Parents' Guide to

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Speedster hedgehog ventures forth into RPG-land.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

I really love this game!

It's a good RPG game and is really underrated. It's my favorite Sonic game and the best one on the original DS. It's much better than the Mario and Luigi RPG games, though it isn't as good as The World Ends With You or the Pokemon games. It still has enough depth to keep a person engaged story wise and is great for kids who are old enough to read or for kids at heart looking for a more puzzley touch screen RPG that isn't The World Ends With You. My only complaint is that unless you are going for a 100% complete game with both Cream and Omega unlocked it doesn't take very long at all at 15 hours which is 5 hours less than the reviewer mentioned (I played it on my New 2DS XL which has an Activity Log to keep track of the hours spent on each game). Other than the game being short, I really like it and it's got a good enough story to have significant replay value in my opinion. Plus Shade is one of the best Sonic characters ever and it's too bad this is the only game she appears in.
age 8+


This game was great! the violence was perfect!

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (5):

BioWare, the game developer, impressively put a lot into a game. The graphics and cut scenes are full of personality and panache. The characters and story become really interesting one-third of the way through. And the battle system comes with a variety of ways to combat enemies by using all of Sonic's pals. But by trying to do everything their way, some elements were left out.

After a few hours of play, you'll find that battles take too long and can get boring, despite the variety of so-called POW moves, which are implemented via the touch screen. You do have to play a mini-game to make sure you hit your opponent with the POW move, but these sometimes don't have enough diversity in them. As with many RPGs, you must do a lot of exploring for not much payoff. Plus you meet a lot of the same enemies when backtracking. And yet, you have to applaud this detailed effort that's often brilliant. For instance, you'll like discovering Chao eggs, which, when put in your garden, grow up to be powerful helpers in battle. You can trade Chao wirelessly, too, if your pal has another Sonic Chronicles game. So while the new Sonic isn't perfect, overall, it's joy to play.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Sega of America
  • Release date: September 30, 2008
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: March 21, 2019

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