The face of SEGA has
returned on the revolutionary Wii console in Sonic and the Secret
Rings that returns the franchise to its original humble beginnings
with classic high speed gameplay and stunning 21st century graphics.
The story of Secret Rings revolves around
our favourite hedgehog hero who is
visited by a genie in his dreams who gives Sonic the quest of
stopping a nefarious genie that has discovered how to escape his
book of Arabian Nights and enter the world of Sonic.
incarnations of Sonic, the gamer enters a variety of fantasy based worlds
(seven to be exact) in order to collect magic rings and ensure that Erazor remains in his 2D world.
Although Erazor may be in a 2D
world, the gameplay is pure 3D enjoyment where you must run, fight
and think your way out of a plethora of issues. These levels are
quite varied and diverse that include an ancient prehistoric level
with dinosaurs and other strange beasts to something more familiar
to a world of pirates and damsels in distress.
The gameplay of Sonic
and the Secret Rings offers a variety of challenges to the gamer
such as running from one end of the level to another in a set time
or locating and fighting a boss character but as you progress, more
and more challenges are opened to the player, ensuring the replaybility of the title. As you progress through the game, the
player is also awarded experience points that can assist Sonic in
upgrading his abilities in order to successfully complete the game.
Once again the
Nintendo Wii controls are used to give a truly unique gaming
experience such as moving the control sideway in order to turn Sonic
left or right, with the other buttons used to run and jump. The
challenge is navigating Sonic through a highly detailed 3D world and
watching out for whatever obstacles come in your way.
In order to
attack your enemies, Sonic needs to basically jump on them or even
use obstacles to assist in the process. Needless to say, there is a
tutorial level and you will definitely die numerous times before
mastering the control system but it is a riveting experience.
The developers have
also included a variety of great multiplayer mini-games that allows
you play up to three players in some outrageous activities such as
shooting balloons or paddling a canoe and would be a great
introduction for those who have never played a Wii before. With that
said, the more experience gamer may not get as much entertainment
and replay value out of it compared the newly Christened Wii gamer.
and the Secret Rings is a visual treat that contains massive draw
distance, highly detailed background environments and a variety of
sharp and colorful environments. The sense of speed is truly
awe-inspiring and you really get the notion that Sonic is running at
Apart from the gaming environments, the title also
contains a variety of special effects from lighting to explosions
and also some highly detailed characters that appear to have been taken from a Saturday morning cartoon. Great stuff! As with the
graphics, the musical score of Sonic features your traditional
sounding SEGA theme song with a plethora of entertaining affects.
In conclusion, Sonic
and the Secret Rings brings classic Sonic to a modern
platform with exceptional graphics, entertaining gameplay and an easy
yet sometimes frustrating control system. It's time to run again!