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The Worst Sonic Games of All Time

Updated September 24, 2019 4.3k votes 408 voters 7.0k views50 items

List RulesUpvote the worst Sonic games and downvote the games you actually liked.

It's hard to pick what the worst Sonic game of all time is, considering how many lackluster titles the blue hedgehog has been a part of. That isn't to say that all Sonic games are bad (if you love the games, you can check out our list of the best Sonic games), but Sega has definitely released its fair share of flops that its speedy mascot didn't deserve.

What are some of the worst Sonic games? You can start with Sonic's Schoolhouse, an educational computer game from 1996 that played like Wolfenstein 3D. Then there's the monstrosity known as Sonic Blast; a Game Gear title that was panned by game journalists and fans alike. Other examples of bad Sonic games include Sonic Free Riders, Tails' Skypatrol, and the dreadful Sonic Colors DS.

Since this is a "worst" list, make sure to upvote the Sonic games that you don't like, and downvote the titles you do like. If a game isn't on the list, that's probably because most people like it - but that doesn't mean you can't add it if you feel strongly about it!

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    Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

    2014

    DeveloperBig Red Button

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure, platform

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    DeveloperSega

    Genres (Video game)Trivia

    Sonic's Schoolhouse is an educational computer game developed by Sega and published by Orion Interactive that teaches young learners mathematics, reading, and spelling. Sonic's Schoolhouse is the...  more
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    DeveloperSonic Team

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    DeveloperSonic Team

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Adventure, Fantasy

    Sonic the Hedgehog is a 2006 platform video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game primarily allows the player to use Sonic, Shadow and Silver...  more
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    DeveloperO-Two, Sonic Team

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Sonic Free Riders is a motion controlled racing video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Xbox 360. The game requires Microsoft's Kinect peripheral. It was released as a Kinect...  more
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    DeveloperAspect

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game

    Sonic Blast is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Aspect and published by Sega for the Game Gear. It was released on November 1996 in North America and in Japan a month later...  more
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    DeveloperMinato Giken

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game, Adventure

    Sonic Labyrinth is a puzzle-platform game for the Game Gear, released in 1995. It is also playable on Sonic Adventure DX and on the PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox editions of Sonic Mega Collection Plus....  more
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    DeveloperAppaloosa Interactive, Sega

    Genres (Video game)Educational game, Music, Educational entertainment

    Tails and the Music Maker is an edutainment game released in North America in September 1994 on the Sega Pico system. It was later published in Europe by Sega in 1995 and in Japan by Imagineer on...  more
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    DeveloperSonic Team

    Genres (Video game)Platform game

    Sonic Jump is a vertical platformer video game developed by Hardlight and published by Sega for iOS and Android. It is based on an older mobile phone game of the same name released in 2005. In April...  more
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    DeveloperDimps, Sonic Team

    Genres (Video game)Platform game

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I is a 2010 episodic platform video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The game was developed by Sonic Team and Dimps, and is intended to emulate the original Sonic...  more
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    DeveloperSonic Team

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

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    Sonic Forces is a 2017 platform video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. After escaping imprisonment by Doctor Eggman, Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends form a resistance to stop...  more
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    DeveloperSonic Team, Hudson Soft, Sega

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Adventure, Party game

    Sonic Shuffle is a party game developed by Sonic Team and Hudson Soft and published by Sega for the Dreamcast video game console. It was released in 2000 in North America and Japan, and in 2001 in...  more
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    DeveloperDimps, Sonic Team

    Genres (Video game)Platform game

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is a 2012 episodic platform video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, created as a direct follow-on from Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I. The game was developed by...  more
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    DeveloperSonic Team, Sega, Traveller's Tales

    Genres (Video game)Isometric projection, Platform game, Action game, Adventure

    Sonic 3D Blast, also known as Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island, is a 1996 platform video game developed by Traveller's Tales and Sonic Team, and published by Sega for the Genesis and Saturn consoles. Part...  more
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    DeveloperAspect

    Genres (Video game)Educational entertainment

    Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld is a game developed by Aspect for the Sega Pico. It was released in Japan in August 1994. The game was not released in North America until November 1996 and was never...  more
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    DeveloperSega

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Racing video game

    Sonic Drift is a kart racing video game released in Japan only for the Sega Game Gear on March 18, 1994. It features Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy Rose, and Doctor Eggman....  more
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    DeveloperSonic Team

    Shadow Shoot is a mobile phone game released as part of the Sonic Cafe service offered by Sega.

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    DeveloperSega

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Racing video game

    Sonic Drift 2, released in Europe as Sonic Drift Racing, is a kart racing video game released in Japan for the Sega Game Gear on March 17, 1995, Europe in March 1995 and in North America in November...  more
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    DeveloperSIMS Co., Ltd.

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Adventure

    Tails' Skypatrol is a platform/adventure video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by JSH and published by Sega for the Game Gear. It was originally released on April 28, 1995 as an...  more
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    DeveloperSonic Team, Sega Studio USA

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Platform game, Third-person Shooter, Action game

    Shadow the Hedgehog is a 2005 video game developed by Sega Studio USA, the former United States division of Sega's Sonic Team. Featuring the titular fictional character Shadow the Hedgehog from...  more
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    DeveloperTraveller's Tales

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Sonic R is a racing video game developed by Traveller's Tales and Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Sega Saturn and Microsoft Windows. The game was released in North America on November 18,...  more
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    DeveloperSonic Team, Sega Technical Institute

    Genres (Video game)Platform game

    Sonic Jam is a compilation video game for the Sega Saturn developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. It was released in Japan on June 20, 1997, in North America on August 22, 1997, and in Europe...  more
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