A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Sonic is out the save the world from the corrupted King Arthur. Along the way, he philosophizes that there must be more to life than simply serving a king.
Violence & Scariness
Even thought Sonic and his cohorts wield massive swords, face off against knights of old, and fight enemies with lances and crossbows, the enemies simply disappear in a whimsical smoke when vanquished.
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Products & Purchases
Sonic is a franchise of characters, comic books, video games, and television shows. This game furthers the commercialism of the Sonic brand.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is the second game in the Sonic Storybook Series, which means it takes Sonic on an adventure through a classic tale, but with a twist. This is not your typical fast-paced, collect-rings-as-Sonic-dashes by game. This tale of corruption due to too much power features a lot of fantasy violence with enchanted swordplay, but the action is usually so fast and furious it's tough to get a feel for exactly what is happening onscreen. The game does offer an online mode, which amounts to leader boards for challenge levels. Also, a local only multiplayer mode offers up to four players battles, or co-operative play to fight some in-game characters.
Is It Any Good?
The story segments of the game help drive the title forward, but the gaming segments are quite short and could leave older kids slightly disappointed with the lack of action. Objectives in levels range from giving coins to villagers via a sequence of button presses, to simply making it to the end of a short obstacle filled path. While moving through the levels, Sonic can move forward at a quick pace through a predetermined path – with only slight variations of positon on the track. In later levels, multiple paths do open up offering a little more choice.
Unfortunately, Sonic is quite tough to control. Swinging the Wii Remote to control the sword sounds fine in theory, but in practice the imperfect motion controls can cause players to miss enemies and open themselves to attacks. Even something as simple as the left and right positional movement on the otherwise static paths is almost always fatally flawed; and any sense of speed gets lost due to this buggy control scheme. Even diehard Sonic fans might want to rent versus buy.
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