Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Sep 10, 2018
    If you loved Sonic Mania, Plus is an essential purchase. It’s more Sonic Mania, but different.
  2. Jul 30, 2018
    The fan outcry for a physical version of Sonic Mania was enormous, and while it did take a year for SEGA to act, it has ultimately delivered a package that is simply outstanding. After so many bad outings in the series, Sonic's legacy was beginning to turn to dust. Many mistakes have been made in trying to emulate, yet evolve the 2D adventures of yesteryear, with failed projects, such as Sonic 4. Sonic Mania Plus, however, restores the series back to the gold standard. It will be revered for decades with the community who will no doubt set this as the benchmark for any future sequel to the series.
  3. Jul 24, 2018
    Sonic Mania Plus is definitely worth checking out, especially if you happened to miss out on the original release of Sonic Mania. It’s a true return to form for everyone’s favorite hedgehog, and it’s definitely nice to have a reason to revisit.
  4. 100
    Taken as a full package this is arguably the best Sonic game there is. Mania mode is fun as ever, the cast is fuller, and the bonus challenges, unlockables, Encore mode and multiplayer makes for a game that earns its spot on the retail shelf. Some existing owners might wonder whether two extra characters, remixed singleplayer and revamped splitscreen is worth the upgrade given there's no substantially new levels to speak of, but I think it's a fine way to extend the experience.
  5. Jul 10, 2018
    Sonic Mania Plus adds more to a game that was already perfect.
  6. Jul 10, 2018
    Somehow, Sega, Christian Whitehead, and the development teams behind the original Sonic Mania have found a way to make the best Sonic game in years even better. Sonic Mania Plus is now nearly everything it could and should be, with new playable characters, modes, options, and polish sure to please fans. There’s a small handful of areas in which the game could still be improved, but really, this is just about as good of a Sonic adventure as we could ever have hoped for.
  7. Jul 10, 2018
    Sonic Mania was already a fantastic title, and Sonic Mania Plus only makes things look and feel better.
  8. Jul 17, 2018
    Sonic Mania is back, and now it's better than ever. The additions are great, the gameplay is excellent, and we just can't get enough. If you like old-school Sonic, you'll love this game.
  9. Sep 18, 2018
    Sonic Mania Plus builds up on Sonic Mania and tops it off. The ensemble of the two builds the best 2D Sonic game available and the Encore mode brings a new approach to the plot. While the extra characters don't bring any significant change to the way the game is played, Sonic Mania Plus is essential to any committed fans of the supersonic blue hedgehog.
  10. Sep 7, 2018
    Sonic Mania Plus keeps the essence of Sonic Mania and extends the experience with interesting contents, although they may be insufficient for those who already have the digital version of the game, so this version is recommended for players who did not buy the original game and / or lovers of cartridges.
  11. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    Still a masterpiece! [Issue #35 – September/October 2018, p. 71]
  12. Aug 13, 2018
    This title is a step in the right direction toward revitalizing a much-loved character. Sonic Mania Plus is a title that fans will enjoy, and its well-constructed design and replayability make it a great game for fans of 2D platforming. The title is a welcome addition to the Switch and creates a standout experience from other consoles.
  13. Aug 13, 2018
    Sonic Mania Plus is a return to form for Sega’s most iconic character. It takes all that is old and makes it new again.
  14. Jul 24, 2018
    Overall, Sonic Mania Plus is a great game. While the Plus part really only gives you two new characters and a harder version of the game, current Sonic Mania owners will only have to pay five dollars for the DLC which isn’t too bad. Even 30 dollars for those wanting a physical version is still worth it for the main game alone if you don’t already have it. Either way, fans of Sonic who haven’t played this yet should definitely pick it up at some point.
  15. Jul 13, 2018
    If you’ve yet to play Sonic Mania; Sonic Mania Plus offers yet another essential addition to your physical game collection. It might not be an entirely new game, but Sonic Mania Plus manages to feel just as fresh as the original Sonic Mania did a little over a year ago.
  16. Jul 11, 2018
    Sonic Mania was a true return to form for the mascot, in his 2D 'Classic' guise at least, and celebrated the glory days of the original games while also enhancing their qualities and taking on new ideas. From new areas, imaginative second acts and some delightful boss encounters, the development team poured a lot of passion and talent into the project. Sonic Mania Plus takes that solid foundation and - in all honestly - doesn't do a great deal to mess with it. The new characters and modes are welcome, and there are some neat tweaks which iron out some of the kinks present in the original release, but on the whole this is an enhanced edition of the game rather than a feature-rich update. If you've still not sampled the delights of Sonic Mania then this is clearly the version to get, but if you're an existing owner then the low asking price of the DLC update make this well worth a look; we'll take any excuse to dive back into one of the best 2D platformers of recent memory.
  17. Jul 10, 2018
    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.
  18. 90
    Sonic Mania Plus almost perfectly encapsulates what made the original Sega Genesis and CD games so much fun while updating the style so that it feels fresh and new.
  19. Jul 10, 2018
    Essential for those who he did not play the original title.
  20. Jul 10, 2018
    There's enough new content to digest, and the art book is pretty great, even if it's just a little trinket. Now... how long do we have to wait for a proper sequel?
  21. Jul 17, 2018
    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.
  22. 85
    Sonic Mania Plus took a well-made game and made it even better, with two interesting new characters and remixed levels. The new content seems a little more geared for the superfan rather than the newcomer, which at the end of the day, is totally okay because whether you bought Mania last year or you’re only just getting to it now, it is still worth checking out.
  23. Jul 13, 2018
    Sonic Mania Plus isn’t a vast improvement on Sonic Mania, but given the quality of Sonic Mania, we’ll let that slide. Encore mode extends and expands the appeal – and the challenge – of one of the hedgehog’s finest outings, while the new characters and enhanced Competition mode are fun.
  24. Jul 10, 2018
    It adds on neatly onto your original game (no need to start all over), and will extend your playtime at least another few hours if not more. Also, if you missed Sonic Mania last year, this is now the definitive version of the game. That said, if you just casually picked it up, and only invested a few hours, there isn’t that much here in Sonic Mania Plus to justify spending more money unless you’re a huge fan of Mighty and Ray.
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  1. Jul 10, 2018
    Ultimately, SMP feels more like a goodie bag for anybody who's worn out Sonic Mania than a red-carpet, welcome-wagon package for anybody new to the series' 2D revival. If you still haven't played the game, ask yourself whether a physical copy is worth a few more bucks to you. And if you've already spent $20 on this fantastic game and like the idea of it getting a "master quest," don't hesitate to throw $5 more on the pile.
  2. Jul 18, 2018
    Minor as the additions the Plus expansion brings, Sonic Mania is still one of the best 2D platformers in recent memory, and is definitely the best Sonic game in a very long time. I can’t help but wish there was more of it, but there’s no denying this is an excellent package – and yes, it’s still a must-play.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 172 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 172
  1. Jul 17, 2018
    The quality of the package in Mania Plus is so good that it is becoming one of the best, if not the best, Sonic game of all time.
  2. Jul 17, 2018
    Just can't believe how perfect this game has become, they've removed a bunch of bugs, added a LOT of stuff, it's incredible, the perfect Sonic game.
  3. Jul 17, 2018
    The game was perfect, but now it's even better. Sega is doing what they needed to do. Thank you.