To no one’s surprise Tuesday, Sonic Mania became the most critically-acclaimed Sonic game since Sonic Adventure 2. The PlayStation 4 version of Mania proved to be highly favorable on Metacritic, as it scored an 86 based on 45 reviews, whilst the Xbox One version received an 84 based on 10 reviews. The Nintendo Switch version, however, currently has the highest rating with an 89 score.
EGM awarded Mania a 9.0 out of 10, with Mollie L. Patterson raving:
Sega took a chance in letting a longtime Sonic fan and a few smaller dev teams bring the original 16-bit iteration of their mascot back into the modern era, and the result is Sonic Mania, one of the purest and most enjoyable Sonic games we’ve ever been given. The question isn’t if this experiment in reviving classic Sonic was successful or not—the question is what happens next.
– Mollie L. Patterson, EGM
Heidi Kemps of IGN gave the game a score of 8.7, praising its vivid, neon-colored graphics and the new challenges added to every stage.
It truly is the classic throwback longtime series fans have been clamoring for, but there’s plenty to love here even if you didn’t grow up with a Genesis. Sonic Mania is a stellar example of a retro revival done right.
– Heidi Kemps, IGN
I haven’t picked up Mania myself yet, but when I do get to play it, I’ll appreciate Sonic’s history even more than I did in my fandom of nearly 15 years.