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Okay
Game functions with major graphical or audio glitches, but game is playable from start to finish with workarounds.
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Sonic Mania

Experience the ultimate celebration of past and future in Sonic Mania, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with stunning HD retro-style graphics. Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength. You can re-live the Sonic of the past with an exciting new twist on classic zones while fighting against new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army. Go head to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend. Sonic Mania was developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games in collaboration with Sonic Team. Welcome to Sonic Mania!

Summary

Sonic Mania is a 2017 platform game published by Sega for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows. Produced in commemoration of the Sonic the Hedgehog series’ 25th anniversary, Sonic Mania homages the original Sega Genesis Sonic games, featuring speedy side-scrolling gameplay. It takes place over twelve levels, including eight redesigned stages from past games. The story follows Sonic the Hedgehog and his companions Tails and Knuckles as they venture to defeat their nemesis Doctor Eggman and his robotic henchmen, the Hard-Boiled Heavies.

The development team was composed of members known for their work in the Sonic fangame and ROM hacking community. Development began after lead developer Christian “Taxman” Whitehead, who was previously contracted by Sega to develop enhanced mobile ports of Genesis Sonic games, presented a playable prototype to Sonic Team producer Takashi Iizuka. Art, level design, audio, and additional programming was provided by independent studios PagodaWest Games and Headcannon. The team used Whitehead’s Retro Engine and aimed for a graphical quality between Genesis and Sega Saturn games.

Sonic Mania was released worldwide in August 2017. Many reviewers saw it as a return to form for the Sonic series following a number of poorly received games released after the 1990s; its presentation, level design, music, and faithfulness to the early Sonic games were praised, but its lack of originality was criticized. Several described it as one of the best Sonic games and one of the best games of 2017. Within a year, it had sold over one million copies worldwide across all platforms. Sonic Mania Plus, an enhanced version with additional content, was released in July 2018.

Compatibility

Build Date Tested By Hardware Version Rating
02/13/2019 MoRo on 02/13/2019 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700K CPU @ 3.70GHz
GeForce RTX 2060/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Canary Build
9b29ce4
Great
02/13/2019 Xythrr_Wolf on 02/14/2019 Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-8130U CPU @ 2.20GHz
Intel(R) UHD Graphics 620
Windows
Nightly Build
cd542d5
Great
01/19/2019 MagicDiablo on 01/20/2019 AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega Graphics
Radeon RX 580 Series
Windows
Canary Build
57220c6
Intro/Menu
01/14/2019 Slash on 01/19/2019 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7600K CPU @ 3.80GHz
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Canary Build
c427e5e
Perfect
12/31/2018 ReinUsesLisp on 01/02/2019 Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G4560 @ 3.50GHz
GeForce GT 1030/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Canary Build
2cc9bdd
Great
12/31/2018 thebenjibenji on 01/01/2019 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700K CPU @ 3.70GHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Canary Build
2cc9bdd
Intro/Menu
12/27/2018 ReinUsesLisp on 12/27/2018 Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G4560 @ 3.50GHz
GeForce GT 1030/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Canary Build
03a06b5
Great
12/19/2018 lostromb on 12/21/2018 AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Six-Core Processor
GeForce GTX TITAN X/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Canary Build
77a73fc
Great
12/19/2018 naruga on 12/19/2018 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Canary Build
5f2655e
Intro/Menu
12/8/2018 3Edu on 12/08/2018 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Canary Build
324f1a6
Won't Boot