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Sonic Colors / Sonic Colours

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Sonic Colors (DS)

Developer(s)

Sonic Team (both versions)
Sega (Wii version)
Dimps (DS version)

Publishers(s)

Sega

Series

Sonic the Hedgehog series

Engine

PhysX (Wii only)

Release date(s)

JP 18 November 2010[2]
NA 16 November 2010[2][3]
EU 12 November 2010[2][3]
AUS 11 November 2010[2][3]

Genre(s)

3D/2D Platform (Wii version) 2D Platform (DS version)

Rating(s)

PEGI: 3
ESRB: E
USK: 6
ACB: G

Platform(s)
Media
  • Wii Optical Disc
  • DS Game Card
Input

Wii: Wii Remote (Nunchunk, Nintendo GameCube controller and Classic Controller are optional)
DS: Stylus

Preceded by

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (de facto)
Sonic Unleashed (chronologically (Wii))
Sonic Rush Adventure (chronologically (DS))

Followed by

Sonic Generations

Sonic Colors (ソニック カラーズ Sonikku karāzu?) in Japan and North America, or Sonic Colours in Canada, Europe and Australia, is a game for the Wii and Nintendo DS. It was first announced on 26 May 2010 in a press release by Sega for Italy and included a teaser trailer.

In this video game, Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower investigate the Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park, where Dr. Eggman admits to the public that he has turned over a new leaf and has made an amusement park to make up for his past deeds. Unfortunately, this turns out to be false; as Eggman is actually capturing planets and kidnapping the natives of those planets, known as the alien race as the Wisps. With the power of the Wisps, Sonic goes through the planets to stop Eggman's plan.

Development

Sonic Colors came out on the Wii and the Nintendo DS on late 2010. Much like Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colors for the Wii seamlessly combines both 3D and classic 2D game play perspectives, while the Nintendo DS version takes full advantage of the console's dual screen, similar to the Sonic Rush series. The Wii version was developed by Sega and Sonic Team where the DS version was developed by Sonic Team and Dimps.

The head supervisor was Takashi Iizuka. Morio Kishimoto directed the Wii version of the game while Takao Hiyabayashi directed the Nintendo DS version.

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot, ending details or any kind of information follow.

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Dr. Eggman's Interstellar Amusement Park brochure

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After supposedly developing a sense of remorse for his past misdeeds, Dr. Eggman opens an amusement park called Dr. Eggman's Amazing Interstellar Amusement Park, which is located in space made up of several planet-sized attractions, in order to make up for his transgressions. Suspicious of the doctor's intentions, Sonic and Tails investigate in the amusement park before the opening day. As they comment on how pretty the place is, they see Orbot and Cubot chasing two alien-like creatures; Sonic promptly rescues them, and ends up discovering wonderful powers with some of them. The aliens are called Wisps, and one of them that Sonic saved is named Yacker. In order to communicate with Yacker, Tails builds a translator in his Miles Electric. Through communicating with Yacker (albeit with complications due to the fact that the translator has several glitches that scramble the words), they learn that the other Wisps have been kidnapped by Dr. Eggman, who plans to harness their energy, called Hyper-Go-On, for his nefarious schemes.

Allying with the Wisps and using their powers, Sonic visits multiple planets, liberating the Wisps and shutting down the generators that link them to the amusement park. Eventually, Sonic soon learns that Dr. Eggman is transforming the Wisps into Nega-Wisps and using them as fuel for a mind-control cannon to make Earth the star attraction of his theme park. When Dr. Eggman tries to fire the cannon at the world, a piece of wreckage, created when Sonic destroyed the first boss, causes it to malfunction and explode.

