Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
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  1. Oct 18, 2013
    This game is even better on handheld than on console. Sonic looks amazing.
  2. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World is a fun and easy experience, with a good level design and an excellent attention to detail. This is one of the best portable Sonic games since the times of the unlucky Neo Geo Pocket.
  3. Nov 25, 2013
    While some infrequent instances of poor game design prevent the game from being an absolute success, it's still a very worthy entry in the Sonic franchise that can keep up with and, in some areas, even surpass its home console counterpart.
  4. Oct 22, 2013
    The first true-3D Sonic handheld game is an entertaining piece of software, despite some camera issues and collision detection problems.
  5. Oct 21, 2013
    Considering how disappointed we were with Generations, Lost World is the Sonic game 3DS deserved. The wealth of tricky environments, hidden items and even four-person races for ambitious players make it a worthwhile purchase, even at $39.99.
  6. Oct 18, 2013
    I never thought I'd type these words into a video game website, but here goes... Sonic Lost World is a very good 3D Sonic game and you should buy it immediately.
  7. Oct 18, 2013
    There are faults, however, such as a few terrible design decisions that can make things incredibly frustrating on occasion. However, if you can get past those issues, you’ll see a game that picks some of the best elements of modern and classic Sonic games and combines them with new elements to make the Blue Blur feel fresh again.
  8. A worthy companion to the Wii U version, it's a very good game and an interesting take on handheld 3D platforming, something still in short supply on 3DS.
  9. Oct 22, 2013
    Despite the big problems with the control system, the intriguing level design of Sonic Lost World makes it an excellent platform.
  10. Nov 8, 2013
    Sonic fans will have a great time and 3DS owners should take a look at this ambitious title.
  11. Oct 31, 2013
    In conclusion, Sonic Lost World is an above average game on the 3DS that unfortunately has a few issues with the control system which sometimes challenges the gamer when the clues or pathways are not that clear in the gaming world.
  12. Oct 18, 2013
    It isn't as spectacular as the Wii U version of the game, but it's more true to the Sonic gameplay and even more fun in terms of control and variety.
  13. Oct 22, 2013
    Sonic’s sensation of speed is mostly intact and most stages look impressive, but Sonic: Lost World stumbles due to poor level design.
  14. Dec 13, 2013
    While Sonic Lost World isn’t a terrible game, I feel as though Sega missed the mark quite a bit here. The controls are very touchy and at times downright horrible, the auto-target feature can get you into trouble with the homing attack, and the novelty of the Special Stages wears off quickly.
  15. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World on 3DS is a double faced beast: interesting and enjoyable at first, frustrating and boring later. Sometimes it's even difficult to understand what's happening on the screen, other times everything works as intended. Nothing less, nothing more.
  16. Oct 18, 2013
    After some good portable experiences, Sonic returns with a very weak game, with many design-related issues, and offering a game that only those Sonic fans willing to forgive all its problems will enjoy.
  17. Nov 3, 2013
    Sonic: Lost World is yet another disappointment considering the premise and games it was pulling ideas from.
  18. Oct 18, 2013
    Again, it’s a shame, because there’s good here, but it’s often buried beneath a quagmire of frustration...So, yes, this is a better game than its more powerful counterpart, but Lost World on the 3DS, despite a few excellent asides, remains a largely average, occasionally frustrating outing for Sonic. Again.
  19. Oct 29, 2013
    Sonic Lost World on 3DS is a good Sonic game. While it doesn’t reach the same heights as Sonic Generations or the Wii U racer Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed, it’s certainly better than where the franchise was headed just a few years ago.
  20. 55
    Sonic Lost World is filled with many missteps that make it disappointing. Instead of being a good Sonic game, it is just a below average 3D platformer. Despite his speed, the blue blur could not keep up with anyone’s expectations of the game, nor be entertaining in his own right.
  21. Oct 29, 2013
    Nintendo’s handheld systems used to be the last refuge for quality Sonic titles, but the series’ awful 3D gameplay has infected that lineage with Sonic Lost World. This portable version of Sonic’s latest adventure hits the same sour notes as the recent console games, while maintaining the subpar side-scrolling feel established in the 3DS version of Sonic Generations.
