Parents' Guide to

Sonic the Hedgehog

By Bobbi Dempsey, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Atrocious design problems sink Sonic.

Game Xbox 360 2006
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 9+

Unpopular opinion: I like this game!

I love sonic games and unpopular opinion I like this game! A few glitches along the way but not many. Good game! I could go on of what I like but that will take too long.
age 2+

It's Sonic, there's the reason why to play it.

This game is a classic! It's far superior to other games even in this era! The game is well-made with little to no glitches. The story is great, and so are the characters. My favorite character is the realistic-looking female who gets saved by Sonic. This game is a true masterpiece! It's better than Red Dead Redemption 2 and Breath of the Wild!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (51 ):

The camera angles stink -- most of the time, the camera sticks to the player, but when you are faced with the task of defeating a robot more than four times your size, you won't even begin to know how to contain him on your screen, much less attack him. On other occasions, Sonic will be going too fast for the camera, which will, inevitably, lead to death. The quirky controls can be every bit as frustrating. Another problem: the checkpoints are few and far between and extra lives are unheard of.

Sonic does do some things right. You can control a cast of vastly different characters. The graphics, at times, look like they belong on an Xbox 360, and the cut-scenes look really great. But take everything into account, and even diehard fans of the series will have trouble making it through the entire game - this one's not even a renter.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Sega of America
  • Release date: November 14, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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