As the amusement park begins to explode, Sonic sends Tails back down the space elevator while Sonic faces Dr. Eggman who is using a powerful robot that harnesses the negative energy of the Wisps. With the help of every type of Wisp, Sonic defeats Eggman with the Final Color Blaster. The malfunctioning cannon creates a black hole that consumes the amusement park and the defeated Eggman. While even Sonic is unable to outrun a black hole, all of the Wisps use their energy to neutralize the black hole and save Sonic as he lies fainted. Yacker changes the Nega Wisps back to normal. Sonic wakes up back on Earth, breathing heavily and looking tired. Tails reprimands Sonic for pushing him into the space elevator but thanked him for handling Eggman all by himself. Yacker arrives to thank them before returning to his planet along with the Wisps.

Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS version of the game has the same scenario, but more brief and no jokes added. The difference is that the translator works perfectly in the DS version. After each world is beaten, Sonic unlocks missions for that planet and his friends appear in it (most of his friends did not appear in the Wii version). Thus, after all of the Chaos Emeralds are collected from Special Stages, there is a special boss called Nega-Mother Wisp. She is actually Yacker's mother who is possessed by the Negative Hyper-go-on energy. Sonic has no choice but to fight her in the form of Super Sonic.

After fighting her, she is able to turn back to her normal form, Mother Wisp. Sonic found out that she is not only Yacker's mother but is the mother of all Wisps and the creator of Planet Wisp. Eggman captures the Mother Wisp before the cutscene "Hyper-go-ons Charging" as it can be assumed the "giant alien" was her. At this point Sonic had just cleared Aquarium Park. However, Eggman does lose control of the Mother Wisp before Sonic clears the 3rd mission in Asteroid Coaster, but he has already turned her into a Nega-Wisp by then.

Characters

Image Characters Biography
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Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic is a hedgehog who loves freedom and the truth. He can’t leave anyone in need of help and he’s spent years rescuing victims from Dr. Eggman’s conniving schemes. He knows better than to believe the rotund scientist, especially when Dr. Eggman claims he’s doing something nice.
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Miles "Tails" Prower Tails is a flying, two-tailed fox who helps Sonic out on his many adventures. Tails’ mechanical genius often gets them out of trouble and helps them stay just ahead of Dr. Eggman’s henchmen. In Sonic Colors , Tails builds a translator that lets them communicate with the Wisps who are being captured by Dr. Eggman.
Yacker
Yacker Yacker is a curly haired White Wisp who barely escaped from Dr. Eggman’s evil robots. He asks Sonic and Tails to help him save the Wisps who are being held captive and the three of them set out on their journey.
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Dr. Eggman Despite being a scientific genius with an IQ of 300, Dr. Eggman’s evil plans are constantly foiled by Sonic. He’s convinced everyone of his generosity with his impressive theme park – everyone but Sonic that is. What is he really after...?
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Orbot Orbot was built by Dr. Eggman to wait on him hand and foot. Though Orbot obeys Dr. Eggman faithfully, he really doesn’t like him very much.
Cubot
Cubot Cubot is another one of Dr. Eggman’s creations, paired with Orbot to perform various duties. He likes Dr. Eggman, but he is lazy and tries to get out of doing any work.

Playable

Non-Playable

Enemies

Voice actors

This game (not counting Sonic Free Riders) is the first game in the main series to feature the new English voice cast, with all voices except for Eggman's being changed.

RoleEnglish voiceJapanese voice
Sonic the Hedgehog Roger Craig Smith Jun'ichi Kanemaru
Miles "Tails" Prower Kate Higgins Ryo Hirohashi
Yacker Utako Yoshino
Dr. Eggman Mike Pollock Chikao Ohtsuka
Orbot Kirk Thornton Mitsuo Iwata
Cubot Wally Wingert Wataru Takagi
Announcer Roger Craig Smith Fumihiko Tachiki

