Sonic Mania

  • 23 Sep - 29 Sep, 2017
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Time Out

Sonic Mania manages to feel new and exciting, thanks to clever remixes of classic levels and imaginative boss battles. The game has thirteen zones – five brand new ones, and eight remixes of recognisable locations. If you’re unfamiliar with how Sonic works, imagine a side-scrolling platformer got trapped in that machine from The Fly with a pinball machine.

It’s about getting from one end of the level to the other, but along the way you’ll encounter a mix of traditional platforming elements – moving platforms, enemies, bottomless pits – and sections where you’re catapulted at dizzying speeds through a series of twisting loop-de-loops. This is when the game is at its most thrilling and intense, and it’s always disappointing when you suddenly skid to a halt and have to pick up speed again.

There are some tricky sections, but for the most part the game is more about rhythm, pace, and momentum than precise platforming. You can play it safe and carefully make your way through each act, but it’s a lot more fun speeding through as fast as you can and reacting to obstacles as they’re thrown at you. There’ll be a treat waiting for you at the end of each level.