Video Game / Sonic R

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"Everybody's Super Sonic Racing, try to keep your feet right on the ground..."

Sonic R is a racing game staring the spiky blue speed demon and his friends, developed by Travellers Tales (who also made Sonic 3D Blast) and released in 1997 for the Sega Saturn and later for the PC (the PC version getting a unique feature in the form of seasonal effects). In 2005, it was re-released on the GameCube and PS2 as part of Sonic Gems Collection, which is based the PC version of the game. It was also made available for download on GameTap for a short time in 2007.

Known for its (infamous) power-pop soundtrack by Richard Jacques with songs performed by British singer TJ Davis. Like many CD-based games of the era , both the Saturn and PC versions can be played in any standard CD player, in case you wanted to listen to the music without having to play the actual game.

This game is notable for being the final game of Sonic's "Classic" Era. It is also the only fully-3D console game wholly featuring the original character designs (Sonic Jam and the Saturn port of Blast only had small sections in 3D, and the Arcade Game Sonic the Fighters did not receive a Saturn port).

Compare with Sonic Drift, Sonic Riders and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.


Sonic R contains trope examples of:

  • The Alleged Car: Amy's car.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: Every race course in the game starts with the letter "R".
  • Award Bait Song: Nearly the entire soundtrack is made of techno-pop versions of this.
  • Canon Foreigner: Tails Doll and Metal Knuckles never reappear in any other game. Metal Knuckles got an expy in Sonic Advance Trilogy and the Tails Doll eventually appeared in the Archie comic.
    • A Metal Knuckles lookalike featured heavily in a story arc starting in issue #108 of the Fleetway Sonic the Comic in August 1997, three months before Sonic R was released.
    • Metal Knuckles also appeared in the Archie Sonic comic as part of Dr. Eggman's Metal Series.
    • The dummies fought by E-102 γ in Sonic Adventure are sometimes called Tails Dolls, but they're obviously not the same character.
    • Tails Doll popped up for a split second in LEGO Dimensions; Sonic thinks it might be possessed.
  • Excuse Plot: It's referenced in the manual, but not in the game. The game is just a straightforward racer, with no story mode or attempt to make a plot.
  • Go-Karting with Robotnik: Though the manual makes an admirable effort to pass it off as an evil plot.
  • Joke Character:
    • The Tails Doll. His profile at the Sonic Channel website states that no effort went into creating Tails Doll after Metal Sonic and Metal Knuckles. It's just a doll that can float around. This is supported by the fact that he has the lowest speed of any of the robots and his special is just to float higher up. The fans think differently, though.
    • EggRobo is essentially a clone of the already slow and hard to manoeuvre Dr. Robotnik, albeit lacking the ability to perpetually hover. He hovers for a brief amount of time before gradually grinding to a halt and sinking, which is arguably more of a hindrance than just sinking by default.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Amy is this. She is one of the slowest characters in the game who lacks the ability to jump since she drives a car instead of running on her feet. Her lethality is her ability to drive over water without losing speed, decent acceleration and good turning (in a game that's notable for its bad turning), and a rechargeable Nitro Boost ability that allows her to reach a top speed faster then Super Sonic for a few seconds, but it does take away her superior steering ability when in use.
    • Add on to this the fact that when a character goes into a loop or enters an extended falling state, their speed gets locked in unless they decelerate and you can use Amy's boost on the path leading up to a loop with it petering out just as she launches into it or launch yourself off of a big drop at the last moment(Most frequently found in Radical City) and effectively gain an extra 25-50% bonus of boost depending on the size of the loop or length of the drop while still allowing her to recharge since the boost technically ran out. Skilled abuse of this can effectively give Amy two and a half boosts in a row, all the speed she needs to leave her opponents in the dust.
  • Love Is A Drug: Most of the soundtrack.
  • Master of All: Super Sonic has perfect stats across the board.
  • No Ending: Besides A Winner Is You pics, nothing ever comes of the manual's plot.
  • Palmtree Panic: Resort Island.
  • Promoted to Playable: Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, who you can unlock by beating the game once.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Metal Sonic, Metal Knuckles and the Tails Doll and EggRobo.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The robot bosses who are unlocked by finding the tokens hidden in the stages.
  • Secret Character: There's Metal Sonic, Tails Doll, Metal Knuckles, EggRobo, and Super Sonic, the last of whom you unlock by collecting all the Chaos Emeralds.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Amy is the only girl in this game. At the time, of course, she was the only female character in the entire franchise.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Most egregiously in the PC version and the Sonic Gems Collections re-release, "Can You Feel the Sunshine" will play no matter what the weather is like. The Sega Saturn original, however, does not have any weather effects at all.
  • Video Game Settings:

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