DS-exclusive characters

RoleEnglish voiceJapanese voice
Knuckles the Echidna Travis Willingham Nobutoshi Canna
Blaze the Cat Laura Bailey Nao Takamori
Amy Rose Cindy Robinson Taeko Kawata
Silver the Hedgehog Quinton Flynn Daisuke Ono
Cream the Rabbit Michelle Ruff Sayaka Aoki
Big the Cat Kyle Hebert Takashi Nagasako
Vector the Crocodile Keith Silverstein Kenta Miyake
Espio the Chameleon Troy Baker Yuuki Masuda
Charmy Bee Colleen O'Shaughnessey Youko Teppouzuka
Shadow the Hedgehog Kirk Thornton Kouji Yusa
Rouge the Bat Karen Strassman Rumi Ochiai
E-123 Omega Vic Mignogna Taiten Kusunoki

Stages

The stages (except special stages in the DS version) are accessed by a world map. The 8 stages listed below, Challenge Mode (where each act is played consecutively), and the Options Menu can be selected from the world map.

The Wii version, including boss fights, features seven acts for each of the first six stages, while the seventh stage (Terminal Velocity) has three. In addition, the Game Land area serves as the game's Special Stage equivalent, containing seven "zones" with three acts each, making a grand total of 66 stages to play through.

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Tropical Resort.

A wonderful space park with a view of Sonic's home planet, the visitors riding in their hover cars can enjoy shopping, sight-seeing and lots of fun in the luxurious paradise. Centered around a lush tropical vegetation and urban industrialism, this resort is just to relax and enjoy.

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Sweet Mountain.

A very "sweet" and joyous land comprised of different types of food ranging from candies to hamburgers and even to popcorn. This planetoid is very distinct from the others the entire landscape is mixture between military industrialism and a seemingly infinitely layered cake ground. Sweet Mountain is very beautiful with its candy cane grind rails to its towering burgers, even its mechanical side is breathtaking. Additionally, one of the most beautiful features is its pinkish, peach-orange sky.

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Starlight Carnival.

Starlight Carnival is a space armada set in the darkness of space illuminated by the glowing neon lights that cover everything in sight. The space fleet comes out of worm holes, which transport it around space and bring its big festive light show around the dark space. The tour along pathways of light, through festive starships and across their illuminated and colorful decks is truly an amazing experience.

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Planet Wisp.

Planet Wisp is the home planet of the Wisps. It was once a lush and harmonious little planet in far away space, but the evil Doctor Eggman took the peaceful Wisps' home planet with a powerful tractor beam, and it is currently being constructed into a theme park, so this area is off-limits to park-goers. Planet Wisp is filled with very prominent alien vegetation with a beautiful Earth-like sky, but, due to Eggman, machinery takes at least half of the planet, and lakes of toxic waste can be seen taking over the once clear waters.

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Aquarium Park.

Aquarium Park is a gorgeous and amazing oriental-themed underwater aquarium. Visitors can enjoy the amazing city of pagodas and the countless pools and aquariums filled with all sorts of sea life (and mechas). The Aquarium Park is a planet with a flooded surface; therefore it's made up of many underwater spheres holding cities and sea life combined. Its most comical and famous location is it's sushi restaurant "The Bucket-O'-Sushi", where apparently the food is terrible. They have recently added fish to the menu, primarily an endangered and rare species.

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Asteroid Coaster.

Asteroid Coaster is a theme park centered around wild and dangerous rides. The large rock planet is surrounded by a huge, endless asteroid field, that's also used for the countless roller coasters. These rides run through the asteroid field, vast space, and large planetoids filled with toxic sludge in dangerous curves, loops, and corkscrews in spiky, draconic, skeletal roller coaster carts.

The Asteroid Coaster is the wild, cool, and awesome world for the boyish love of danger, action, and extreme rides.
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Terminal Velocity.

Terminal Velocity is a hay-wire space speedway that takes place on the space elevator, a transportation tower connecting Sonic's home world to Dr. Eggman's amusement park with extreme acceleration and velocity. After a system failure it's starts to crumble leading chunks of the pathway ascending from out of place.

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Game Land.

Game Land is Dr. Eggman's artificial planet of arcade games, that houses its most popular game, the Sonic Simulator, in which players run through 21 levels with an optional pal. Here the player can unlock levels by collecting Red Rings from the other amusement parks to in turn finish the third act of each level which gives the player a Chaos Emerald.

