Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. Jul 16, 2018
    95
    Really, no matter how you look at it, Sonic Mania is a huge success and Sonic Mania Plus is a celebration of that success thanks to smart physical edition design and items and valuable new in-game content. At only $30, it’s a superb deal and a release I would recommend be on anyone’s short list of must-haves.
  2. Jul 10, 2018
    95
    Racing through remixed and all new zones at blistering speeds is reminiscent of old Sonic while also surpassing it in almost every way. The new characters they bring to Sonic Mania Plus are excellent additions to the stable of playable critters, so it’s somehow an even better package than Sonic Mania was last year.
  3. 95
    Somehow, Christian Whitehead and team have made the definitive version of Sonic even more definitive. The genuinely challenging stages are chock-full of secrets, and will require multiple playthroughs to find everything they have to offer.
  4. Jul 16, 2018
    93
    Sonic Mania was the perfect homage to the classic hedgehog games. Plus version adds two new characters, 4 player coop split screen, new game modes and a great physical edition, so it gets even better.
  5. Aug 3, 2018
    90
    Sonic Mania Plus is a must-have for gaming fans of all types. If you're a fan of the Genesis games, this is exactly what you've been waiting for. If you're more of a new fan, Sonic Mania Plus shows you why the series was so revered in the first place. If you already own the main title, the DLC is an excellent add-on at a reasonable price, especially for the amount of stuff you'll get.
  6. Aug 2, 2018
    90
    This edition of Sonic Mania takes everything that was great from its initial release and boosts it even further. The updated menus along with new modes and other updates give us one of the best Sonic games ever made.
  7. Jul 16, 2018
    90
    Sonic Mania Plus cranks the game up to eleven with its new content and it is a must-play for fans of the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2D platformers.
  8. Jul 16, 2018
    90
    The ‘Plus’ additions are minor but this is still a touching, and highly playable, labour of love by fans that understand Sonic The Hedgehog better than Sega themselves.
  9. Jul 14, 2018
    90
    Sonic Mania Plus is an outstanding director's cut for a masterpiece in the Sonic franchise.
  10. Jul 10, 2018
    90
    While it was already a fantastic package on the outset, this new update makes it even better than before. If you missed Sonic Mania the first time around, now is the perfect time to catch up.
  11. Jul 10, 2018
    90
    A year or so after the release of Sonic Mania comes Sonic Mania Plus, a version that adds new stuff like 2 more playable characters - Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the squirrel (who is not very pleasant), a competition mode for 4 players and more importantly Bis Mode that let us discover redesigned levels, great for those who know the original by heart. And it's still an extraordinary platformer for the blue hedgehog's fans.
  12. 90
    With some smart alterations to the base game provided free of charge, and brand new ways to play both the original and new remixed stages, Sonic Mania Plus is a fantastic encore to one of the best platformers in recent years. This edition is perfect for those looking to give the game another spin.
  13. Jul 23, 2018
    86
    Simply put, even if you've never played a Sonic game, you'll still have a ton of fun within the exciting world of Sonic Mania Plus.
  14. Jul 31, 2018
    85
    Sonic Mania Plus doubles the fun with new levels, two very interesting characters and even a new game mode.
  15. Jul 30, 2018
    85
    Sonic Mania is a celebration of everything that made Sonic the Hedgehog such an enduring, beloved character. Plus adds to that, making one of the best Sonic games in decades even better.
  16. Jul 17, 2018
    85
    Sonic Mania Plus is an excellent game made for fans by fans.
  17. Jul 16, 2018
    85
    Sonic Mania Plus is an essential upgrade if you already own and enjoy the original version of the game. Newcomers should also give this updated offering a look, as it captures what made classic Sonic uniquely appealing, while fixing some of the base game’s shortcomings. Sonic Mania Plus still has a few lingering issues, but, overall, this heartfelt hedgehog homage has been honed to the next level.
  18. Jul 16, 2018
    85
    Two new heroes and some new little things do the trick… Or almost. Even if we’d like more new levels, Sonic Mania Plus is still a great game loaded with good ideas, and it’s still a superb tribute to good old Sonic.
  19. Aug 23, 2018
    80
    Those looking for more Sonic could do far worse than this title, but don’t expect the extras to live up to the lofty standards set by Mania Mode.
  20. Aug 13, 2018
    80
    Sonic Mania is easily the best Sonic I’ve played and also manages to be a return to the classic Genesis style. While recreating some aspects of the 90’s experience meant dealing with annoying things like running out of lives and restarting entire zones, it didn’t ruin the overall experience — this trip down memory lane was a welcome one.
  21. Jul 19, 2018
    80
    Sonic Mania Plus is an extended and refined version of the game released last year. It adds some cool features, two new playable characters beloved by fans, and it comes in a new physical edition inclusive of a gorgeous 32 pages artbook.
  22. 80
    This is the best Sonic effort in years as the developers managed to blend the things that made classic Sonic games so great in the first place.
  23. Jul 10, 2018
    80
    Sonic Mania Plus is absolutely the way to experience this game. I may not have been blown away by the new characters, but Encore Mode is an excellent remix of the Mania I know and love. Whether you’re new to the game or coming back for more, Sonic Mania Plus is worth your time and attention.
  24. Jul 10, 2018
    80
    For five bucks as a digital upgrade all of these Sonic Mania Plus additions are a no-brainer. Sure, encore and maybe the multiplayer updates would have been added as free DLC in some circles, but the new characters and the package as a whole props up one of the best platformers of 2017 for a more than reasonable price.
  25. Jul 10, 2018
    70
    For only a $5 upgrade fee, they get all of those warm fuzzy feelings but with two great new characters and a small handful of remixed content that doesn’t quite break the bank nor provide a ton of value. However, the early 1990s infrastructure that the game prides itself on hasn’t aged quite as gracefully and, while it still has plenty of charm, it doesn’t fit in as elegantly with the current 2018 era that it’s being released in.
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  1. Jul 10, 2018
    It's a really great package for Sonic enthusiasts, and if you don't already own Sonic Mania then buying Plus is a very easy recommendation.
  2. Jul 14, 2018
    If the developers were able to design levels from the ground up with this new system in mind, the finished game likely wouldn’t feel quite like the awkward Frankenstein’s monster that Encore mode is. Hopefully, they get that chance.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 62
  2. Negative: 13 out of 62
  1. Jul 17, 2018
    10
    Astonishing package, this is certainly the best Sonic game of all time, congrats Christian Whitehead and the team.
  2. Sep 22, 2018
    10
    This game, This game.....
    I love it
    HOW COULD YOU NOT HAVE ALREADY PLAYED THIS GAME GO TO THE STORE AND BUY IT THIS INSTANT ITS ONLY 15$
    This game, This game.....
    I love it

    HOW COULD YOU NOT HAVE ALREADY PLAYED THIS GAME GO TO THE STORE AND BUY IT THIS INSTANT ITS ONLY 15$ IT WON'T RUIN YOUR COLLAGE FUND JUST GO SHOW THESE NERDS WITH THEIR PCS WHERE THE DANG MONEY IS AT.
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  3. Jul 30, 2018
    10
    Probably my favorite platformer of all time and definitely the best Sonic game out there even better than the originals.