Sonic Colors

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
Sonic Colors Game Poster Image
Fast (too fast?), exciting chapter in this hedgehog story.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

In this very cartoony story, good guys are good and bad guys are bad. There's no moral ambiguity. The characters who are kind, helpful, and brave are the ones you're supposed to like and relate with.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sonic is a clear-cut hero, who does what he needs to in order to rescue aliens in need.

Ease of Play

There are several different control schemes you can choose from. Tilting the Wii remote to steer proves a bit tricky since the game moves at such a fast speed. However, attaching a nunchuk and using its control stick to steer feels like it gives you much more control over the action. Newbies might have trouble with the tutorial system, though: you can receive instructions whenever you hit a big question mark on a course, but if you're not great with steering your high-speed hedgehog, you can easily miss the tutorial points and never get the instructions you need.

Violence & Scariness

As Sonic zips along, he performs spin attacks to destroy robot enemies, which sometimes explode. There are also longer boss battles (also against robots) that require repeated attacks.

Language
Consumerism

Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the longer running franchises in video game-dom, and has books, cartoons, and toys associated with it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sonic Colors is the latest in a very long line of Sonic the Hedgehog games. It's a cartoony action tale that features violence only against robots. The plot does involve a villain kidnapping cute innocent aliens, however. As is typical of Sonic games, the action moves incredibly fast as Sonic zips along, and it can actually be disorienting for some players.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChrisH. November 24, 2014
Adult Written byjoshua martinez November 23, 2010

8 and up.

Sonic Colors is a perfect game for your young kids to enjoy and parents the only thing you need to worry is the mild cartoon violence in this game but overall t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheHonestTruth March 8, 2011
This game went a notch up from what I was expecting. I'm not a big fan of the sonic fanchise but I gave this game a shot and ended up renting it. One conce... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEclipes December 19, 2010

game beater

i love that game i eat the hole game in 2 days and got super sonic in 1 day

What's it about?

The evil Dr. Eggman seems to have changed his ways in SONIC COLORS. He's built an intergalactic amusement park to provide fun for the whole galaxy. Sonic the Hedgehog is suspicious, though, and when he visits, he discovers that the park is just a trap to help Eggman take cute little aliens captive. As Sonic races around and saves the aliens, called Wisps, they each provide him with a special power. Depending on the color of the wisp, it may give him an extra speed boost, let him fly, help him stick to walls, or even become indestructible for a brief time.

Is it any good?

Sonic Colors feels like one of the better entries in this long-running game series. Sure, those not used to Sonic games can get disoriented by the insane speed at which it plays (heck, even Sonic veterans can be), but that ridiculous pace has always been part of Sonic's appeal. This new game caters to both old-school and new-gen gamers, as it flips back and forth between 3-D and 2-D sidescrolling formats -- often within the same level. The new powers are fun to use when you can manage to snatch them up, and the vibrant worlds full of hidden detours are exciting to re-explore after you've completed them initially. The tutorial system certainly could have been planned out better, but beyond that, this is a solid game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fighting action in the game. Sonic only fights robots. Is violence less impactful when it's enacted against non-human characters?

  • Would the game feel different if the bad guys were alien creatures? What if they were humans?

Game details

For kids who love action games

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate