• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2010
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 58 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 58
  2. Negative: 1 out of 58
  1. Nov 8, 2010
    85
    Sonic Colors is a dizzying combination of the distantly familiar memories of the first few Sonic titles combined with thoughtful new abilities and mostly well executed level design.
  2. Nov 12, 2010
    80
    Sonic Colours offers a mix of 3D action and classic Sonic side-scrolling with dazzling visuals and exhilarating platforming.
  3. Dec 15, 2010
    80
    Sonic Colors is a blast from start to finish. It's a shame that the game doesn't last much longer, but it does more things right than it does wrong.
  4. 84
    Colors is an apology for the werehog portions of Sonic Unleashed, and it's a very good one.
  5. Nov 9, 2010
    70
    Sonic Team's most recent Wii offering is evidence that it's attempting to claw its way out of a deep grave crammed with disappointing titles. Some diehard Sonic fans with unlimited patience may find enjoyment here, but the rest of us should pick up one of Sonic's fully 2D titles until they get it right.
  6. Nov 23, 2010
    70
    Thanks to the added dimension brought by the new powers and the slimmed down presentation, Sonic Colors is a fine example of a modern platforming title as well as the best 3D Sonic to come out in many years. It is the less-heralded of the two Sonic games to be released this year, but it is the one most deserving of a purchase.
  7. Nov 11, 2010
    80
    There are tried-and-tested action-game formulae in Sonic Colours, and while they're consistently well-executed, there's little inherently new or innovative on show. For me, Sonic Colours' pace and thrill-power overcome these concerns. It's a simple, neon-tinged blast of action gaming, and sometimes, that's all you really want.
  8. Nov 23, 2010
    90
    Sonic Colors is a fantastic game. Its greatest achievement is that one does not have to be a super-tolerant dyed-in-the-wool Sonic super fan to enjoy it or to forgive a laundry list of flaws.
  9. Nov 16, 2010
    83
    Despite some of the end-game content feeling designed to annoy the hell out of those who made it that far, the tally of cheap deaths can't detract from the facts: Sonic Colors is the best 3D Sonic game in ages.
  10. Jan 13, 2011
    85
    Sonic Colors is hands-down the best Sonic title to be released in nearly a decade, and definitely one of the best titles to hit the Wii in the past year.
  11. Nov 17, 2010
    86
    The best 3D Sonic of its generation and another step in the right direction. More please. [Christmas 2010, p.74]
  12. Nov 9, 2010
    70
    It both loves and hates the player, and this degree of love or hate depends on the type of player. Some could find its frustrations unforgiveable, while others will delight in its cornucopia of exploratory offerings.
  13. Nov 15, 2010
    85
    After many years of average games, Sega finally gets back on the tracks with Sonic Colors: everything the fans were hoping for is here, packed with gorgeous graphics and solid new game mechanics.
  14. Dec 22, 2010
    83
    While it does lack some of the polish of Nintendo's best, Sonic Colors is very, very good and offers enough truly unique features to sit at the table and hold its own. Welcome back, Sonic – we've missed you.
  15. Nov 9, 2010
    90
    We can say without hesitation than this is the best Sonic game for the Wii, and maybe the best Sonic 3D ever made.
  16. Nov 24, 2010
    60
    A collection of ideas executed with variable success, which at times coalesce to form an effective whole, and at others feel like flashy distractions from an otherwise unambitious central formula. [Christmas 2010]
  17. Jan 11, 2011
    80
    Not just the greatest Sonic game on the Wii, but also, arguably, of this generation. [Christmas 2010, p.100]
  18. Nov 9, 2010
    80
    Without the distractions of combat, hub worlds and pointless Wii-mote waggling, Sonic Team has been able to put all its efforts into creating a platformer Sonic fans can be proud of. The quality of the level design is what separates this from previous disappointments, and it's certainly better than that on show in Sonic 4.
  19. Oct 22, 2010
    90
    A fantastic game. Not just a step in the right direction, but an unequivocal success. In fact, it's the best entry in the series since the Blue Blur's 16-bit heyday. [Dec 2010, p.78]
  20. Nov 12, 2010
    82
    Sonic Colours is a worthy successor of the saga. It's the best 3D Sonic since the Dreamcast's games.
  21. Feb 2, 2011
    86
    If you have enjoyed previous Sonic games but were hesitant to pick this one up because of the most recent Sonic outings, worry no more. Sonic Colors is worth the price of admission.
  22. Nov 18, 2010
    85
    Sonic Colours is one of the big surprises on the Nintendo Wii this year. The package is really good and can only be recommended to all Sonic fans.
  23. Nov 15, 2010
    70
    Sonic Colours is Sega's first step in the right direction towards making a great Sonic game, but they're not quite there yet. This isn't the second coming of Sonic, but it's fun enough for kids and fans of the series.