Note: Game Land's levels act as Special Stages. If a set of 3 acts are completed, the player gets a Chaos Emerald at the end of the third. As with most Sonic games, collecting all 7 Chaos Emeralds awards the player with the ability to transform into Super Sonic, although it has to be enabled using the Options Menu.

All the stages above (besides Game Land), once selected, will take the player to the stage-specific area map. Each area map has 6 acts and a boss selectable, and 7 "S" ranks and 30 Special Rings to be earned. However, Terminal Velocity being the final stage has only 2 acts selectable plus the final boss, with no Special Rings to collect.

Special Stages

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Special Stage (Nintendo DS Version).

The DS version has Special Stages in which by completing each, a Chaos Emerald will be received. It is entirely similar to the Special Stages that were used in Sonic Rush, except instead of collecting rings, Sonic will have to collect colorful balls, like in Sonic Heroes. The player needs to collect the spheres of the same colors as the top screen. The rainbow ones can be collected at any time and count as 2 spheres. If they have a number on them, they count as the number they have. There are also checkered ones, that if the player has collected all of them a 10 sphere bonus will be received. Also, there is a special checkered sphere before the end of each round (there are 3 rounds, each one requiring a different sphere color), and if the player touches it, many required colorful spheres will roll from the one side to the other. But the player has to be careful as touching any balls that aren't in the right color will shove them out of the course, disabling their collection.

Wisps

Main article: Wisp

Sonic Colors is the first game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series to introduce the Wisps, the following games they appear in being Sonic Generations and in Sonic Lost World. Wisps are an alien race, whose members serve as power-ups used in the game. Utilizing a certain Wisp makes Sonic use its Hyper-go-on to activate different Color Powers, which can be used by the player to reach alternate paths, collect special rings, destroy enemies or simply to proceed through the stage.

Wisp Color Description
Colours BsicPose Wisps White Fills the Boost Gauge allowing the player to activate the Boost.
Redwisp Red (DS version exclusive) Transforms the player into a fire ball which helps it destroy enemies and dash through obstacles
Orange Wisp - Sonic Colors Artwork - (1) Orange Allows the player to reach higher areas whilst transforming into a rocket.
Yellowwisp Yellow Allows the player to drill underground.
Greeen Wisp - Sonic Colors - (1) Green (Wii version exclusive) Allows the player to transform into a hovercraft to float towards higher areas and dash through a trail of rings in order to gain speed.
Bluewisp Cyan Allows the player to transform into a laser in order to reach areas and destroy enemies at an extremely fast speed.
Dark-Blue-wisp Blue (Wii version exclusive) Transforms hindering blocks into blue rings to access through the level
Pink Wisp - Sonic Colors Artwork - (1) Pink (Wii version exclusive) Pink Wisps allow the player stick onto vertical walls whilst curling into a spike ball.
Wisp Purple Purple (Wii version exclusive) Transforms the player into a giant head with large fangs, allowing it to break through obstacles whilst 'chomping'.
Wisp Violet Violet (DS version exclusive) Transforms the player into a giant ball which sucks in enemies and obstacles.

Music

Quotation1 Since the game has an amusement-park setting and a more fantastical visual style, they're trying to expand the usual "cool" Sonic sound and focus on making fun, up-tempo music that will really get players' blood pumping." Quotation2
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Cover art for Vivid Sound X Hybrid Colors.

The game had its own soundtrack called Vivid Sound X Hybrid Colors produced by Wave Master. It also consists of the main themes and the in-game level music.

The theme song of the game is Reach For The Stars, sung by Jean Paul Makhlouf from the band Cash Cash. The ending theme of the game is Speak With Your Heart, which is also sung by Cash Cash.

