For a Sonic game it's rather easy but in exchange more action packed and faster.
MogFromLeipzig wrote this review on .
= Content =
Sonic and Tails somehow manage to get sucked into another world, the world of Blaze the Cat known from Sonic Rush. It is a sunny place in an ocean filled with big and small islands. The 7 big islands are the main stages, each consisting of two large highspeed acts (filled with all kind of mechanisms) and a boss fight. An eighth island contains the final boss. The small islands are tiny extra levels and you do not have to complete most of them to proceed in the story. You do not even have to find all of islands.
To unlock the islands on your map you have to drive to their position with one of your four ships. To build the ships you collect materials by completing acts or the small extra levels. Most likely you are forced to play through some levels more than once to get the needed materials. Each of the ships is different. There are two ships that are navigated by using the touch pen and there are two ships that are navigated by Tails and you have to shoot enemies with the pen. All ships control well and they contribute to the game experience.
To acquire Chaos Emeralds you have to race a villain with one of the ships.
In addition to just playing through the story you can play tons of missions, e.g. collecting a certain amount of rings in a level in a given time period, finding a medal somewhere in the level, doing tricks or just finishing a level in under x min y seconds. By completing the missions you can get Sol Emeralds or unlock music, film sequences or gimmicks for your base island.
= Difficulty =
This Sonic game is easy. In previous games the later levels are usually hard and you proceed very slowly and carefully. In this game you can rush through them as fast as through the very first level. There are some points where you have to know what to do and you will probably loose some lives figuring it out. But it really could be worse.
During a stage you cannot save. You have to go through act 1, 2 and the boss fight in a row. If you loose all your lives in the acts you teleport back to your base and are given two new lives. If you think that you need more lives you can go to an easy act and collect 100 rings to gain another live. Unlike in the GBA games lives are saved and are not lost when you turn off the console. If you die in boss fight you can try again as often as you wish without loosing a live.
Also the levels are easy, the races for the Chaos Emeralds and some missions are very hard but since it is only a small part of the game I still rate the game "easy".
= Controls =
The controls are sharp. The levels are interesting and fair, which means you do not constantly fall down somewhere without knowing why.
= Graphics and Sound =
Both the graphics and the sound are lighthearted and fit very well in the Caribbean looking world. The levels are mainly 2D, the boss fights are 3D. Everything looks just right for a Sonic game. The music is sometimes a bit experimental and it is good.
= Story =
There is incredible much talk in this game - at least for a Sonic game. But you still don't want to buy this game for the story. It gives your characters a reason to proceed and that's enough.
= Multiplayer =
You can race though every level against a friend. He or she does not need a copy of the game. Well done, Sega!
I did not try the internet functions but I guess they will not differ much.
= Conclusion =
A wonderful game. A lot to do. Every level is fun and so are the boss fights (and I generally don't like boss fights).