The Sonic Mania opening animation captures the same speed and excitement that we experienced when first playing as the blue hedgehog. The best part is that it is also very reminiscent of the old Saturday morning cartoons we all loved.
With reviews for Sonic Mania trickling in, it seems The Blue Blur’s latest outing might be his best in years. If the opening animation is anything to judge by, Sonic is back and better than ever. The video was animated and directed by Tyson Hesse, and features custom music by Hyper Potions.
The latest game is a re-release of the Genesis game sprinkled with a liberal amount of new stages. The game has been remastered with new controls, features and, of course, a shiny new graphics package. Here’s an official overview of the upcoming title and what’s included:
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!
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.
Special Stages – In Special Stages, players chase down enemy UFOs to secure various Chaos Emeralds. Collecting blue spheres along the way will give their character an added boost of speed to their meter. Once the meter fills up, the Mach level increases. Just watch out and don’t speed off the stage!
Bonus Stages – In “Blue Spheres”, players navigate Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles through a series of blue spheres to clear the stage. But be careful! Once touched, the blue spheres will turn red. Touching a red sphere instantly ends the Bonus Stage. Silver Medallions are awarded to players who complete the Bonus Stage, while collecting all the blue spheres and rings awards players with a perfect score and a Gold Medallion.
Time Attack – Time Attack was also revealed to be a new mode in Sonic Mania. Prove you’re the best of the best in Time Attack, which lets players compete for fastest speed in the world by recording their time in the game’s online leaderboard.