Differences between the Wii and the Nintendo DS version

Like Sonic Unleashed, there are a lot of differences between consoles:

  • The Wii version features a similar gameplay to Sonic Unleashed, while the DS version features a gameplay similar to Sonic Rush and Sonic Rush Adventure. This also affects the cutscenes and the game mechanics.
  • The Wii features 6 Acts and a boss per Zone (except in Terminal Velocity), while the DS features 2 Acts and a boss per Zone.
    • The 4 next Acts were replaced by three missions plus a tutorial per Zone.
      • These missions also features characters that aren't present in the Wii version: Cream, Cheese & Milk, Silver and Blaze, Knuckles and Rouge, the Chaotix, Amy & Big, and Shadow and Omega.
  • In the Wii version, Terminal Velocity has 2 Acts and the Boss, while the DS version has only the Boss. However, during the beginning of the Boss, Sonic goes through the area like an Act.
  • There are eight types of Wisps usable in the Wii, while in the DS five Wisps are usable. This makes the Green, Pink, Purple, Blue Wisps exclusive for the Wii, and the Red and Violet Wisps for the DS.
  • The bosses are different between consoles, and the gameplay is different too:
    • The first and fourth boss are Rotatatron and Refreshinator in the Wii, while in the DS the bosses are Globotron and Drillinator.
    • During the second and fifth boss, Sonic starts inside the ship and the fight outside in the Wii, while in the DS Sonic fights outside the ship directly.
    • The third and sixth boss has two frigates in the Wii, but in the DS has only one. ***During the boss Frigate Skullian, the ship is bigger like Orcan and it has a cargo under it, and Sonic runs on a beam of light like the ones from Starlight Carnival in the Wii. But in the DS, Skullian is so smaller than Orcan and the cargo is behind it just like a train, it has a big yellow weak spot like Sonic Rush and Sonic Rush Adventure, and Sonic runs on a path with a similar design of the Skullian.
  • In the Wii, the game begins with the first Act, and the first cutscene where Sonic and Tails went to Tropical Resort is after the second Act. While in the DS the game begins with the first Cutscene, and then the Acts.
    • The scene where they go by the elevator is a remembrance from Sonic when they are in Tropical Resort for the first time in the Wii, while in the DS that scene really happens and then they are there for the first time.
      • After that, they found Orbot and Cubot chasing the Wisps in the Wii, while in the DS Sonic goes through Act 1 one to test the stage and then they found Orbot and Cubot chasing the Wisps.
        • Yacker is accompanied by a Cyan Wisp in the Wii, while in the DS he's accompanied by a White Wisp.
  • In the Wii, the Miles Electric translator functions badly, which makes a lot of jokes during the Cutscenes, while in the DS the translator function correctly and all the jokes were removed.
  • In the Wii Yacker disappears from Sonic and Tails during Planet Wisp, while in the DS he disappears after Aquarium Park, as he appears in all stages' Wisp appearances (except in Asteroid Coaster).
  • The Cutscenes where Eggman, Orbot and Cubot are sucked by the black hole and then they are missing in space do not appear in the DS version.
  • In the Wii version, the Chaos Emeralds can be obtained in Game Land after collecting the Red Star Rings, in the DS version, the Emeralds can be collected by clearing the special stages (which also are exclusive for the DS).
  • In the Wii, the Red Star Rings serve to access to Game Land, while in the DS, the Rings serves to unlock illustrations and music.

Videos

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Sonic Colors Gameplay Trailer HD

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Sonic Colours - Multiplayer (Co-op) Game Land Zone

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Sonic Colors Launch Trailer HD-1

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Sonic Colours - Gameplay Trailer 2

Sonic Colors™ Gameplay Trailer 3 (720 HD)02:03

Sonic Colors™ Gameplay Trailer 3 (720 HD)

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Sonic Colors TV Commercial

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Sonic Colors Gameplay Clips

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Sonic Colors DS Trailer

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Sonic Colors Wii - E3 2010 Trailer


Reception

Previews

A preview of the Official Nintendo Power Magazine gaming studios said that the action was fast, the levels were nice and long, and that there were loads of different routes available through each level. Their favorite Wisp was the Drill Wisp. In the end they mentioned that Sonic was at his best at mimicking Mario elements similar to 2010's hit game Super Mario Galaxy 2. They said the game will be the equivalent of all-daytime stages of Sonic Unleashed.

