• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 29, 2013
  • Also On: 3DS, PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 64 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 64
  2. Negative: 9 out of 64
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  1. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World is a great platform game. SEGA did a great job creating a brilliant level design and mashing up the best elements from Colors and Generations. This is a solid Wii U exclusive which, along with Rayman Legends, can easily sell the Nintendo console to platformers lovers.
  2. 90
    Its best moments feel like the first accurate representation of classic 2D Sonic gameplay in three dimensions.
  3. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World is a wonderful addition to the Sonic legacy and one of the best exclusive titles on the Wii U. It harks back to the classic days of gaming that got me into video games in the first place, a time when developers aimed to challenge players rather than guide their hand through a movie experience.
  4. Games Master UK
    Nov 27, 2013
    The best true Sonic in years. [Christmas 2013, p.83]
  5. Nov 7, 2013
    Lost World looks incredible, sounds great, and is a must-have for anyone seeking a completely new Sonic experience in 3D with some 2D sprinkled in for good measure.
  6. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World is beautifully brutal. More important, however, is that it’s a worthy addition to Sega’s most beloved franchise.
  7. Nov 12, 2013
    Sonic Lost World doesn't have a good story and requires a lot of adaptations to the controls. But it is a excellent game, fun, addicting, varied, with ingenious boss battles and is full of content.
  8. Oct 31, 2013
    It may be a departure from previous titles, but Sonic Lost World is an enjoyable new take on the Speedster.
  9. Oct 22, 2013
    Sonic Lost World is the ideal title for those seeking an immediate and funny platform meanwhile waiting for a new Mario.
  10. Oct 21, 2013
    It isn't perfect, Sonic never was. But if you accept it for what it is, you'll find this to be a very fresh new take on the famous hedgehog.
  11. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic is back. This game is absolutely amazing on the Wii U and it keeps you busy for hours.
  12. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World is certainly not a Sonic-themed Mario Galaxy. Yet, this is the most advanced and most comprehensive Sonic of the last years. Those who expected a masterpiece will probably be disappointed, but this time what we got is - at least - a good game.
  13. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World is a gorgeous game and a really enjoyable Sonic game. Sonic Team goes back to the roots of the hedgehog, while exploring new ways to keep him running and exploring like never before. Too bad there's some really annoying moments and the Wisp powers are boring and inconsistent.
  14. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic: Lost World is a fresh and unique take on Sega's mascot that recaptures everything that was great about his 2D adventures, rights the wrongs of his 3D outings, and takes him into uncharted territory.
  15. It won't be giving Mario any restless nights, but this is a far better balanced proposition than the 'hog's Wii output and is solid fun throughout.
  16. Oct 18, 2013
    The finest Sonic game in years, a riot of ideas that at times approaches the quality of Nintendo EAD's work. It may not provide much insight into where games are heading, but as a Sonic-themed celebration of the past few years, it's a surprising delight.
  17. Oct 18, 2013
    Even though the hedgehog’s deceleration is a resounding success, that precision in gameplay is hindered by a temperamental homing attack and subsequent cheap deaths. That aside, though, Sonic Lost World is unquestionably a return to form and a reason to care again – thankfully without the rose-tinted specs.
  18. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World feels like a Sonic game, works like a Mario game, and feels totally at home on the Wii U as a result. With the most convincing 3D Sonic gameplay by some margin, it’ll no doubt be looked back on as the game that aimed for the Galaxy, missed by a small amount, but still landed in the stars.
  19. Oct 18, 2013
    Lost World nearly trips over itself to find a compromise between pure speed and stopping to smell the roses, but unlike many other Sonic games, this one does a pretty good job.
  20. Oct 30, 2013
    As I mentioned, the boss fights and characters in the game have their own style and charm, and the graphics and pacing of the game is, for the most part, spot on. While the game doesn’t reach the heights of Sonic Adventure, it does manage to fit nicely alongside most of the recent Sonic offerings.
