Sonic Mania Wiki (Walkthrough and Strategy Guide)
This is a Sonic Mania Wiki and Strategy Guide page containing walkthroughs, strategy guides, tips and tricks for the new side-scrolling game developed by Headcannon and PagodaWest Games and published by Sega for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows. It is scheduled for release on Q2 or Q3 2017.
The Sonic the Hedgehog series has spanned a multitude of games since its early days on the Sega Genesis, its home platform. Since the release of the first game (Sonic the Hedgehog), it has given rise to many other sequels and featured the fast-paced side-scrolling gameplay characteristic of the franchise to this day. The sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2 introduced a new playable character Miles “Tails” Prower, Sonic’s most enduring sidekick throughout the games.
The trend of featuring more playable characters has been made into somewhat of a tradition in the game after the second game, with characters like Knuckles, Amy Rose and Shadow eventually joining the roster.
Almost all of the Sonic titles will have the iconic Dr. Robotnik as the primary villain, a mad scientist bent on conquering Sonic’s homeworld and what lies beyond it through technological means that have become extremely varied as the series progressed. In almost all Sonic the Hedgehog games, Dr. Robotnik plans to use mysterious artifacts known as Chaos Emeralds to achieve his goals.
To this day, the Sonic the Hedgehog series continues to be well-loved by fans and non-fans alike, with Sonic Mania returning to the gameplay and visual style of the first game. It continues to create diverse and unique characters that have very specific strengths and weaknesses, as well as crafting and imagining fantastic game worlds and levels. While most games in the series have opted for a light-hearted and often humorous storyline, it nevertheless stands as a memorable work enjoyed by all ages.
Development Stages and Return to Traditional Sonic
During Sega’s 25th anniversary event at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2016, the development team of Sonic Mania announced the title alongside Sonic Forces. The development team was composed of veteran programmers who have had prior experience with past Sonic titles. Among them are Christian “Taxman” Whitehead (Sonic the Hedgehog CD), Simon “Stealth” Thomley (Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 iOS/Android), as well as Jared Kasl (level design), Tom Fry (game art) and Tee Lopes (music) who worked on an unnoficial high-definition remaster of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Series producer Takashi Iizuka himself summed up Sonic Mania as a “passion project” that is fueled by the community of fans’ love for the earliest Sonic titles.
As of this time, Sonic Mania will allow players to play one of three characters, namely Sonic, Tails and Knuckles. While fans of the series need no introduction to this interesting trio, it will still be good to describe them briefly here.
- Sonic the Hedgehog
The titular character of the long-running franchise. Sonic is seen as the fastest of the three characters and has no particularly special traits. He is seen as the most basic character of the three.
- Miles “Tails” Prower
Sonic’s loyal sidekick Tails is a cheerful fox who can use his tail to fly in the air, akin to a helicopter. He is a rather childish and sensitive personality, but is nonetheless willing to help out his friends in need.
- Knuckles the Echidna
While something of an anti-hero, Knuckles is still Sonic’s most iconic rival in the series. Knuckles’ hands each have large protruding spikes that allow him to scale walls in levels. He also has the ability to glide from high places, allowing him to reach certain areas that would otherwise be hard for most characters in the game.
- Heavy Gunner
Making a debut in the upcoming title are the Heavy Gunners, new robotic enemies that are mass-produced Badnik and are a variant of the Eggrobo created by Dr. Robotnik. Collectively, they are part of the Hard Boiled Heavy line.
The Heavy Gunner is equipped with a jetpack and carry a green launcher-like weapon to destroy enemies. In revealed gameplay, Heavy Gunners serve as bosses in each Zone Act in the game. They have unique abilities, similar to the bosses found in other popular side-scroller titles, most notably the Megaman series of games.
|Zone Acts Walkthrough|
- Boss Guides
Tips and Tricks
- Post-Game Unlockables
- Hidden Items
- Trophy List
|Genre||Platform / Side-Scroller|
|Platform||Playstation 4 / Xbox One / Nintendo Switch / Microsoft Windows|
|Developer||Headcannon / PagodaWest Games|
|Release date||Q2 / Q3 2017|