sonic needs every trick in the book to make sure Erazor Djinn stays in the storybook world. In addition to the single player adventure, Sonic and the Secret Rings offers 40 mini-games that support up to four players. Showcasing the abilities of the Wii Remote, players will use the controller as a violin bow, an ax, a canoe paddle and dozens of other motions to compete in these easy to pick-up-and-play games. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
  1. It has points where you must grind for levels much like an RPG. It’s also not for people with short attention spans, and its difficulty at times (just a touch below Sonic Riders’s learning curve—you’ll have to practice stages over and over to get them right) makes it not for people who give up at challenging games easily (poor folks). Still, none of these points makes this entry any less valid.
  2. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    81
    By no means perfect, but it's still a fantastic game that finally gives the blue blazer the sort of fast-paced, slick action he deserves. It's tricky to master but once you do it really shines. [Mar 2007, p.62]
  3. Games Master UK
    80
    Sonic finally delivers what the fans have been waiting for - simple, speedy action! [Apr 2007, p.68]
  4. The missions provide plenty of challenge with a steep learning curve and little forgiveness. Even the multiplayer provides a decent demonstration of what the WiiMote can do. The only truly awful aspects come with the horrendously crafted controls and camera.
  5. Because of their speedy nature, Sonic games really necessitate fresh surroundings, and especially in an on-rails game, different locales help to give the feeling that you’re actually progressing. Unfortunately, because of that these forced challenge levels work against the game, and that’s a shame, because otherwise Sonic and the Secret Rings may have very well been that comeback game Sonic has desperately needed.
  6. 60
    One of the first fun Sonic experiences in some time. The overall experience of navigating through Sonic and the Secret Rings doesn't manage to bring the series back to glory, but at least it gives it some life.
  7. 40
    Loose controls and repeating levels marred what could have been a break out hit for a series that desperately needed one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 71
  2. Negative: 22 out of 71
  1. Nov 6, 2013
    10
    This was my first Sonic Wii game ever. I had tons of fun, playing multiplayer with my youngest brother and going through the eight levels andThis was my first Sonic Wii game ever. I had tons of fun, playing multiplayer with my youngest brother and going through the eight levels and fighting the bosses. The upgrading process is cool. I love this game and I always will. Go Sonic. Expand
  2. CarlosA.
    Feb 29, 2008
    9
    this game remember me when I play the donkey kong country series on the snes. A new game different than other sonic games like the repetitive this game remember me when I play the donkey kong country series on the snes. A new game different than other sonic games like the repetitive sonic heroes and sonic the hedgehog 2006. We need more games of this kind to renew sonic popularity considering that sega have to use all the wii hardware for a exclusive version, not multiplattform games and mediocre graphics. Expand
  3. Nov 14, 2010
    8
    By Far my favorite sonic game this generation, it took many aspects of SEGA as a whole to create a wonderful experience. For Once in a sonicBy Far my favorite sonic game this generation, it took many aspects of SEGA as a whole to create a wonderful experience. For Once in a sonic game, The Cast of Characters was insignificant allowing room for more focus on the gameplay of the one playable character, Sonic, to be frank who hasn't had such a game since Sonic 3D blast over 10 years ago. The StoryBook team seemed to take a radically different approach here; choosing to use corporate history rather than mascot history in it's development. The On-rails arcade action was in my eyes a vast improvement for the sonic series considering many of the 3D games coming before it. The Added RPG element however was a bit of a hindrance, although finally achieving that sonic speed is an effort well earned while playing through the game. Another plus in it's lineup were the visuals in which for the time, were stellar from a 3rd party company. The cut-scenes although not CGI, added to the story element of the game, which for me was for all the better. The one MAJOR roadblock in the game for many players was the bi-polar difficulty encountered progressively through the game. If your looking for a better than average sonic game, with a bit of challenge, this is your game. Expand
  4. JamesH.
    Mar 5, 2007
    6
    Gameplay wise, its on to something, but as an individual who hasn't played a sonic game since the genesis I've come to find how Gameplay wise, its on to something, but as an individual who hasn't played a sonic game since the genesis I've come to find how much sonic has changed for the worse. More enjoyable with the sound off unless your still of the "Saturday morning cartoon" age. Maybe I missed something but does every Wii game have to have difficult controls? The worse part is that the controls aren't even interesting, they could easily be implemented on a normal controller. Why is backing up so hard for you sonic? If your over 15, your probably too old for this game. Nintendo really should try make their games more bearable for the "hit puberty and older" crowd. Expand
  5. JamesH
    Nov 18, 2007
    5
    Wow, where do I begin. I own and love every other 3-d sonic game invented so far, but this one seems like just another attempt to include theWow, where do I begin. I own and love every other 3-d sonic game invented so far, but this one seems like just another attempt to include the wii's "innovative" control design into an already loved game that results in failure. Even the story is no good. During the opening cut scene I pretty much sat there with my mouth wishing it would end. And also, half the levels don't even pertain to the stupid story! Why do I have to go back through the same level and break 5 jars? and more importantly why do I have to go back through the level AGAIN but this time without breaking any jars??? Controls are clunky, and personally when I play wii games with the wii remote held sideways I usually hold facing towards me slightly, so in this game half the time I'm going backwards. Bottom line: 2 hours in, I quit playing and went and did my pre-calc homework. The one thing I do admire is the visuals, and it does occupy your time if you're bored. Expand
  6. Jan 26, 2012
    4
    History is really no big deal. Not terrible, but more bad than good. Gameplay is bad compared to other good Sonic games. It's quite repetitiveHistory is really no big deal. Not terrible, but more bad than good. Gameplay is bad compared to other good Sonic games. It's quite repetitive and boring. If the game had cutscenes, it would be a little bit more involving, but no, they decided to make it with pictures, and that sucks. Resuming: The game has a bad history, it's quite repetitive and not involving. Expand
  7. JonS.
    Apr 23, 2007
    0
    You basically hold the wiimote sideways and tilt it left and right to turn, then thrust it forward to jump. The clever developers put steps You basically hold the wiimote sideways and tilt it left and right to turn, then thrust it forward to jump. The clever developers put steps at the end of platforms to stop you walking off, but that would have been preferable to walking up to the step to jump, thrusting forward, hitting the step and not jumping. Because of the tilt turn mechanism, sonic has the turing circle of Africa, (and no reverse) so he falls of the side of the platform as you try to go back and have another go. When you do repeat the section you then over compensate and jump far too early so Sonic doesnt make any of the the longer jumps. over and over. Then you have to attack enemies by the use of the same thrusting gesture. 'Wait til the target goes Red then thrust' it tells you as you walk past the fucker and its not turned red from green and thats if you can see the fucking target. Fight and jump the same movement? WTF Not a game in any way shape or form, just a series of shitty frustrations only made worse by the completly piss poor use of the wiimote as any kind of control device. I honestly dont know how anyone associated with this can sleep at night with the knowledge that they made this game or even think it would be a good idea to release it. i cant give it any kind of rating, but i have to so it got a big fat Zero Expand

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#7 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#12 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007