  24. Nov 10, 2010
    88
    Sonic Colours is a worthy successor of the saga we have learned to love in the 90's. Quick and easy to master, the game brings a lot of fun and it's really enjoyable by all kind of players.
  25. Nov 13, 2010
    45
    Sonic Colors feels like a step right back into the same crap this series has drowned in for the past decade. If I had to pick a color for this game, it would be brown, for very obvious reasons.
  26. Nov 20, 2010
    80
    Sonic Colours is a beautiful and challenging game that both old Sonic-fans and newcomers will appreciate. The problems with Sonic and having freedom in three dimensions remain, but you'll soon forget those parts when you're flying through 2D-levels at full speed.
  27. Nov 17, 2010
    75
    SEGA has every right to be proud of Sonic Colours. The decent, yet simple gameplay makes it one of the best Sonic games in years.
  28. 80
    It does away with additional playable characters and gimmicks, instead focusing on refining the classic Sonic gameplay while adding a few twists of its own.
  29. Nov 9, 2010
    64
    Apart from a few brief glimpses of hope, Sonic Colors is a bit of a disappointment. Haphazard levels and unresponsive controls have been the bane of 3D Sonic games, and Colors does little to address these issues. It attempts to mask its shortcomings with shiny new trinkets that only briefly distract you from the glaring flaws.
  30. Nov 11, 2010
    70
    The road to Sonic's redemption is a long one, but this is a much surer step towards it than any other game in the last 15+ years.
  31. Nov 9, 2010
    90
    Sonic Colours embraces everything a SEGA fan could ever hope for or dream. Platforming has rarely been so fun and engaging.
  32. Nov 20, 2010
    90
    To call Sonic Colours the best 3D Sonic game ever is damning with faint praise, although its title is deserved. The action is fast enough to satisfy your speed lust, whilst the Wisp powers introduce plenty of new skills and ways to explore the stages that otherwise could just be straight zips to the finish.
  33. Nov 22, 2010
    89
    But if you're looking for a modern Sonic game which stays faithful to its roots, is fun to play and is a worthy title on its own merits, look no further. Finally, Sonic Colors is that game we've been waiting for.
  34. Nov 9, 2010
    86
    WiiWare's Sonic 4 may yet prove the bigger draw for fans, but it'll be a victory for hedgehogs past. True fans, those that really love and cherish the blue blur, should bet on Colours, because if Sonic is to have a future then that future starts here.
  35. Nov 12, 2010
    85
    The best Sonic so far for Nintendo's Wii, and probably also the best Sonic that we've played on this so-called 'next-gen'. Totally awesome.
  36. Won't top the classics or Sonic Adventure, but it's one of Sonic's best 3D outings in a decade.
  37. Nov 14, 2010
    70
    There is still work to be done on this series; the physics still need work and the difficulty still needs to be more carefully balanced. However, it's hard to hate any aspect of this game, even the parts that don't work so well, as it's the most successful attempt yet at recapturing the magic of the original games.
  38. 80
    Fast side-scrolling Sonic successfully combines the "classic" platformer with 3D action. Colorful environments and nice level design make new Sonic really catchy. [Issue#199]
  39. Nov 12, 2010
    80
    Sonic Colours is the best 3D Sonic since the Adventure iterations on the Dreamcast. Beautiful, nicely cinematic and with spectacular gameplay and level design, Sonic Colours is a big step in the right direction for the blue hedgehog. The Sonic Team was able to draw inspiration from the latest plumber's adventures from Nintendo to give new momentum to their character, and it's both a satisfaction and a relief to play with him again in such a satisfying way.
  40. 70
    Sonic Colours is by far the best Sonic game in ages with nice graphics, high speeds and fresh platforming ideas. Recommended for gamers of all ages.
  41. Jan 2, 2011
    76
    Sonic Colors is a refreshing step in the right direction after years of disappointing titles.
  42. Dec 22, 2010
    76
    It's a delightful mix and, while occasionally stumbling, a great step in the right direction.
  43. Nov 19, 2010
    70
    The latest game featuring Sonic is a mixed experience. It's the best Sonic-game since the 2D Sonic games and it's a fast, beautiful game with a lot of great levels that you can play many times over and over. But the controls can cause quite some problems and the multiplayer part isn't as good as it could have been.
  44. Nov 29, 2010
    83
    It is artful, fun, and well-made.
  45. Nov 22, 2010
    80
    Perfect for old-school Sonic fans.
  46. Nov 9, 2010
    60
    Not great enough to bring Sonic back to the pantheon of heroes from platform games, Sonic Colours is still a pleasant game which maybe lack a bit of originality and substance.
