Sonic Lost World

 

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Fast-paced addition to classic hedgehog hero franchise.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The story line is not the most fleshed-out tale ever told in a video game, but this is a feel-good game that puts players in the shoes of an altruistic, against-all-odds hero. It hammers home the message that good will always triumph over evil.

Positive role models

Sonic the Hedgehog is an iconic video game hero. His quest to selflessly save the world from the wrath of the evil animal-robot-creating Dr. Eggman may not be the most relatable story, but he delivers a resonating "good guy" message.

Ease of play

The myriad controls in this game take some time to get used to, and, even after you master the controls, there are points where various sections can be especially difficult. At the end of the day, what the game requires is perfecting hand-eye coordination and memorizing various parts of the layout of each stage. So it can be challenging, but most players will be able to get through the game if they give it the required amount of focus and attention.

Violence

Although the action is intense and fast-paced, the violence is little more than Sonic jumping on a variety of fantastical robot creatures. The robots explode and disappear when defeated. The only human enemy is the main villain, Eggman, who's usually insulated in some kind of contraption and thus does not really get harmed himself.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sonic Lost World is a fast-paced "platformer" game wherein the seemingly simple goal is to get from the start of each stage to the end. Along the way, of course, there's no shortage of hazards as well as enemy robots to get in the way. Players need to "attack" these robots to rack up high scores and ultimately make their way to the boss levels to take on the true enemy, Dr. Eggman. Although there's a frenetic pace to the game, as well as concepts of attacking enemies, it's all very colorful and fantastical in nature. The violence is cartoony and pretty mild.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • patterns
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • strategy
  • thinking critically

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

What Kids Can Learn

Sonic Lost World wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • patterns
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • strategy
  • thinking critically

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Sonic Lost World wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mark Raby

What's it about?

SONIC LOST WORLD continues the age-old tale of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, wherein the quick-witted blue hedgehog hero must race across all kinds of terrain to stop his nemesis, Dr. Eggman, from moving ahead with his latest plot to destroy the planet. Although the story line is toned down by a very cartoon-style, tongue-in-cheek presentation, players still feel the sense of urgency and responsibility to foil Eggman's plans. Along the way, players are confronted with a series of powerful villains known as Eggman's \"Deadly Six.\" Once players vanquish these foes, they will be on their way to confront Eggman directly and restore peace to the planet once again.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Sonic Lost World lives up to the franchise's decades-long emphasis on speedy, fast-paced action and takes it to the next level. Players rarely even get a chance to enjoy the beautifully designed levels and landscape as they tear through each level with supersonic speed. Players will need to maneuver through the vast terrains as quickly as possible, moving left and right, jumping up and down, and occasionally even running upside down as the crazy levels twist and turn with rapid intensity. This fast-paced nature keeps the game interesting, if difficult and even frustrating at times.

Players also need to master a variety of special moves, controls, and attacks, making it as much a game of strategy and skill as one of speed and agility. Although this makes the game exciting, it also feels a bit empty since players are mainly worried about speeding through the levels rather than enjoying each one. It causes the experience to lose some of the classic Sonic personality. Nevertheless, it is a high-speed adventure worth the time of any Sonic the Hedgehog fan.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the aspect of jumping on and destroying Dr. Eggman's robotic enemies. Is this a violent act? Would it be different if the enemies were humans and not robots?

  • Who is someone you look up to in real life? Are there truly selfless heroes out there?

  • This game is fast-paced and requires a lot of focus and attention. Are there other things you do on a daily basis that require the same kind of attention?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:October 22, 2013
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U)

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old November 23, 2013
age 10+
 

Best Sonic Game in the Modern Sonic franchise!!!

Well I'm a average 10 year-old boy and I think this game joined the comebacks (1/2 of Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colors, and Sonic Generations) in the franchise of Sonic The Hedgehog and it adds a lot of replay-ability and moves from Comics/TV shows and Past/New Games, (Spin-Dash, Flying Kick, Parkour, more Wisps, and the Deadly, Six but no boosts, drifts, and quick-steps) plus this game is game is exclusive to the Wii U and 3DS(Because of SEGA's partnership with NINTENDO... including Dimps) and has a greatly advanced Homing-Attack, so in Conclusion me, being a Sonic Fan from 2007 till the presents, has earned it!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byAustin The Miru November 8, 2014
age 5+
 
LEARNING

Quite Possibly the Worst Sonic Game Ever Made

This game is pretty much the opposite of what the main review claims it is. The game is slow, gimmicky, and childish. None of the characters are likable at all. Sonic is a one-dimensional jerk, Tails is a one-dimensional primadonna, and the Deadly Six run the gamut from boring to outright offensive. The graphics and gameplay are both of abysmal quality, but the story is what truly breaks it. * Sonic's remarks to Zeena tell children "No. Bad guys bad." Previous Sonic games, as well as the comics, followed a Rosseau was Right mantra, showing most villains redeemed and the few who did die, like Mephiles, were shown to be far too gone to be redeemed. The Deadly Six are instead a bunch one one-dimensional crooks, whom, despite their utter incompetence, are treated as terrifyingly evil and are left to die at the end. * Sonic, as I mentioned before, is a total jerk with few to no redeeming factors. So is Tails * Robotnik is constantly abused because "Bad guy", even though he has done nothing wrong. * None of the other characters do anything. One can argue Amy was being somewhat decent, but Knuckles does absolutely nothing and Orbot and Cubot are simply obnoxious beyond belief.
Adult Written byChrisH. November 25, 2014
age 14+
 
LEARNING
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Too much violence
Too much swearing

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