Back in June Nintendo announced that the next three Sonic games will be releasing on Nintendo consoles only, the first one being Sonic Lost World. At Comic-Con I had my first hands on experience with both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game, each delivering a fast pace adventure featuring the blue blur. I was constantly reminded of classic Sonic titles while playing and challenged with keeping a steady footing while maintaining high speeds.
Each of the stages highlighted a different Sonic title. In the first stage I was lamenting on Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis while the Casino level paid tribute to Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Each level demostrated Sonic’s new and old abilities, whether it was high speed runs, using wisp powers from Sonic Colors, or running on walls. Whether it was on the 3DS or Wii U the game played like other Sonic titles while giving newcomers a adequate leveling curve. The graphic different between the two versions is noticeable but nether suffer any gameplay weaknesses, both play as well as the other.
Sonic has an array of new and old tricks to overcome all the obstacles set before him. Like passed Sonic titles he’ll still have access to the homing attack and the spin-dash as well as new abilities like the stun attack and wall run. Running throughout the 3D environment still requires focus in order to avoid losing any momentum but once muscle memory takes over I had no problem using Sonic’s various abilities while maintaining high speeds.
The stages I played included a green hill zone, a donut level, a free running environment, and finally a casino. The green hill zone was simple and introduced me to the basic mechanics, while the donut level had me playing a 2D side-scroller. The free-running staged, that was based inside a honey bee hive, required precision in order to navigate the environment. Especially since one wrong move would mean game over. The final demo stage was based on a casino and had me traveling through a living pinball machine, and playing in one as well. Each stage had multiple paths that I could choose from, each offering different challenges but the same outcome, a capsule full of animals.
As a long-time Sonic the Hedgehog fan I was glad to see that Sonic Lost World was turning out to be such an exciting title. While I was disappointed that the demo didn’t include a full boss fight each level high-lighting each of Sonic’s talents and what I can expect from the final product. Whether it was for the 3DS or Wii U Sonic Lost World is a great title for those seeking a high-speed adventure featuring one of the most notorious gaming character of all time.