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  • Summary: Sonic Mania brings fans back into the 2D world of platform games with nostalgic pixel-style art and core "classic" gameplay by reimagining iconic Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles, and adding in completely new ZonesSonic Mania brings fans back into the 2D world of platform games with nostalgic pixel-style art and core "classic" gameplay by reimagining iconic Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles, and adding in completely new Zones with all-new Acts and boss fights into the mix. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 8, 2017
    100
    Sonic Mania is the culmination of a huge amount of work, from people peerlessly passionate about Sonic’s 2D games. Sega took a risk allowing outsiders to take the reins of their defining characteristics and it’s resulted in the best Sonic game in decades. It’s not perfect – there are occasional glitches, some people might find the crushing deaths and general difficulty of later levels a little off-putting – but as after being disappointed with many of Sega’s past attempts at following up Sonic’s early success, Mania did what I had almost given up hope on being possible. Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games have proven they absolutely understand what made Sonic great in the Mega Drive days and have modernised this essence for a modern audience with a follow-up worthy of standing with the best in the series.
  2. Aug 16, 2017
    100
    The game is bursting at the seams full of smart nostalgic references that hardcore fans would pick up on, while also managing to feel like a genuine new entry. Sonic Mania is not only everything fans of the classic Genesis games could have wanted and more, but it’s one of the best 2D platformers of this generation, and of all-time. It has taken awhile, but with Sonic Mania, the series is finally back in the club of truly remarkable and exemplary games.
  3. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Aug 24, 2017
    95
    The hype is real: Sonic Mania is the best Sonic the Hedgehog game since the Genesis days. [Issue #29, p. 17]
  4. Aug 15, 2017
    90
    Sonic Mania methodically uses its sentimental appeal to great effect, but in the process, it heals the wounds inflicted by its most disappointing predecessors and surpasses the series' best with its smart and interpretive design.
  5. 90
    Sonic Mania is a delightful return to the 2D platforming style that first made the hedgehog a star. The love from the development team for 16-bit Sonic is evident in every moment of the game. Fans of classic Sonic must buy this game, but the excellent level design, music, and graphics will please all people who enjoy a well-thought-out sidescroller.
  6. Aug 14, 2017
    85
    Exciting level design, a stellar soundtrack, and cool expansions on the original formula work in one accord to deliver the Sonic game fans have been waiting for.
  7. Aug 18, 2017
    60
    Sonic Mania is a love letter to fans of the franchise, who will no doubt lap it up. But it also feels like a missed opportunity to be what Sega has never achieved before: a truly great Sonic game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 198
  1. Aug 15, 2017
    10
    Sonic Mania should be praised not only for how awesome this game is but the context this project came out to existence. Sonic Mania is aSonic Mania should be praised not only for how awesome this game is but the context this project came out to existence. Sonic Mania is a product of love, a collaboration of long time sonic fans and SEGA. From Tyson Hesse animation to Tee Lopes soundtrack passing by Hyper Potion music for the trailers we can feel the passion this game tries to convey. Pagodawest, Headcanon and Christian whitehead did an amazing job of balancing the gameplay and gathering the memorable stages, bosses, gimmicks that we all loved in the 16 bit sonic era and put their own signature names on it.

    Sonic Mania is not only a celebration for Sonic fans but also to SEGA fans. This game is filled with Easter eggs and homages to what made SEGA beloved. Sonic Mania should be celebrated by all gamers not only because it's a very good game but also because it opens a new chapter in the gaming industry that companies like Valve used to practice and companies like Nintendo should be more lenient about (AM2R).

    Sonic Mania seems a portable friendly games which seems to be a perfect fit for the Nintendo switch. The small size of the game and its high replay value makes it a potential game that will never leave your switch drive.
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  2. May 17, 2018
    10
    I've been waiting for this game since Sonic and Knuckles came out. It's by far the best Sonic game ever, and the sequel fans of the Mega DriveI've been waiting for this game since Sonic and Knuckles came out. It's by far the best Sonic game ever, and the sequel fans of the Mega Drive games deserved. Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2017
    10
    This game is simply great. Sonic FINALLY is back. What SEGA has done hiring Christian Whitehead as a new developer has been great, hope theyThis game is simply great. Sonic FINALLY is back. What SEGA has done hiring Christian Whitehead as a new developer has been great, hope they dont fire it, but join him to Sonic Team. Expand
  4. Feb 26, 2018
    9
    This is the perfect Sonic game. For any fan of Sonic, or platformers in general, this is a must buy! The game has beautiful graphics, greatThis is the perfect Sonic game. For any fan of Sonic, or platformers in general, this is a must buy! The game has beautiful graphics, great bosses, an enthralling sense of exploration, a wonderful soundtrack, and the best collection of levels in the series, with new and old levels while adding a new twist on them. This game is only $20, and it’s definitely worth buying! Expand
  5. Nov 5, 2017
    9
    This is a true sequel to the original Sonic the Hedgehog trilogy. The physics are just right and the level design is what you would expect ofThis is a true sequel to the original Sonic the Hedgehog trilogy. The physics are just right and the level design is what you would expect of the era. Tee Lopes does a fantastic job with the soundtrack, my favorites being some of the boss themes. My only issues is that 4 out of the 12 zones are original and I would've loved to see more originality from this team that held many creative ideas. Expand
  6. Feb 3, 2021
    8
    Pretty good to be honest. Maybe not mind-blowing, but I can actually think of very little negative to say about this game. I think the game'sPretty good to be honest. Maybe not mind-blowing, but I can actually think of very little negative to say about this game. I think the game's appeal lies in not being more good, but in being less bad, which is fine. This is probably the most consistent Sonic game to date. Recommended. Expand
  7. Dec 7, 2019
    0
    buen juego clásico de sonic, lastima que sega mata cada vez mas la saga de sonic

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