Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 70 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
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  1. games(TM)
    Sep 8, 2017
    70
    Ultimately this all amounts to - hold on to your trousers, because this'll shock you - a genuinely good Sonic the Hedgehog game. Yes, in 2017. That this exists at all after so many failed attempts is impressive, but the fact that it's really good is a bloody miracle. [Issue#191, p.75]
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    70
    Sonic Mania is a brief yet charming tribute to the haydays of the series. Still, the developers holds its source material in such reverence that surprises or new gameplay elements are kept at a bare minimum.
  3. Aug 14, 2017
    70
    It took two decades and change, but a team of developers has shown they understand what made the old Sonic games great with Sonic Mania, even if nostalgia is sometimes too much of a driving force.
  4. Aug 14, 2017
    70
    Sonic Mania brings Sonic and friends back to the series' 2D roots successfully but also reminds us of many of the issues with early 90s 2D platformers. Longtime Sonic fans will no doubt find some value here, but everyone else is better off playing more modern takes on the genre.
  5. Aug 14, 2017
    60
    At its best, Sonic Mania makes classic zones from past Sonic the Hedgehog games feel unpredictable again.
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  1. Aug 14, 2017
    Sonic Mania comes packed with enough delicious, best-in-series goodness for any self-proclaimed Sonic fan to buy it immediately, with the caveat of a few bugs in the near term. Lesser series fans should tread carefully between those bugs and the pacing issues mentioned above.
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    What's old has become new, and Sonic is once again the star he was supposed to be. [Essential]
  3. Aug 14, 2017
    Sonic’s early days stressed his supposedly edgy attitude and speed, traits meant to differentiate him from the slower, more deliberate Mario. But it was never really about attitude or speed. Sonic Mania clearly articulates Sonic’s true appeal: Sonic is pure joy, a spinning ball of fun blazing a trail towards the next adventure.
  4. Aug 15, 2017
    All of this is just a fancy way of saying Sonic Mania is probably the best Sonic ever made.
  5. Aug 14, 2017
    After years of forgettable games and aborted reboots, Sonic Mania is exactly what the franchise needs. It shows you why you loved Sonic in the first place — and it’s a chance for a whole new generation to discover that feeling.
  6. Aug 14, 2017
    It's so much fun to encounter these new features, and see how seamlessly integrated they are with the old school style. This really does feel like an older Sonic game that's been given proper consideration, with thoughtful level design that encourages wild leaps of faith, and characteristic speed. And then many happy returns, with different characters, to plumb away at the game's secrets.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 589 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 589
  1. Aug 15, 2017
    10
    Best Sonic game in years. This is the perfect game for Sonic fans and new-comers to the franchise. Great level design, beautiful retroBest Sonic game in years. This is the perfect game for Sonic fans and new-comers to the franchise. Great level design, beautiful retro inspired graphics, and amazing music make this the Sonic game you can not miss. Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2017
    5
    Sonic Mania is a sonic game made for sonic fans. That means that if you never enjoyed sonic like me you are not likely to enjoy this game,Sonic Mania is a sonic game made for sonic fans. That means that if you never enjoyed sonic like me you are not likely to enjoy this game, this game has amazing music and sprites, every world feels new and different and the boss fight is pretty cool. But the problem I have always had with sonic remains, you are too fast to avoid anything when you are rolling and area that requires tight platforming is very frustrating due to sonic being super slippery. Overall, just because this is the best sonic game in a long time does not make it a good game to me, and if you didn't like sonic before this isn't going to change your mind, so dont buy into the hype unless you are a hardcore sonic fan. Full Review »
  3. Aug 15, 2017
    10
    I don't need Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball, I literally creamed myself over this game. Now I need to hot glue the collector's edition Sonic figurine.