  21. Oct 25, 2013
    Sonic: Lost World makes a step in the right direction. Sonic is mostly easy to control, the variety in the levels is there and certain actions you’ll have to perform with the Gamepad work well. The difficulty can spike though, and the cutscenes look like a twenty year old soap opera. It also goes a little too much by a trial and error principle.
  22. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World can wildly swing from brilliant to horrific at the drop of a hat, but when one steps back and takes a look at the whole production, one sees far more to love than hate.
  23. Dec 11, 2013
    Sonic Lost World has its problems. The controls are imprecise and the difficulty somewhat uneven. But it is still one of the better Sonic games in later years with some great level design. It is not the best platform game out there but well worth a closer look.
  24. Nov 13, 2013
    Sonic: Lost World is a solid game that simply tries to do too much. The variety keeps things entertaining, but also frustrating at the same time. Still it is a step in the right direction. Wii U owners are starved for games, and this one is definitely one they should check out. It has its moments of brilliance, and is a treat for Sonic fans.
  25. Oct 29, 2013
    This is a game that genuinely entertained and surprised us by the size of the levels.
  26. Oct 20, 2013
    SEGA have introduced a greater amount of variety and what appears to be a more consolidated sense of direction and themes in Sonic Lost World. It's certainly not without its numerous issues, but is a worthy entry to at least try first.
  27. Oct 18, 2013
    In its effort to expand the classic gameplay of the series, Sonic Lost World ends up with mixed results: some of the new ideas of the game work pretty well, while other elements appear to force Sonic into doing something he simply isn't comfortable with.
  28. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World offers some of Sonic's classic gameplay styles mixed with some tiny tidbits of Mario Galaxy. It's not the perfect match for a platform game, nor is it the best Sonic in the last decade. Easy for hardcore fans and perfect for newcomers.
  29. Oct 18, 2013
    If dealing with frustration to reach high points is an acceptable sacrifice of your gaming time then this is worth strong consideration, but be under no illusions — this isn't the definitive Sonic experience we may have desired.
  30. Oct 18, 2013
    By taking so much inspiration from Super Mario Galaxy, Sonic Lost World could have lost its way, or its origins at least. On the contrary, it stays true to its roots, the extended control over pace letting Sonic develop a whole new set of acrobatic moves while exploring new heights. But in spite of this vertiginous evolution, this episode still bears gameplay issues inherited from the series' transition to 3D, showing that Sonic has a long way to go in order to reach the level of his old rival Mario.
  31. Oct 18, 2013
    Many design flaws, confusing at some points, an unbalanced difficulty… certainly, not the game that Sonic deserves. If you're a huge fan of the hedgehog you will enjoy it, but after Colors and Generations, we were expecting something better.
  32. Oct 27, 2013
    Sonic: Lost World is a weird mixture of great times, mediocrity, joy and annoyance, it should be considered an enjoyable and honest experience that is plagued by inconsistencies and bad design decisions: the result is something that might be loved by some, but should not be considered a real example of the franchise.
  33. Oct 25, 2013
    Sonic: Lost world introduces a few very strong new elements, but clings to old formulas that can’t be combined with the new 3D-style. That makes Sonic: Lost World great from time to time, but an awkward failure at others.
  34. Oct 21, 2013
    Sonic: Lost World could have meant that the blue hedgehog was definitely back in the business. But the game goes exactly in the opposite way because of imprecise gameplay, a lack of clues in the way you have to play and a random rhythm. Fortunately, Lost World is a technical success and a beautiful game. Sonic Team will have to find its balance for the next chapter.
  35. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World has a great game hiding inside somewhere but is really held back by uneven game design. The game looks and sounds incredible and there are some really good ideas, but they aren't implemented cleanly enough to make a consistently great game. Lots of cheap deaths, questionable mechanics and a lack of focus keep this one from meeting its true potential.
