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Game Reviewed: Sonic Colors
Developer: Sonic Team
ESRB Rating: E
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Sonic Colors takes the speedy blue hedgehog on another 3D adventure. In Sonic Colors, Dr. Eggman has apparently given into deep remorse for his past evils and to make up for it, he has created a massive space theme park to entertain the masses. However, Sonic and his sidekick Tails soon discover that the amusement park is just a front for an evil operation to kidnap helpless alien lifeforms in hopes of sapping their energy for a mind control ray. As such, Sonic races into action, freeing aliens and destroying Dr. Eggman’s evil robot creations along the way.
Sonic Colors is a fast paced platformer, where the perspective swaps between 3D and 2D platforming. Each level begins with Sonic racing down a preset path where the player dashs, jumps, and slides to the end marker. The environments are VERY colorful. Bright and vibrant theme park lights and environments greet the players during every level. As Sonic rescues the aliens, called Wisps, they imbue Sonic with special powers that he can use to progress through each level. After a set number of acts, Sonic will take on a boss battle which will either rely on platforming skill, or timing and memorization.
Along with the story driven levels, the Wii version of the game provides a challenge mode where players can beat their best times and also a “Sonic Simulator”, which boasts simplified challenges where players can play solo, cooperatively, or competitively.
What Parents Need to Know
The violence in Sonic Colors is very tame. For the most part, the only violence used in Sonic Colors comes in the form of Sonic either jumping on or tripping up evil robots. Sonic uses a “homing” attack which allows players to chain attacks together to take out multiple enemies. Beyond this simple formula, some of the wisps give Sonic abilities that allow him to attack the robots differently, but the result is much the same to his regular jumping attack or tripping slide attack.
There is no obscene language in Sonic Colors.
There is no inappropriate sexual content in Sonic Colors.
There is no spiritual content in Sonic Colors.
In all honesty, I was thoroughly disappointed by how this game turned out. I was looking forward to the prospect of a good Sonic game, and was only met with a game that little held my interest. I found the controls in this game to be utterly unresponsive in many situations. So much so that during certain parts of the game, I was forced to stop playing due to frustration. The game is clearly marketed and designed for a child’s interests, which can be seen in the cheesy, slapstick story that propels the action. Not to say that its story is a bad thing, but a game that is so clearly designed for a younger audience should not be so unforgiving in its gameplay that is makes even experienced gamer adults want to throw the game through the window. At its best, Sonic Colors is a quirky entry into the Sonic franchise that hits its mark in being a kid friendly game with a good sense of speed. At its worst, Sonic Colors is a broken game that becomes almost unplayable in some situations.