Sonic Mania for Android is an upcoming side-scrolling platform game developed by Headcannon and PagodaWest Games and published by Sega for Android ,Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. An installment in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, the game was produced in commemoration of the franchise’s 25th anniversary. Sonic Mania for Android is largely inspired by the original Sonic the Hedgehog games released for the Sega Genesis, and features 2D graphics and remastered versions of stages from previous games alongside new stages. The player controls Sonic the Hedgehog and his companions Miles “Tails” Prower and Knuckles the Echidna as they venture to defeat their nemesis Doctor Robotnik, and his henchmen, the Hard-Boiled Heavies.
Development of Sonic Mania for Android was led by programmer Christian “Taxman” Whitehead and Simon “Stealth” Thomely, who had previously worked on enhanced ports of early Sonic games. Art, level design, audio, and additional programming were provided by the independent studios Headcannon and PagodaWest Games, chosen for their work in the Sonic fangame community. Reception to Sonic Mania has been favorable, with critics highlighting its faithfulness to past entries, and some believing that the game could mark the positive return of the series critically, which has been seen as mostly negative after a number of poorly-received titles that were released after the 1990s. The game will be released worldwide in August 2017.
Sonic Mania for Android is a sprite-based side-scrolling platformer in the style of the earlier Sonic games released for the Sega Genesis. Players control one of three playable characters, each with their own unique abilities: Sonic the Hedgehog can perform a “drop dash” which sends him rolling in a dash after a jump, Miles “Tails” Prower can fly and swim, and Knuckles the Echidna can glide and climb walls. Players can also play as Sonic and Tails simultaneously; players control Sonic while Tails runs alongside, or a second player can control Tails separately.
Sonic Mania for Android takes place over several levels, called zones. Each zone is divided into two acts, in which the player must guide their character to defeat Doctor Robotnik and his new henchmen, the “Hard-Boiled Heavies”, customized versions of the Eggrobo enemies from Sonic & Knuckles. Similar to Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, the game’s story will be told via short in-engine cutscenes to transition between levels. Sonic Mania for Android features original levels alongside “remixed” levels from past games, such as Green Hill Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Scattered around acts are golden rings, which serve as a form of health: players survive hits as long as they have at least one ring, but their rings will scatter and disappear. Television monitors contain rings, elemental shields, or power-ups such as invincibility and speed. Giant rings, a feature of the original games, are hidden throughout levels; the rings lead to special stages based on those in Sonic CD, in which players must chase down a UFO through a 3D environment to obtain a Chaos Emerald.
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