  36. Oct 18, 2013
    At its best, Sonic Lost World delivers some of the best platforming the series has seen in years, with an intriguing fusion of classic design and innovative 3D worlds. Unfortunately, the game simply can’t maintain those temporary highs, resulting in an uneven, frustrating overall experience.
  37. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic: Lost World is not the best Sonic game, but it still has good moments for their loyal fans and Wii U users who want a new game for their console.
  38. Oct 21, 2013
    The latest Sonic expedition sports a lot of good ideas, variety and beautifully designed worlds. But the overloaded controls and confusing camera make sure that the hedgehog can’t live up to the potential.
  39. games(TM)
    Nov 14, 2013
    Bizarre inconsistencies. [Issue#141, p.106]
  40. Nov 11, 2013
    While it looks and sounds fantastic, Sonic Lost World is hobbled somewhat by poor level design and an immediately oppressive difficulty. It still retains some appeal, but oh, what could have been...
  41. Oct 18, 2013
    Lost World could have been a great Sonic game, but agitating cutscenes, an overly complicated control scheme and a really unclear general direction puts a stop to that. I have a hard time imagining this will satisfy anyone to a full extent.
  42. Oct 18, 2013
    An irregular game, with a few brilliant moments but a frustrating control and an average level design that blocks the speed and space you expect from a Sonic game.
  43. Oct 18, 2013
    A handful of fun levels and some exemplary graphics do not make a great game. Sonic: Lost World is front-loaded, pocked with bad boss fights and obsessed to a fault with creating some of the coolest 2D stages of 1993.
  44. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World is not a fundamentally bad game, it’s one that borders on greatness. If not for some fatal flaws, this could be a truly compelling experience– but it still has those flaws.
  45. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic Lost World clumsily tears all the wrong pages out of the Super Mario Galaxy playbook, and in so doing, loses the breathless speed and fluidity that makes a Sonic game a Sonic game.
  46. Oct 18, 2013
    The attractive landscapes and engaging ideas behind Sonic Lost World are no match for the demolition of morale suffered under unreliable control and inconsistent quality. Lost World is undoubtedly the most realized and best playing modern-era Sonic game, but Sonic still has ways to go before he's in a game one might actually have the best time playing.
  47. Oct 18, 2013
    In Team Sonic’s attempt to move on from the old days, every new idea has been thrown into the mix and the game slowed down to allow for this...It’s just not very Sonic and the core of what makes the early games great – speed and simplicity, have been lost in this Lost World.
  48. Nov 6, 2013
    There are definitely positive elements to be mined out of Sonic: Lost World, but once again this isn’t the return to form that Sonic fans have been hoping for.
  49. Oct 28, 2013
    It's more clear than ever that Sega doesn't know where to go with Sonic. The game tries to do a lot of things and end up failing at most of them. Those of you who want a great platformer for the Wii U should just pick up Rayman Legends or wait for Super Mario 3D World.
  50. Oct 25, 2013
    The game is a blatant rip-off of the Super Mario Galaxy series, unsuccessfully transporting the high-speed antics of Sega's famous blue hedgehog, who's been pretty down on his luck lately, to the planet-vaulting environs of Nintendo's Wii-era masterpieces.
  51. Oct 18, 2013
    It’s a shame, because there are parts that are genuinely excellent, like one level where Sonic is a giant snowball; awkward controls, a clump of dreadful levels (including insta-death grind-rail nonsense) and some horrendous, unfunny boss encounters, though, make you wish he’d genuinely get lost.
  52. Oct 18, 2013
    It's a rehash of what made Sonic awesome in 1991. It's not a videogame from 2013. It controls like a game from 1991, it has gameplay like a game from 1991. Warts, blemishes, sluggishness and all. It is, by all measures, an astoundingly average game.
