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  • Summary: Sonic Mania Plus is the definitive retail enhanced version of the original Sonic Mania's digital release, presented in a pristine collectible physical release. The encore pack is a $5 upgrade fee for owners of the original game.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jul 16, 2018
    Really, no matter how you look at it, Sonic Mania is a huge success and Sonic Mania Plus is a celebration of that success thanks to smart physical edition design and items and valuable new in-game content. At only $30, it’s a superb deal and a release I would recommend be on anyone’s short list of must-haves.
  2. Jul 16, 2018
    Sonic Mania was the perfect homage to the classic hedgehog games. Plus version adds two new characters, 4 player coop split screen, new game modes and a great physical edition, so it gets even better.
  3. Jul 16, 2018
    Sonic Mania Plus cranks the game up to eleven with its new content and it is a must-play for fans of the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2D platformers.
  4. Jul 23, 2018
    Simply put, even if you've never played a Sonic game, you'll still have a ton of fun within the exciting world of Sonic Mania Plus.
  5. Jul 17, 2018
    Sonic Mania Plus is an excellent game made for fans by fans.
  6. Aug 23, 2018
    Those looking for more Sonic could do far worse than this title, but don’t expect the extras to live up to the lofty standards set by Mania Mode.
  7. Jul 10, 2018
    For only a $5 upgrade fee, they get all of those warm fuzzy feelings but with two great new characters and a small handful of remixed content that doesn’t quite break the bank nor provide a ton of value. However, the early 1990s infrastructure that the game prides itself on hasn’t aged quite as gracefully and, while it still has plenty of charm, it doesn’t fit in as elegantly with the current 2018 era that it’s being released in.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Aug 20, 2018
    Just a classic game in a physical disc........... a must have..........................................
  2. Jul 17, 2018
    Astonishing package, this is certainly the best Sonic game of all time, congrats Christian Whitehead and the team.
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sonic was good. Sonic Mania Plus is a very good Sonic game at all. IGN needs to stop saying Sonic was never good. Keep your criticism to yourself. Shut up and interview. Expand
  4. Jul 18, 2018
    This game is literally perfection, and all a fan of the genesis era Sonic games could ever dream of.
  5. Jul 30, 2018
    Probably my favorite platformer of all time and definitely the best Sonic game out there even better than the originals.
  6. Jun 12, 2019
    Sonic is a franchise I've ALWAYS wanted to talk about. My childhood revolved around Sonic in many different ways to the point I can say withSonic is a franchise I've ALWAYS wanted to talk about. My childhood revolved around Sonic in many different ways to the point I can say with confidence it improved my life way more than any other franchise has. As a fan of both Classic and Modern, this game was right up my alley. Despite reading about them all the time in Archie comics, this was the first time I really payed attention to Mighty and Ray. Now, what I'm about to say may sound insane, but bear with me. Sonic Mania Plus is not, in fact, the best Sonic game. Of course, while it improved everything we all loved about Classic Sonic, I really need to nitpick in one specific area. I'm not sure if it's just me, but both special stages (Blue Spheres and Catch the UFO) are mercilessly difficult and drove me to the point that I thought Mania Plus was actually bad. Of course I'm aware Mania is amazing and it's possible I just lost my touch, but playing other classic Sonic titles, I never had this much trouble with the special stages. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and these special stages are no exception. The satisfaction of overcoming it is a feeling that will stick with you for a good while after. Despite its difficulty the stages are colorful and the music is above and beyond. Even if I'm certain my next attempt will end in failure, I still find myself looking for the giant special rings. Sonic Mania Plus also has two player VS, which only improves this almost perfect game. Wether you're looking for a nostalgia trip, or you want to prove your Nintendo obsessed friend wrong about Sonic never being good, Mania Plus is your best bet. Again, my only real issues lie in the difficulty of the Special Stages. I can't recommend this gem enough. Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2018
    Why did I want to play this game?

    I have never played a Sonic game before but obviously being around video games for 25 years, I have heard
    Why did I want to play this game?

    I have never played a Sonic game before but obviously being around video games for 25 years, I have heard a ton about Sonic. I mostly heard bad things about the franchise but then this game came out and I heard universal praise. I figured this game is the perfect game to finally give Sonic a try.

    What did I not like about it?

    I know how stupid this makes me sound but I just don't get the game. I understand the core of always be running and always move to the right. But first off, it's so jarring when you lose momentum but then there is also the issue of all of these multiple paths and none of it feels fun or rewarding. I just don't get it. Sonic is not for me.

    How much time did I put into it?

    I put about 3 or 4 into the game, it was enough for me to know that this isn't for me.

    Will I try it again at some point?

    No, I'm good. I will let Sonic fans have this one and I will stay far away from this franchise.

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