Sonic Colors is an outer worldly experience featuring gamer's favorite blue hedgehog as he and Tails attempt to foil whatever nefarious plot Eggman has up his sleeve. Arriving via an Earth to space elevator at Eggman's space amusement park, Sonic rushes in to save a wisp, this games powerups as well as the beings in need of saving. What is Eggman planning with them and can Sonic save them? Well you have to dive in to find out, as I wont spoil the plot.
From the start, the game throws one in and through "?" on the levels, introduces players to the controls (if they so wish). The game features numerous control schemes including the gamecube controller. I used Wiimote + Nunchuk for the sake of playing with any Wiimote shaking and movement they threw in (which is shaking the Wiimote to use any powerup). The shaking never gets too onerous unless one has to constantly activate a powerup, but that is only in the sake of collecting every red coin on a level. There are about 180 of these red coins scattered throughout the games stages (6 in each act) that when collected will unlock something special! There is no "true" ending so one does not need to collect them all. A player is also awarded a rank for finishing a stage, though once again, getting the highest rank isnt required for something special. Player times can also be shared via leaderboard online. The powerups are creative and useful for getting through stages, as many stages have special routes, so playing and returning to stages once more wisps powers are unlocked are vital. An example of a wisp power is a rocket that can be used to transform Sonic into a rocket and he can blast off high into the air then hover downwards.
Worlds are pretty colorful and varied, one is a mountain of sweets, another is a tropical resort, and another is a carnival type theme. There are more, but once again I wont spoil them. Ultimately, theres enough variety that players should be able to not get too tired of playing the same type and there are just enough to also easily have favorites. Some of the levels are a bit mindblowing, such as the carnival one makes the level materialize right in front of Sonic, while others have numerous spirals, loops and rails to slide on...theres even a rollercoaster!
The game looks great for a Wii game, colorful, bright, and occasionally interesting lighting effects and particle effects. The graphics are so good that one has to truly play it on a big screen to take all the color and such in. It would have been interesting to see this game in HD, if they had made it. Cutscenes look great too, the voice acting was believable and great (some purposefully cheesy but hilarious lines too), and the musical selections were awesome. The themes for the intro (Reach for the Stars) is fitting and is always great to sit through when booting the game up. The ending theme too is memorable and fitting. The soundtrack was good and perhaps SEGA knew this as they did release the soundtrack on iTunes immediately after the game came out.
Ultimately, if one is looking for THE Sonic game to play, Sonic Colors is the one. With no drastically "night and day" difference in gameplay, it is just Sonic in a pure form speeding through levels and saving the helpless, essentially, doing that which he does best. Truly check it out and "reach for the stars!"
*Local multiplayer was not played, though it is in the game, separate multiplayer stages*
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The diabolical Dr. Eggman has hatched another plan for world domination! He has built an amazing interstellar amusement park, floating in space around Sonic’s home planet, bursting with incredible rides and attractions. However, all is not as it seems as Dr. Eggman has abducted an alien race called Wisps and is harnessing their colorful energy to fuel a sinister plot. However, before Dr. Eggman completes his evil plans, Sonic discovers his mysterious theme park in space. When he arrives, Sonic finds he is also able to use these alien powers and is ready to help! Sonic will need all his speed and skill as he faces this test, but, empowered by the alien energy, it’s a test he’ll pass with flying colors!