'Sonic Lost World' Sends Your Favorite Blue Hedgehog On A New Adventure

October 29, 2013

Sonic the Hedgehog has a long and storied history in video games. Everyone's favorite blue hedgehog dates back to the launch of the Sega Genesis where he quickly became the company's mascot, pushing a more mature video game experience than their competitors, and doing it with more attitude. The blue blur became the poster child for fast-paced platformers, and is still, to this day, one of the most recognizable characters ever created. In recent years, gamers' appreciation for Sonic has waxed and waned between solid additions to the franchise, like Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations and more mediocre fare, like 2006's Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic Unleashed. Whether you have stuck with Sonic and his friends through the good times and the bad, it's fair to say that this is one franchise that is willing to try new things. Sonic Lost World is the Sonic Team's latest experiment, which attempts to blend 2D and 3D gameplay while retaining Sonic's signature speed and attitude.

Developer: Sonic Team (Wii U and 3DS)/ Dimps (3DS only)
Publisher: Sega

The Sonic Team have had their hands in the Sonic franchise since the original Sonic the Hedgehog on the Genesis. They have taken the series in new and exciting directions over the years, with some mixed results. No matter where you stand on their past games, it's clear that Lost World feels like a fresh take on the series, making it unlike any Sonic game that you've played in the past.

In an unsurprising turn of events, Sonic's arch nemesis, and series' villain, Doctor Eggman (A.K.A. Dr. Robotnik), is up to his old tricks again; snatching up small, woodland creatures to enslave them inside of his robot creations. While trying to thwart his latest scheme, Sonic and Tails end up crashing their plane into a mysterious floating world, known as the Lost Hex. While trying to repair their plane, they discover that Eggman is using a magic shell to control the Deadly Six, a group of evildoers who must succumb to Eggman's bidding while he holds the shell. However, Sonic gets a bit ahead of himself and kicks the shell away from Eggman, which causes all heck to break loose.

On top of introducing a new story, Lost World also features a host of new gameplay ideas. For example, Sonic can finally defy gravity with his speed, allowing him to dash up walls, parkour-style. Additionally, the Colors transformations that were introduced in Sonic Colors have returned, and make for some interesting diversions throughout the levels, which are quite unique themselves. Each of the world's levels feels completely unique, as it mixes up 2D and 3D designs, much like the franchise as a whole has done in the past. Both types of levels offer a selection of different paths, as well as all new challenges for Sonic to tackle.

You can only take Sonic Lost World out for a spin on the Nintendo Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS, as these Sega games are appearing exclusively at retail and as downloads on Nintendo platforms. If you jump in on the ground floor, the Wii U version will be instantly upgraded to the Deadly Six Bonus Edition which includes an extra downloadable level that's inspired by the Sega classic NiGHTS Into Dreams...

From Spinball to the Olympics, over the last 22 years Sonic has been just about everywhere, and Lost World continues in that tradition by sending him and Tails on a crazy new adventure. The gameplay in Lost World feels fast and fresh, but can be a bit challenging at times. Since Sonic is running around on a floating world, it's very easy for him to roll off the edge to an untimely demise. When you couple that with the inexplicable fact that 100 rings no longer nets you a free life, Lost World becomes one of the more demanding Sonic games to date. The new story and characters make for a refreshing take on the tried and true tale of Sonic vs Eggman, and the gameplay, on both the Wii U and 3DS, feels like a natural progression of the series onto these new platforms. When all this comes together, Sonic Lost World is an enjoyable entry into the franchise, and something every Sonic fan eat up.