  47. Nov 23, 2010
    80
    Sonic Colours is one of the best 3D Sonic games to date, the best Sonic the Hedgehog game on Wii and certainly a strong contender for Super Mario Galaxy's crown.
  48. Nov 10, 2010
    80
    To say that this game comes as a surprise would be an enormous understatement. Sonic fans, I know it's hard to believe, but there's a reason to believe again.
  49. 70
    The steering lacks precision, and the quality of the level design is a bit wobbly at times. But Sonic Colours still surprises with its quality, and it seems that Sega and Team Sonic have finally understood what makes a good, modern Sonic game. One of the strongest Sonic games in ages.
  50. Nov 26, 2010
    70
    Colors is a definite improvement on Sonic Unleashed. By no means is Colors the 3D Sonic you've been waiting for, but if you can get through all the frustration, there is a lot of fun to be had in this package.
  51. Nov 28, 2010
    60
    Niggles aside, Sonic Colours is a step in the right direction, albeit a well overdue one and is for the most part an entertaining ride. It's just a shame that the domineering conclusion from the final product is promise, still leaving us waiting for the definitive 3D Sonic title.
  52. Nov 9, 2010
    80
    A long overdue return to form, with a focus on what made Sonic fun in the first place. He's always been fast, but it's good to finally see him speeding in the right direction.
  53. Dec 2, 2010
    80
    Despite the gimmicks, shallow story Sonic Colours is one of the stronger Sonic games SEGA has brought us in recent times. Providing gamers with a fantastic looking retro dose of Sonic action thats hard not to like, it's a Sonic game for the "Sonic" generation!
  54. Nov 11, 2010
    60
    Sonic Colours never feels like a world you want to hang out in. There are smart ideas and neat challenges here, but in the end there's probably too much stuff and the untidy interface makes it hard to get at the goodies.
  55. Nov 28, 2010
    80
    Sega proves that they still have what it takes to make a Sonic title that feels fun, fresh and quite frankly fantastic, here's hoping that they can replicate this success in the future.
  56. Jan 2, 2011
    89
    Whether you are a fan or not the hedgehog, take a chance and see if this is more a title of "Sonic cycle".
  57. Nov 18, 2010
    70
    A giant leap forward for Sega's mascot. It represents the first time in more than a decade that I have enjoyed a Sonic game.
  58. Nov 18, 2010
    80
    It's taken multiple console generations, various rebuilds of Sonic Team and more miserably failed experiments than Eggman's R&D department, but it's finally here: a Sonic game worthy of genuine praise.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 187 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 78
  2. Negative: 2 out of 78
  1. Nov 16, 2010
    9
    I can't be too critical of this game, compared to the quality of Sonic games in years past, Sonic Colors paints the way forward for a new generation of 3D sonic games. The game uses the camera smartly, and transitions from 2D mode to 3D are actually VERY creative (like in one part, sonic will do a 270 degree turn around a fountain to shift from 2D to 3D), which if you remember Sonic Heroes, yeah, you won't have those issues here. The Wisps are used well, they don't seem underused or overused to me. Why? Because Sonic is supposed to be a fast blue blur for most of the action, not using some weird gimmick 75% of the time. The levels are well... beautiful. They are easily some of the best graphics a Wii game has ever seen. Gameplay wise, it has a few knots here and there (hence a non-perfect rating), Ive gotten trapped in an area once before requiring restart, and some of the pitfalls were rather... cheap, but aside from that, this game has great appeal to any Sonic fan young or old. Full Review »
  2. Nov 16, 2010
    10
    It's a mixture of 3D awesomeness and 2D action adding some catchy music and a difficulty that really challenges your stuff. Buying this game would be the right choice for any Sonic fan. Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2010
    10
    This game is just plain epic! When Sonic Colors was first announced, I was nervous about this game and thought it would just be another failure of a Sonic game....if I had a time-travel machine, I would go back to that day and slap myself in the face just because of how wrong I was. Gameplay wise, this game is like the daytime stages of Sonic Unleashed, but improved a lot. I never had any camera issues, the shift from 3D to 2D and vice versa is very smooth, the level design is beautiful and very creative, the controls are excellent and responsive, and the wisps add a large amount of replay value to the game. The music in the game is fantastic and even gets me humming to it at times. The graphics are beautiful, SEGA and Sonic Team really pushed the limit on the Wii's hardware for this game (how do they do this?) And last, but not least, the voice acting is awesome, and really makes all the characters really show their personalities and not make them seem like lifeless zombies. In conclusion, this game is a must-buy for anyone who is a Sonic fan. Even if you aren't a Sonic fan, but own a Wii, you should definitely buy this, because it is just too good to miss! Full Review »