Sonic Lost World

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced addition to classic hedgehog hero franchise.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

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

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 & Representations

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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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChrisH. November 25, 2014
Adult Written byAustin The Miru November 8, 2014

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.... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 23, 2013

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 franchis... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 9, 2016

Sonics greatest battle (sort of).

This game is great for kids because it contains great role models, great positive messages, and is very easy to play.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love fast action and superheroes

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