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Sonic Mania

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A 3D platformer that came out as a reboot of one of the most popular adventure game series, featuring the titular Sonic the Hedgehog. This production was created by a SEGA’s subsidiary, Sonic Team, employing people who helped create the series and its most important iterations.

Arcade | platform | 2D | multiplayer | for 2 people | indie games | shoot 'em up | co-op | experimental/art | splitscreen

Sonic Mania cover

developer: PagodaWest Games

publisher: SEGA

Official website

Game mode: single player

game release date:

15Aug2017

PS4 XONE Switch

29Aug2017

PC

Sonic Mania is a classic two-dimensional platformer released on PS4, PC, etc., which is a kind of return to the roots of an extremely popular games about the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, started in 1991 on Sega Genesis. Traditionally published by Sega, the game is the result of cooperation between two studios: Headcannon and PagodaWest Games. The development team has also included Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley (also known under the pseudonyms Stealth and Taxman) who has worked on ports of classic Sonic versions and numerous fan games. Sonic Mania was officially announced during the Comic-Con 2016, during the 25th anniversary of the title character's birthday.

Mechanics

After numerous (and mostly not very well-received) experiments aimed at refreshing the series formula, Sonic Mania is a return to the series' classic formula in the literal sense of the word. The described production is a two-dimensional, side-scroll platformer, in which we travel through successive, varied levels, filled with traps, enemies and collectibles. Apart from completely new stages, developed exclusively for Sonic Mania, the game also features remastered levels from the first installments of the series, such as Green Hill Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog from 1991.

Sonic Mania also has minor modifications of the original mechanics. In addition to classic movements such as spin attack or spin dash, Mania Sonic also has a new maneuver called drop dash, which allows you to roll up into a ball right after landing. The game has the characteristic gold rings which provide partial protection against damage and help us unlock special bonus stages (introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 from 1994).

Technical aspects

Sonic Mania, released on PS4, PC, etc., refers to the classic parts of the series not only in terms of graphics but also in the mechanics. Despite the possibilities of modern PCs and eighth-generation consoles, the game is characterized by old-school graphic design, stylized on those offered by Sega Genesis. This is a tribute to the most faithful fans of the series and a peculiar attempt to pay tribute to its classic and highest-rated entries.

Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 256 MB GeForce 7500 or better, 400 MB HDD, Windows 7/8/10
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