Sonic R

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While on vacation, Tails and Sonic come across a recruiting advertisement for the World Grand Prix race. Sonic is not interested at first, but once he notices that Dr. Robotnik will participate he decides to enter. Robotnik is only interested in the race because he's learned the location of the Chaos Emeralds and now he'll get a chance to beat Sonic while he gets them. Knuckles finds out that Sonic will participate, so he joins him. Amy overhears Robotnik's plan, so she will also be racing to get the Chaos Emeralds.

There are many modes of gameplay in Sonic R:

Grand Prix: You race against the rest of the characters on each of the circuits, and get a chance to race the level's boss to unlock some of the extra playable characters.

Time Attack: Run on one of the tracks as fast as you can, get 5 balloons or tag 4 characters.

Multi Player: 4 players on a split-screen or over a network. You can race against up to three players or challenge them on a balloon finding game. The screen can be divided horizontally or vertically for 2 player games.


Sonic R SEGA Saturn The Regal Ruin Track
Sonic R Windows Knuckles in a circle of the track, facing the other side, scenery, and a locked (unlockable) door.
Sonic R SEGA Saturn Entering a Loop
Sonic R Windows Title Screen

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User Reviews

Sonic racing for completists only. SEGA Saturn Gary Smith (15)
Amazing racing game! Windows VortexS130 (85)

Critic Reviews

Digital Extremes SEGA Saturn 1997 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games SEGA Saturn Dec 18, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA Saturn Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Micromanía Windows Nov, 1998 78 out of 100 78 SEGA Saturn Mar 11, 2011 14 out of 20 70 Windows 1999 70 out of 100 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 1999 67 out of 100 67
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA Saturn Oct 02, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Video Games SEGA Saturn Nov, 1997 60 out of 100 60
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 1998 44 out of 100 44


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An often overlooked and quite novel feature of Sonic R is the ability to turn on and off the vocals in the background music.

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