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Sonic's the name so speed's his game. Or so he says. In this game he's too slow.

Sonic Labyrinth is a puzzle-platform game for the Sega 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.

The game features isometric 3D gameplay similar to that of the SegaSonic the Hedgehog arcade game and the later released Sonic 3D Blast. Sonic, Dr. Eggman and Eggman's Robots are the only characters present in the game.


Frustrated by his latest defeat, Dr. Eggman sneaks into Sonic's house while he's sleeping and replaces his shoes with special "Slowdown shoes" that make him unable to run (why didn't he just kill him?!). Sonic is then taken to Eggman's labyrinth where he needs to find the Chaos Emerals to get rid of the shoes.

Why it Sucks

  1. The game plays too slow. It's a Sonic game that plays slow.
  2. Stupid plot. If Eggman can successfully sneak into Sonic's house, why doesn't he just kill him?! He just changed his shoes?! That would be like if The Joker snuck into the batcave and instead of killing Batman, he replaces the batsuit.
  3. Horrible controls.
  4. The Spin Dash is hard to control.
  5. Obnoxious flashing effects that can potentially cause a seizure.
  6. Terribly bad level design.
  7. Bad graphics compared to the good Sonic titles on the Game Gear.
  8. You have to collect keys to finish a level, which becomes repetitive too quickly.
  9. Repetitive grid backgrounds can cause you to get confused on where you are in the level.
  10. Pathetic Final boss.
  11. You can beat the whole game in less than 30 minutes (which could be a good thing in retrospective, considering the Game Gear's terrible battery life).
  12. Every stage has a very tight time limit.
  13. In a level, it's possible to find two teleports which connect only the top and bottom of a ramp.
  14. There are no rings. It's a Sonic game without rings.


When released, Sonic Labyrinth received mostly negative reviews from critics. The game was heavily criticized for its lack of speed and clunky control, as well as the repetitive gameplay which creates boredom.