  22. Oct 29, 2013
    What could be a fluid experience and well organized in terms of design, gives place to a number of gaps and inconsistencies that prevent the game to achieve the desired success.
  23. Oct 25, 2013
    Even with the promise of challenging friends in races or posting ever-improving time scores, Sonic Lost World is instantly forgettable. Every once in a while a title comes around that acts as a yardstick for what we can consider to be truly “Mediocre”. It just so happens that Sonic Lost World is perfectly suited for this role
  24. Oct 21, 2013
    Despite Dimps' technical prowess, this portable version doesn't manage to emulate its Wii U counterpart, the extended length of the levels underlying its issues rather than developing the overall experience in a mobile way.
  25. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World on Nintendo 3DS starts as an enjoyable ride which lasts until technical problems, a mediocre design and some really frustrating gameplay elements come up and crash the party.
  26. Oct 18, 2013
    In trying to incorporate 3D environments and ideas from the Wii U title, Dimps has rather tied Sonic's red boots together, causing him to often stumble and fall.
  27. Oct 18, 2013
    The result is a game that’s passable in both sense of the word. Passable as in ‘it’s alright and not completely broken’ but also, ‘you’ll probably want to pass on this one’.
  28. Oct 18, 2013
    Unfortunately, Lost World tries to pack in so many mechanics that it suffocates the rapid-fire platforming segments, which are breathless when all the mechanics are suited to Sonic.
  29. Games Master UK
    Nov 27, 2013
    Great potential squandered by unimaginative level design and cheap mechanical failings. [Christmas 2013, p.82]
  30. games(TM)
    Nov 14, 2013
    The combat ideas are awfully implemented. [Issue#141, p.108]
  31. Nov 5, 2013
    Sonic: Lost World on the 3DS is a flawed, disappointing game that unlike its Wii U sibling you should definitely avoid.
  32. Oct 18, 2013
    It fails as a 2D sidescroller, it fails as a 3D platformer, and on a system that has no short supply of absolutely amazing examples of both of those genres, Sonic Lost World is absolutely inexcusable.
  33. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic: Lost World doesn't respect its past or its potential for change. But worse, it disrespects the players it depends upon. Lost World's variety and ideas are impressive, but when I can't depend on running, jumping and hopping on enemies to work, each new wrinkle added on top of that just feels like a chore.
  34. Oct 21, 2013
    Sega obviously tried to emulate aspects of Super Mario Galaxy or other 3D Mario games to make this leap in the Sonic series, but Sonic: Lost World suffers with each “feature” they have added to the Sonic’s successful formula: running and jumping.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 180 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 180
  2. Negative: 51 out of 180
  1. Oct 31, 2013
    I like this game. The sonic haters only excuse is "OMG SANIC IZ TOO SLOWWW" people call this a galaxy rip off, but sega came up with theI like this game. The sonic haters only excuse is "OMG SANIC IZ TOO SLOWWW" people call this a galaxy rip off, but sega came up with the galaxy like gameplay first. Face it hater retards. This game rocks Full Review »
  2. Oct 29, 2013
    Seriously, this game is just awesome. Considering 3DS limits, it looks GREAT and runs smoothly. Controls are the best of a 3D Sonic game sinceSeriously, this game is just awesome. Considering 3DS limits, it looks GREAT and runs smoothly. Controls are the best of a 3D Sonic game since Adventure (better even!). And levels are the longest I've played in a Sonic game ever (more than Wii U's version) and have a lot of new good ideas and variety.

    For me is a 10. But if you think 10 is just too much, at least I think it should get better mark than Generations from 3DS, which was very disappointing compared to its major version. And this time this hasn't happened (and it is even said to be better in this case).
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  3. Nov 4, 2013
    This game brings Sonic back, Is one of the sharpest looking games on the 3DS, and yes, it's awesome.
    The blue guy has been through a lot of
    This game brings Sonic back, Is one of the sharpest looking games on the 3DS, and yes, it's awesome.
    The blue guy has been through a lot of hate in the past years, but I really think this time he finally made it.
    I totally recommend this game, and would ignore critics from people who haven't even tried it yet.
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