Game Corner: A game created by the fans for the fans

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Shown is the main title of Sonic Mania, that includes the character Sonic the Hedgehog.

Manuel Ruiz, Game Corner Columnist

Sonic Mania was first revealed during a 2016 San Diego Comic where many fans were pleased to know the project was being handled by Christian Whitehead, HeadCannon, and PagodaWest Games. Christian Whitehead and HeadCannon both have a long-time history with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, porting classic titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 to mobiles. Lastly, Tee Lopes, who was well known for his Sonic the Hedgehog remixes on YouTube, was chosen to be the game’s composer.

The game was being developed by long-time fans of the series, which is a dream come true for many since in most cases fan games are usually taken down by game companies. The game was schedule for a 2017 release. As more time went on more info was revealed such as an official release date which was August 16, 2017, for consoles, but the PC version was delayed till August 29, 2017. Luckily for PC users many received a free copy of Sonic the Hedgehog! (And if the user already had it they could give it to a friend.)

Story

The game takes place after the original classic trilogy of the Sonic the Hedgehog games. Sonic and Tails investigate Angel Island (where the third game took place) after noticing a rise of strange energy waves. Once they arrive on Angel Island they find a group of Egg-robos retrieving a mysterious crystal that transports Sonic and Tails, along with Knuckles the Echidna who was near the accident, to previous locations from previous classic titles.

Gameplay

Sonic Mania plays like classic 2-D style games from previous titles which many fans are familiar with the gameplay style, while newcomers can get used to the gameplay style since it’s simple to learn. Examples are running at the speed of sound and platforming and near the end of the level players fight a boss for each act.

Each character has its own quirks such as Sonic being able to do a drop dash, a new mechanic that was given to Sonic, Tails being able to fly for a limited time, and Knuckles being able to glide and climb walls.

Pros

Sonic Mania is filled with many classic throwbacks and references to previous classic titles which by many can easily get, but for most people who are going to try out Sonic for the first time may not get them at first.

The amount of challenge is also really entertaining due to the game not going easy on the player and the amount of speed the character can go throughout a level which makes it more fun going faster and faster each time. The music is outstanding with each song being remixed and feeling brand new.

Cons

There are a few glitches such as characters being crushed certain obstacles in a strange manner and sometimes the game’s music suddenly stops. While sound effects can still be heard, the music returns once the player reaches the end of the level.

Lastly, depending on which game a player is playing on, if the player has the Nintendo Switch version, they might experience a bit of slow down during specials stages. Sometimes, being able to access the home menu takes a long while.

Final Thoughts

Sonic Mania is a fantastic 2-D game that feels amazing and runs fantastic. With the few issues the game has it’s still an enjoyable journey and for an amazing price, it’s worth picking up for the amount of content it contains. A recommended title for anyone’s collection.