Sonic Causes ‘Mania’ With New Game Release

Sonic Mania, the brand-new 16-bit video game, is being praised by the gaming masses. Fans of the long-running series see the new version as a return to form for Sonic the Hedgehog. While the game definitely has old school appeal, it is already attracting a new generation of fans.

Developers Get Back To Basics

Officially released on Wednesday, Sonic Mania will be available for gameplay on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 consoles. Gamers are likely to rejoice as the title returns to its simplistic routes. The tasks are straightforward, and the graphics are updated, yet basic. A full run-through of the game can take users less than three hours; different from past titles that were criticized for being too elaborate.

By most accounts, this is the best Sonic version in nearly two decades. With each passing year, developers have attempted to recapture the allure of the first titles in the early days of the Sega consoles. Mania appears to have finally solved the one overriding problem creators have faced – complexity.

The game’s plot will be very familiar for fans of the franchise. Dr. Eggman once again serves as Sonic’s arch enemy, seeking to destroy him all throughout the journey. The storyline will take gamers through familiar and new territories as Sonic continues his quest. Hidden levels and regions are attainable for elite gamers looking for extra thrills. This highly anticipated version of Sonic comes with a price tag of just $20.

Sonic The Hedgehog Franchise

The original title, Sonic the Hedgehog, was released on the Sega Genesis console way back in 1991. From there, the franchise took off as one of the premier games in the golden era of at-home gaming. Eight new versions of the game were released over the next three years. But as the new millennium approached, Sonic began to lose some steam. With several cancelled and criticized titles, gaming reporters began to compare Sonic to the Mario franchise, which has seen continued success over the years. Developers hope Sonic Mania rekindles the magic that made the franchise so popular in the early 1990’s.