IGN said that Sonic Colors might be, "The best Sonic game of this generation", praising its level design and fully-packed action with vibrant colors. It also was also nominated as the Best of E3 by IGN, but however, it did not win. Sonic Colors was nominated for Best Platformer Game at Gametrailers E3 2010 awards. Later IGN had given their own review giving it a very positive score of 8.5 which is awarded as the "Editors Choice award" on IGN's behalf on both DS and Wii.

For the DS version they had said that it is one of Sonic's best portable platformers and it had a little classic touch in it. They said that upward slopes and pits was very frustrating, but the boss-fights were great. They said that the levels were very fun as it had great pacing, but one major problem was that the game had no checkpoints and that the player would have to start from the beginning of the level even if the player is in a boss-fight.

For the Wii version, they said that it is one of the most attractive looking games for the Wii that year because of its great animation. They said the music was good for the huge amount of visual stages, from Casino, to parks and interstellar space areas. In addition, they were pleased in the fact that the cast of characters was greatly reduced.

They noted that the game's platforming was good and was similar the platforming of the Mario series. They complained on the game having many extra competitions that made it frustrating, and that the Co-op screen wasn't very fun, noting that "one screen isn't enough for two Sonics."

Review

Reviews for the game were mostly positive, with a Metacritic ranking of 78 for the Wii version and 79 for the DS version,[4][5] and a GameRankings score of 78.84% for the Wii version and 77.07% for the DS version. IGN gave both versions a score of 8.5 and an Editor's Choice Award, calling it "the best Sonic game in 18 years," praising its gameplay, level design and vivid graphics, while criticising some difficulty spikes later in the game, as well as the two player co-op, stating, "One screen isn't enough for two hedgehogs."[6][7] IGN also gave the Wii version the 'Quick Fix Award' in their Best of 2010 awards.[8] Famitsu gave the Wii version 34/40 while the DS version scored 32/40.[9] NGamer gave the Wii game 86%, praising its gameplay and soundtrack, though criticizing some easy and "rehashed" bosses.[10][11] Nintendo Power gave the Wii version of Sonic Colors 9 out of 10, praising the game as "an unequivocal success", and gave the DS version 7.5 out of 10, criticizing the game's short length. On the Nintendo Power awards, Colors won "Best Wii Graphics" and was nominated for "Best Wii Game of the Year."[12] Official Nintendo Magazine gave the game 86% for the Wii version and 85% for the DS version.[13] WiiMagazin, a German gaming magazine, gave the Wii version a 92% and the DS version a 90% rating praising a remark saying, "There is a God, and he's a Sonic-fan".[14] Joystiq gave the game 4 out of 5 stars, saying "Sonic Colors succeeds where so, so many other Sonic games have failed."[15] Eurogamer gave the Wii version 8/10, calling it "stupefyingly fast and utterly thrilling."[16] GameSpot gave the Wii version an 8 out of 10 praising the game's level design, sense of speed, and graphics, but criticizing its bare-bones, poorly-designed co-operative play.[17] CNET reviews gave the game 4 stars, praising that the game offers a mix of 3D action and classic Sonic side-scrolling with dazzling visuals and exhilarating platforming.[18] 1UP gave the Wii version a B+ rank, calling it "the best 3D Sonic in ages."[19] Wired gave the Wii version a 7/10, praising its "Excellent music, colorful graphics" and "fun and varied level design" while criticising its "somewhat twitchy jumping controls" and the fact that later levels "are filled with cheap deaths."[20]

