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2D Sonic is back in an all-new adventure!
Play as Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles as you race through all-new Zones and fully re-imagined classics, each filled with exciting surprises and powerful bosses. Harness Sonic's new Drop Dash, Tails' flight, and Knuckles' climbing abilities to overcome the evil Dr. Eggman's robots. Discover a myriad of never-before-seen hidden paths and secrets!
Developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games in collaboration with SEGA of America, this all-new experience celebrates the best of Classic Sonic, pushing the envelope forward with stunning 60 FPS gameplay and pixel-perfect physics. Welcome to the next level for the world's fastest blue hedgehog. Welcome to Sonic Mania.
-- The Chemical Plant boss is a crazy unexpected surprise! Or would have been if I hadn't read about it in reviews...
-- I agree with @chrisbg99, the new special stage is a blast. It's also pretty dang tough.
-- We spent almost as much time playing Blue Spheres as we did Sonic Mania. Neat how the medals you get from it unlock new (old) abilities for Sonic.
-- The game's actually pretty glitchy, at least in 2-player. In the very first stage we got stuck by a camera glitch and had to restart. There's also a lot of times where Tails got caught between level geometry, or stuck in a special state (like hanging sideways) and couldn't move.
-- The game's not easy! I feel like there's more tricky platforming in this game than the Genesis games, though hardly any bottomless pits or mashers yet, so that's good. On the other hand there are more than a few sections where you can just hold right (or down) and whiz through a good chunk of the level.
Classic Sonic gameplay. Neat level and boss gimmicks. FILTHY with fanservice and references to obscure Sonic games and other Sega properties. Yep, I love this game and am going to put a ton of time into it when the PC version comes out.
Sonic Mania honestly feels like how a proper 2D Sonic game might have felt on the Saturn. I mean I don't know how much resources the game is tapping into on consoles but it can't be anything particularly great outside of resolution.