  53. Oct 18, 2013
    That some inoffensive visuals and a few fun 2D sections are the highlights of a largely 3D game is telling. Sonic Lost World desperately wants to be Mario Galaxy, but in overtly coveting the great Italian plumber, it smothers the talents of its blazing blue hedgehog.
  54. Oct 18, 2013
    Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but Sonic’s mimicry of Super Mario Galaxy’s planet-hopping formula is an embarrassment. Sonic Lost World is a confused mash-up of finicky platforming, aggravating level design, and some of the most aggressively annoying villains ever.
  55. Oct 18, 2013
    Its gameplay variety is appreciated up to a point, but Sonic: Lost World misses the mark more often than it succeeds, as frustrating level design and unimaginative boss encounters are enough to overshadow its fleeting moments of brilliance.
  56. Oct 30, 2013
    Sonic Team, I’m just going to spell this out for you. This is not what we want from a Sonic game. Don’t go back to the drawing board. Don’t try to re-invent Sonic’s image again. Just give us the stuff that works from your last few successful titles and call it a day.
  57. Oct 29, 2013
    Occasional moments of brilliance do very little to elevate what is otherwise a terrible, poorly designed game. It's an unfortunate mash of ill-fitting, ill-conceived ideas, leaving us with yet another poor Sonic game.
  58. Oct 23, 2013
    Striking visuals and catchy music aside, there's not much fun to be had with Sonic Lost World. The clunky controls leave much to be desired, and the game seems to work much better overall when everything is allowed to run its course automatically. Sonic Lost World proves that Sega's blue hedgehog, in spite of his speed, has trouble keeping pace with the better, more modern platforms out there.
  59. Oct 18, 2013
    It’s depressing that the one modern game that shows the most effort is also the least satisfying to play, but if Sonic is ever to work in three-dimensions Lost World gives no clue as to how it might work.
  60. Oct 18, 2013
    Sonic games, and platformers in general, have always been about memorising the lay of the land, but rarely have mistakes been so costly or heavily punished, and it says much that one retailer’s preorder bonus consists solely of 25 additional lives.
  61. Oct 18, 2013
    The most heartbreaking thing about all this is that Sonic Team is clearly trying; the developer throws everything it can at the game in the hope that something will stick. Yet the result is a disastrous lack of focus.
  62. Nov 18, 2013
    Sonic is no longer a good or even passable video game character.
  63. Oct 28, 2013
    It doesn't take long, however, to realize that Sonic Team was inspired by Galaxy on a cosmetic level only. Lost World fails to execute on the gameplay afforded by circular worlds. In fact, in nearly every aspect of its design, it's evident that Sonic Team has never asked the crucial question: "why?"
  64. Oct 18, 2013
    If you love him as I once did, you’ll agree that it’s time to take Sonic out back and put him out of everyone’s misery.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 585 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 90 out of 585
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    This is a great game! I have been playing for a week now and it is amazing.Of course it's not perfect but besides the boss fights this is aThis is a great game! I have been playing for a week now and it is amazing.Of course it's not perfect but besides the boss fights this is a game that is worth your time and money if you are a sonic or platformer fan Full Review »
  2. Oct 30, 2013
    Sonic Lost World, in a way, is almost like having a bipolar disorder; at one moment, the game almost perfectly captures the essence of a goodSonic Lost World, in a way, is almost like having a bipolar disorder; at one moment, the game almost perfectly captures the essence of a good Sonic game, while at others, becomes an incredibly infuriating and frustrating platformer that tries to put Sonic in situations where he does not excel in. For what Sonic Lost World does right, it really hits home, reflecting on the multiple archetypes Sonic's initial outings in terms of its level structure. However, for its wrongdoings, one can only question why SEGA did not overlook these wrongdoings, as they become apparent so easily. Specifically, Sonic Lost World is a balance between levels whose philosophy in design reflects his initial outings, and levels whose philosophy in design is questionable at best.

