Join our Discord to chat with fellow friendly gamers and our knowledgeable contributors!

atari gravitar


Sonic: Lost World is a 3D action platformer in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and not identical to the 3DS version of the same name. In the introduction Sonic and Tails chase Doctor Eggman who has kidnapped critters to power his robot army. Tails' plane is shot down and they land in Lost Hex, a world in the clouds. There they discover Eggman has used a magic conch to control the Deadly Six, members of the Zeri race. Sonic manages to break the influence, but the Deadly Six then use one of Eggman's machines to drain the world below of its life force. This leads to an unlikely alliance between the duo and Eggman to defeat the Deadly Six.

The game's levels combine three types of gameplay. There are full 3D levels where Sonic progresses through spherical worlds similar to those in the Super Mario Galaxy series or the cancelled Sonic X-treme. In these Sonic needs to move forward, but can go entirely around the sphere along the way by moving left or right. The second type of levels are side-scrolling 2.5D environments with a fixed side view and regular camera turns to maintain the perspective in the 3D world. The final type of levels are 3D and on-rails. Sonic moves forward automatically and quick reflexes are needed to find a path and avoid obstacles. Classic gameplay elements include collecting rings, dodging obstacles, using launch pads to travel between areas and platform climbing. Especially in the full 3D levels the spherical design of levels is used to find a path to progress. Most enemies are defeated by jumping on top of them. There is a new kick attack mainly used against stronger enemies. During levels enemies can be freed by opening containers or defeating certain enemies.

The control system incorporates a mechanic to manage Sonic's speed. Regular directional controls guide Sonic around at a regular speed, used mostly for sections where he has to be careful. By holding a trigger however Sonic starts running and can perform quick parkour-like moves such as wall running and vaulting. Sonic has a dash, a spin attack, a homing attack to target enemies more easily and in succession and he is also able to double jump.

Some moves were previously featured in Sonic Colors. The same goes for Wisp powers, temporary power-ups provided through Wisp creatures when they are located in a level. These include Asteroid, Bomb, Drill, Eagle, Hover, Laser, Lighting, Quake, Rocket and Rhythm. Drill, Laser and Rocket were previously featured in Sonic Colors. Asteroid atomizes objects, Eagle sends Sonic flying and Rhythm provides a short section where Sonic can bounce along a path of notes. Red coins can be collected in levels to unlock bonus stages with a circus theme to free more animals. If they are all collected in the game, Sonic can transform into Super Sonic. There are also boss battles.

After completing a level it can be played in a Time Trial mode to reach a fast time. Cooperative gameplay is supported with a second local player who flies an RC vehicle that moves alongside Sonic. The second player then provides some assistance by collecting rings, dropping bombs or firing rockets. Owners of the 3DS version can collect items to have Tails build items and RC vehicles that can be used in the Wii U version. There is also a link to the Miiverse to influence the vehicles and swap items such as Wisps and shields. When these are used by other players they become more effective. There are competitive races as well, with one player using the Game Pad and the other a controller and the TV. Game modes are Speed Race, Expert Race and Ring Race. In the latter the player who collects most rings, wins.


Sonic: Lost World Wii U Title screen
Sonic: Lost World Wii U Windy Hill act 1
Sonic: Lost World Wii U Level complete

Promo Images

Sonic: Lost World Screenshot
Sonic: Lost World Screenshot
Sonic: Lost World Screenshot
Sonic: Lost World Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "ソニック ロストワールド" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this game.

Critic Reviews

NintendoWorldReport Wii U Oct 18, 2013 9 out of 10 90 Wii U Jul 25, 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
XGN Wii U Oct 18, 2013 8 out of 10 80
God is a Geek Wii U Oct 18, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Destructoid Wii U Oct 18, 2013 7.5 out of 10 75
Cubed3 Wii U Oct 19, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Age Wii U Nov 05, 2013 C 50
Engadget Wii U Oct 18, 2013 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Original Gamer Wii U Jan 22, 2014 5 out of 10 50
PC Gamer Windows Nov 20, 2015 32 out of 100 32


There are currently no topics for this game.


There is no trivia on file for this game.

Related Web Sites

Contributed to by Flapco (45640) and Sciere (771698)