Sonic Mania is a 2D platformer game created by Evening Star, Pagoda West Games and Head Cannon published by Sega, released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in August of 2017 with the Plus expansion being released about a year later. It is styled after the classic Sonic games from the 90s and feature levels both old and new. You are able to play as three different characters with unique abilities for each of them in the base game with an extra two being added in the expansion both with their own abilities.
I had fun playing this game because the levels were well designed and allow you to go fast if you know what you’re doing and are a good length as well. The character abilities are fun and feel good when using them.
Control and gameplay
This game has easy to understand controls as well as fun game play rewarding skill with ability to go fast. The game features twelve zones with two acts each, with returning zones from Sonic 1,2,3 and CD as well as new zones made specifically for this game.
The game has nice pixel art graphics with smooth animations. The game runs at 60 fps on all versions.
This game has nice high quality sounds with a great soundtrack by Tee Lopes featuring excellent remixes of old songs from the series as well as excellent new tracks.
This game is very replay able with five different characters to play as in the main story, along with another separate mode where you can play as all five at the same time with a few extra side modes you can play and a multiplayer race mode.
I would recommend this game mainly to fans of sonic the hedgehog as it’s a love letter to the classic games but also to fans of 2D platformers in general as the game provides fun and exhilarating gameplay and a lot of replay value.