GameTrailers was more critical of the game, citing unresponsive controls and underused Wisp powers, giving the Wii version a 6.4,[21] preferring the DS version, which scored a 7.9.[22] GamesRadar gave the Wii version 7/10, praising the game's replayability while criticizing some 'horribly cheap deaths'.[23] Game Informer gave the Wii version a 7.0 score, criticizing floaty physics and inconsistent difficulty,[24] though it did award the DS version a score of 8.5, saying "Dimps continues its run of entertaining titles with Sonic Colors."[25]

Trivia

  • Orbot's name was first officially known in this game.
  • Eggman's plot is a combination of his classic plots (kidnapping animals, the Wisps) and modern plots (harnessing the powers of foreign beings, also the Wisps).
    • Like the modern plots, the beings in question betray him (the Nega Wisps, despite having been sapped of their energy, dislike him and subsequently join with Sonic; also, the Mother Wisp broke out of Eggman's control as a Nega Wisp in the DS version).
  • This is second game to feature three bosses with counterparts as the three next bosses, the first was Sonic Heroes.
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Sonic Hat

  • If a customer pre-ordered Sonic Colors at GameStop, the customer got a free hat with the look of Sonic's blue quills on their head.
  • This game marks the first time Sonic is able to perform a double jump since Sonic R (and Super Smash Bros. Brawl if counted).
    • Note that the double-jump replaced the jump dash. However, the jump-dash can be pulled off by boosting in midair when the boost gauge is empty. Much like the Wii/PS2 version Sonic Unleashed.
  • The Wisps in the DS version are different than those in the Wii version, with the exception of the Orange, White, Yellow and Cyan Wisps. They can also be used in different way, depending on the version.
  • If the player repeatedly presses the jump button while in water, Sonic will keep jumping higher in the air.
  • This is the last Sonic game developed for the DS, as the handheld version of Sonic Generations is for the Nintendo 3DS.
  • In the E3 demo, when Sonic would activate the "Drill Power" the announcer would say, "Spin!" but in the final version of the game, he says, "Drill!" Also, before activating the power of any Wisps, the announcer would say, "Color!" in the demo version, but in the final build he does not say anything until Sonic activates the power.
  • This is the first time Sonic can perform a Stomp Attack on a handheld console.
  • When Eggman's mind control machine explodes, it hits the moon instead of the earth. This is a direct reference to Sonic Adventure 2.
  • While the DS version of Sonic Colors uses the gameplay engine from Sonic Rush, only the Trick system was removed and the Homing Attack is mapped to the Jump button.
  • This is the first main series 3D Sonic game where Sonic can transform into Super Sonic during the normal stages, though he cannot fight bosses.
  • The Wii version is the first main series 3D game in which the final boss is fought by Sonic in his normal form, as well as being the first where Sonic fights Eggman instead of that games monster. Both of these things would re-occur in each version of Sonic Lost World. The DS version has Super Sonic fight the Nega-Mother Wisp instead.
  • An unused Eggman voice clip reveals that the Wisps' Hyper-go-on energy is more powerful than Chaos energy. But this may not be the case as Super Sonic is able to beat Nega-Mother Wisp in the DS version.
  • During one of Eggman's announcements, he mentions a yellow car with license plate "1NOM155" is about to get hit by an asteroid. This could be a reference to Crazy Taxi (another Sega game) as one of the characters, Axel, drives a taxi with the same license plate.
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    An image showing the screen of the Miles Electric.

