Sonic Colors

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Fast (too fast?), exciting chapter in this hedgehog story.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 25 reviews

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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.


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
Parent Written byobnoxiousm May 6, 2011

Best 3D Sonic Game; Nightmare Fuel for Adult Players

Sonic Colors is probably the best Sonic game since Sonic 3 & Knuckles. It's not my favorite, but it is the best. It has a wonderful, whimsical, hil... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byrusted November 15, 2020

Sonic colors

Sonic colors is the second game in the “boost” formula of sonic games. coming after 2008’s unleashed. Sonic colors story is very childish and really reminds me... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byOpinionKid August 22, 2020

ALMOST The Perfect Modern Sonic Game

Sonic Colors is the first 3D Sonic game that I played. There are many high points of the game, and a few details that could made better. The game was overall ve... Continue reading

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

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Sega of America
  • Release date: November 16, 2010
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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