It’s been over a decade since Sega enthusiasts have enjoyed a “real” Sonic game. There have been plenty of games with Sonic in them: Sonic has done everything from getting sucked into a magical storybook about the Arabian Nights to turning into a werehedgehog. Sonic has even competed in the Olympics with his nemesis, Mario. However, none of these games have captured the pure velocity, the blur of color, and the intense, crippling wave of nausea** I used to feel when I played Sonic as a youngin’. If a little old school Sonic action has been missing from your life, then your prayers have finally been answered. Dr. Eggman is at it again, and this time Sonic must travel to an amusement park in outer space to stop him from enslaving a race of itty bitty aliens known as Wisps.
Sonic Colors for DS plays just like the Sonic games of days gone by. Players will control Sonic as he very quickly runs through levels collecting rings until he hits the finish line. The updated elements in the game come in the form of the aforementioned Wisps – these little aliens act as power-ups for the hedgehog. Some of them are permanent (like the blue Wisp’s Dash ability) and some last only for a few seconds (like the orange Wisp’s Rocket ability). This change will blend seamlessly with the traditional Sonic gameplay elements that players have come to know over the years. The biggest negative mark against this game, aside from the fact it almost made me ralph on myself, is that all of the levels are pretty short. Even with their branching paths, most zones can be finished in under two minutes. Given the fact that each level only has two acts and a boss fight, it is safe to say that unless you’re working for the top rank on each zone, most players could complete this game in an hour or less.
The development group of Sonic Team promised that Sonic Colors for DS would bring us the same break-neck speed fans have been begging for for years, and they definitely delivered. In fact, there are times when the game is playing so quickly that it seems like you aren’t even in control of Sonic. However, some new power-ups, abilities, and a return to standard Sonic gameplay means that this game will quell the cries of the lifelong Sonic fanatics and be a good entry point into the franchise for new players. If only Sonic Team would have included some origami patterns with the game to teach me how to fold the instruction manual into a barf bag, I probably would have spent more time playing it.
Gameplay from Sonic Colors for DS
**I, like scores of other people, suffer from kinetosis, or motion sickness. I’m the one all of those warning screens on games are written for. Games like Sonic in which the action happens very quickly make me feel extremely sick. Go ahead and poke fun, I would if I was you!
Sonic Colors - DS
|Return to core Sonic values means players and fans of the original games will finally have a Sonic game they can relate to.||This game is so fast I sometimes had no idea what was going on. Also, did I mention it almost made me throw up?|
|Verdict||Pick this title up if you've been dying to play a new take on an old school Sonic game.|