  • Towards the end of the game, the Miles Electric's screen is shown. Earlier in the game, Tails says that the translations on there are in binary code, but the code shown on the device is in hexadecimal format (Tails may have switched it to a better code offscreen). The bottom line of code translates to: "If you can read this, youXfre a geek!".
  • Unlike the other games, Sonic does not get an extra life upon gaining 100 rings in the Wii version. However, he does in the DS version.
    • By achieving an A/S Rank on any act, the player will earn 1/3 lives on both versions respectively. But in the Wii version, the player must reach for all the lives. On the DS version, they are automatically added instead.
    • When Sonic attacks the 'text' while in the result screen (using moves such as Sonic Boost and Stomp), an extra life may pop out.
  • In DS version, Cheese is missing his bow-tie.
  • The DS version uses some CGI cutscene footage from the Wii version such as the opening, but still uses speech bubbles for characters in most cases.
  • Sonic acts surprised that Dr. Eggman captured an entire planet, even though he has already done this with the Little Planet in Sonic CD.
  • During an act, when Super Sonic mode is activated, any Wisps' power cannot be used except from the White Wisp.
  • This is the first 3D Sonic game where, if the player starts a new game, the player is taken to the first stage immediately rather than showing a cutscene first or even saving a file.
  • The DS version of this game takes the drowning tune out of Sonic Rush.
  • In the cutscene after the credits to show what happens to Eggman after the ending, Cubot says "What's up with those things anyway?"  However, the subtitles say "What's up with those guys anyway?"
  • In the back of the box of the game (the US Version), there is text that says "And preform new moves". It is supposed to say: "And perform new moves." Ironically, this is not a misspelling of any sort, but rather the wrong word.
    • Also, in the instruction manual (both versions), "Nega Wisp" is accidentally misspelled as "Mega Wisp".
  • This game is one of the few games where the regular boss fights are against Eggman's unmanned robots rather than Eggman in a manned robot.
  • This is the second main series game where any variation of the Tornado does not make an appearance.
  • When Orbot installs a new voice chip for Cubot, he says "The think bone's connected to the talk bone... the talk bone's connected to the mouth bone". This is a reference to Dem Bones, a traditional song written by James Weldon Johnson.
  • In the DS version of Aquarium Park, aquarium is misspelled as 'acquarium'.
  • This is the first Sonic game in which none of the stages are on Earth, they are all on individual planets.
  • The Wii version is the first main series Sonic game in which the Chaos Emeralds are not involved in the story.
  • The game brings back some characteristics of the classic games, such as underwater access and pushing boxes.
  • Most enemies are taken from classic games as well, such as Moto Bugs, Buzzers, Crabmeats, Choppers and Egg Pawns.
  • The Frenzy and Void wisps are revealed as Nega-Wisps in the Wii version manual and in the final cutscene.
  • According to a Nintendo magazine from Mexico, named Club Nintendo, this game is considered as a spin-off title. However, this game is actually a main series title from the Sonic franchise.
  • During the cutscene where Tails first translates Yacker, Sonic "breaks the fourth Wall" by looking at the screen, saying that he is "gonna stick with aliens, if that's okay with everyone."
  • The different colored levels in Game Land show similarities to levels in the different areas, such as that the green levels appear similar to those in Tropical Resort.
  • When Sonic runs, his fists are noticeably not closed when they're behind his back. Instead, they are left open similar to his running animation in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, except when boosting, they remain closed. This was also repeated in Sonic Generations.
  • Even though Eggman says he already has a revenge plan at the end of the game, it is unknown what this "plan" could be, as in Sonic Generations, he seems to abandon it in favor of the Time Eater.
  • In the English version of Sonic Colors, Sonic makes it clear that he will call the Wisps "aliens". In the Japanese version, Sonic always calls them by their correct name, Wisps.
    • However, in the unused English voice clips, Sonic does refer to them as Wisps.
  • Some parts of Final Boss music sounds similar to "Endless Possibility" from Sonic Unleashed.
  • In the DS version, using the Sonic Boost on the water surface or in underwater changes it from a rainbow Color to its traditional color.
  • In the DS version, when the black hole is created, Wii Wisps are seen in the background and rescues Sonic. A Blue Wisp is seen rescuing him.
  • In the Wii version, Simulator Sonic can change colors by pressing various buttons on the Wii Remote (and Nunchuk).
  • It has been revealed that there is a secret pathway in aquarium park act 3 that leads to a second goal ring. The path consists of quick step, 2d paths, 3d paths, enemies (with boost), speed pads, speed ramps, springs and pulleys! There is also a way to enter the act 4 section of the level, but you don't get far unless you can use underwater physics on land.

Gallery

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