    In terms of this balance, the levels are associated with two different categories. One category places an emphasis on speed, and balances it out with plentiful of platforming and many alternate hidden paths and exits. This emergence of depth in level design was shown to an extent with Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, but has not been shown with as much depth since Sonic's initial outings. Sonic Lost World rekindles this fire incredibly strong in these sorts of levels. Grinding Levels are also welcome to this edition, as their depth has risen drastically. Multiple routes to grind and tons of ingeniously tricky spots make these levels almost, if not as enjoyable, as the sorts of levels listed above. The second category, however, withdraws almost all of these aspects in place of gimmicky and linear level design that lacks the depth of the multi-route levels. Whether this may be rolling around in a snowball, having to remain hidden from an owl, scale up a linear set of platforms, etc., it withdraws from the essence of Sonic's initial outings in place of something mediocre at best.

    To be even more precise, let me list every level that's fun, okay-ish, and not fun:

    Windy Hill: Act 1, 2, 3, 4
    Desert Ruins: Act 1, 2, 3, 4
    Tropical Coast: Act 1, 3, 4
    Frozen Factory: Act 3
    Silent Forest: Act 1
    Lava Mountain: Act 2

    Tropical Coast: Act 2
    Frozen Factory: Act: 1, 4
    Silent Forest: Act 3
    Sky Road: Act 1
    Lava Mountain: Act 4

    Not Fun:
    Frozen Factory: Act 2
    Silent Forest: Act 2, 4
    Sky Road: Act 2, 3, 4
    Lava Mountain: Act 1, 3
    Hidden World: Act 1, 2, 3, 4

    There are 32 zones in total (Not counting the Hidden Stages in each world, the Carnival Stages, or the Nights DLC), and 14 of them are fun, 6 of them are okay, and 12 of them are not fun. This means 44% of the stages are fun, 19% of the stages are okay, and 37% of the stages are not fun. Add either the fun stages and the okay stages, the okay stages and the not fun stages, or none as you will, but only 44% of the game is truly and undoubtedly fun. Luckily, that 44% of the game nails the gameplay down just fine. Also, if you think about it, 14 acts is roughly 7 zones in Sonic 2, and more acts than Sonic 3 (not & Knuckles) has to offer. Adding the okay acts with the fun acts, and you have almost as much acts as Sonic 3 & Knuckles (and that's not even counting the omission of Sandopolis and Lava Reef Zone -due to their mediocrity- from the list). If you think about it, that 44% isn't really that bad in retrospect.

    Sonic Lost World fumbles a lot, which is definitely a huge disappointment to an otherwise fantastic game. However, the parts that Sonic Lost World doesn't fumble on are truly fantastic and unforgettable parts. Take Sonic Lost World how you will, but it's a game in which its good aspects are engaging and creative enough to become incredibly replayable. Sonic Lost World is a game that may stumble quite a lot, but it comes through in the end on its feet.
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  3. Oct 31, 2013
    Well i have made it to the 5th world... and i must say that i was both impressed and let down. At first, the levels were fun and exciting, butWell i have made it to the 5th world... and i must say that i was both impressed and let down. At first, the levels were fun and exciting, but as the game progressed, the difficulty level increased so much and there were millions of death traps at every turn by the time i reached the frozen zone. At this point i became extremely frustrated and cut the game off. The first few worlds were amazing and fun for me. The game does a lot of things right, but it also does a lot of things wrong... i do see the resemblance between mario galaxy and this game, and i must say, im a 100% fan of the mario galaxy franchise, and this doesnt come close. but i am an extreme fan of sonic, having every sonic game from the genesis days, to the dreamcast day games, and the newer ones when sonic went to gamecube, xbox 360 and now wii u, and anything in between. I have every game... and this is ok to me. To me this game is like Sonic Colors, its ok. I have never been a fan of the color powers myself... im more into sonic generations gameplay style myself.... and evne sonic adventure 2 gamestyle. but its worth picking up at least. Full Review »