Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Aug 16, 2017
    Sonic Mania is what fans of the blue hedgehog have been wanting for years, as it is a return to what made Sonic who and what he is with lighting fast 2D side scrolling action and some new levels to blast through. With some bragging rights on the line, SEGA has thrown into the mix the Time Attack and Competitive modes which will add some replay value for some of the serious Sonic players out there. Sonic Mania is great for the fans and if you never played a Sonic game before, this is definitely a great place to start.
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    Sonic Mania is one of the best Sonic games ever made. The hedgehog is as fast as always and the level design is, in a few words, awesome. Classic taste for one of the best games of the year.
  3. Aug 29, 2017
    This is how you do a Sonic game.
  4. Aug 16, 2017
    I could go on and on about Sonic Mania but what you need to know that it’s a must-buy for any Xbox One owner. The title, despite its slight issues, is one of the best games available on Xbox One and elevates the franchise. The developers understood what made the past entries so great and built upon that. Sonic is all about speed and this game dishes that out by the bucketload. You should get it right now because I can’t recommend it enough.
  5. Aug 16, 2017
    Everyone will find something to love about the hedgehog’s latest outing.
  6. Aug 15, 2017
    An excellent 2D platformer, Sonic Mania goes beyond expectations, managing to be not only a proper evolution of the series' iconic formula, but the best Sonic game ever made.
  7. Aug 14, 2017
    If not for the clumsiness of the new moves and the hair-pullingly hard bonus stages, it would be a perfect game. But Sonic Mania is still a long, wonderful return to form for the series that fans and newcomers alike should enjoy. Hopefully the upcoming Sonic Forces can maintain this level of quality, like Sonic deserves.
  8. Aug 14, 2017
    Sonic Mania is Sega's love letter to his iconic blue hedgehog and the fans that have come since the 90's. It's more than a remaster, it's a completely new game developed with mastery that mixes the best of the Sonic Saga, alongside some extras for 1 or 2 players that'll keep us doing loops for a long time.
  9. Aug 14, 2017
    A Sonic fan couldn’t really ask for more than what’s been delivered by Sonic Mania. It’s got the gratifying Sonic physics, responsive controls, thrilling speed, open levels and brilliant bosses. It truly is a return to form for our favourite speedy blue hedgehog, which is ironic considering that it’s not made by Sonic Team.
  10. Oct 16, 2017
    Creating a remix of old levels with a new story and level design tweaks proved to be a really brilliant idea, making Sonic Mania both a new and a classic game. Sonic fans will definitely love it.
  11. Aug 14, 2017
    A return to the series' roots in every sense, Sonic Mania is a joyful reminder why the franchise became such a hit in the first place. Though it's content with reliving past glories, it does so exceptionally well. 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.
  12. Aug 25, 2017
    By going back and looking at what made everyone fall in love with the series in the first place, Sega was able to deliver the best Sonic game in ages. It's a long-lost relic from an alternate history where the franchise got one more great Genesis game. While a bit too caught up in its past, it's undeniably amazing how well the core gameplay still holds up today. Sonic Mania is a fast and fun platformer that should not be missed by any fan of the series or anyone who just enjoys a good side scroller.
  13. Aug 18, 2017
    Sonic Mania is the Sonic game fans have been wanting. It hits all the notes (and problems) the originals had. But it is also why the series has remained relevant for so long. It delivers speed, fun, and chaos (no pun intended) all in one package. It also finally removes the stigma that all Sonic games are terrible. Let’s hope Forces is as well polished and enjoyable as Mania is.
  14. Aug 14, 2017
    A beautifully crafted love letter to Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Mania is everything a Sonic game should be and more. I'd be deliriously happy if SEGA carried on making them like they used to; if it carried on making more games like Sonic Mania.
  15. Aug 14, 2017
    Great mix of retooled old stages and new ones, still with the same feel and replayability as the classics. Sonic Mania is everything that Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 and 2 hoped to be and then some.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 181 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 181
  1. Sep 6, 2017
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is the best Sonic game I've seen since Generations. The little details in the graphics, although reminiscent of the Genesis games, are stunning and the option to add the scan line CRT filter makes it that little more nostalgic. The amount of returning zones can be a little annoying, only having a few new zones. The list of zones is well picked however. Green Hill (for the 60 millionth time), Chemical Plant (for the 3rd time), Flying Battery (new! woo!), Stardust Speedway, Hyrdocity and many more. It's amazing that for once, we got a Sonic game without game breaking glitches. Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2017
    This may end up being the best Sonic game ever created. I can really tell the care and effort put into this project, Sega did the right thingThis may end up being the best Sonic game ever created. I can really tell the care and effort put into this project, Sega did the right thing here....well done! Hopefully Sonic Forces will continue the path of keeping the franchise going in a positive direction! 2017 truly seems to be the year of the classic gaming icon, between this, Zelda, Crash, and the upcoming Mario Odyssey. Thumbs up! Full Review »
  3. Aug 16, 2017
    Sonic was always good. Ok maybe not. But it was a big part of my childhood. The last Sonic game i loved was Sonic 3 & Knuckles. And SonicSonic was always good. Ok maybe not. But it was a big part of my childhood. The last Sonic game i loved was Sonic 3 & Knuckles. And Sonic Mania is exactly the Sonic game i've always wanted. Perfect level design, perfect soundtrack, the perfect Sonic game, 10/10. Full Review »