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The video games based off of the TV show based off of the video game franchise.

Sonic Boom is a spinoff series in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, developed concurrently with the TV show and comic series. The series began with Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS, both of which were released in November 2014.

The story, what little there is, is set in an Alternate Continuity where Sonic and his friends live on islands and are adventurers who usually clash with Eggman now and then. Rise of Lyric's plot sees Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy fighting Eggman as usual when his robot army outnumber them near a odd temple entrance. Wanting to save his friends and against their objections, Sonic opens the entrance so they can escape into only to find that it was a prison for the titular Lyric who Sonic unwittingly frees. Wanting to fix his mistake, Sonic and his friends set off on a quest to stop Lyric and whatever he has planned as well and continue their tussle with Eggman.

Shattered Crystal's plot, apparently set some time after the former game, has Lyric kidnap Amy and Sonic and his friends setting off to rescue her. Unlike the former game. Amy isn't playable, but rather replaces her with Sticks (who ironically wasn't playable in Rise of Lyric).

A third game in the series, Fire & Ice, was announced for the 3DS and is similar to Shattered Crystal, except Amy is now playable and (as the title states) all characters can switch between fire and ice modes. The plot has Sonic and friends facing Eggman and new villain D-Fekt as they attempt to stop the weather-related aftereffects of the former's Ragnium mining operation from tearing the world apart. The game was released on September 27, 2016.

Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal are also the final Sonic games to feature Chikao Ohtsuka as Eggman before his death in 2015.

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  • Adaptational Weapon Swap: This reimagining of the characters are given a new item called the enerbeam, which allows them to latch onto other objects for combat, puzzle solving, or exploration purposes. It also shows up in the cartoon of the series a few times, mostly to allow combination attacks between two characters.
  • Alternate Continuity: Sega has confirmed that the show and the game are sub-franchise, which is different from the main games.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Due to the continuity errors that make it hard to fit the game into the (already fairly loose) chronology of the sub-franchise, the complete disappearance of Lyric (being removed from the website just in time for Fire & Ice), and the overall poor reception, Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal have likely just been swept under the rug.
  • Canon Foreigner: Sticks the Jungle Badger is introduced, along with a whole slew of characters who live in a village that Sonic and his friends are out to protect from Lyric and his robot army.
  • Continuity Snarl: The games were meant to be prequels leading up to the cartoon, but there wasn't much done with this concept at all. More particularly, the 3DS game and its bundled comic pretty much act independently from the Wii U game in terms of Lyric, creating a weird error of continuity difference between the titles.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Many of the game's ideas and mechanics were based off of a rejected pitch for a Crash Bandicoot game called Crash: Evolution.
  • Expanded Universe: For the Sonic Boom cartoon.
  • Gameplay Roulette:
    • Rise of Lyric has multiple gameplay styles in the Wii U version. One is an automated speed-based style somewhat reminiscent of Sonic Unleashed and its ilk. Another is a more traditional platforming style with Beat 'em Up elements, reminiscent of Sonic Heroes. Emphasis is placed on cooperative gameplay, even in single player mode- the CPU will control the other character.
    • Shattered Crystal has a hybrid Metroidvania slash Sonic level scheme as a primary, alongside 3D tunnel sequences and Rivals-style races.
  • Market-Based Title: In Japanese, the series is known as Sonic Toon.
  • Precursors: Millennia before the events of the games and TV series, there existed a civilization known as the Ancients who, despite creating advanced technology, still lived in harmony with nature and wanted to peacefully control the planet's resources. Too bad one of their own, Lyric, ended up going mad with power, turning on his fellow Ancients and killing most of them. Eventually, except for an imprisoned Lyric, the remaining Ancients died out, leaving their technology and the remains of their civilization behind for others to discover and use.
  • Prequel: The games, for the show. Unfortunately, this isn't executed well. Originally, the series' order was intended to be Rise of Lyric, then Shattered Crystal, and finally the show, but all entries of Sonic Boom (including the show) appear to have their own continuities (see Continuity Snarl above) thanks to having hardly any (if at all) content that links them together outside of the characters and the world.

    Rise of Lyric 
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: For completing the game 100%, your reward is Sonic and co. dancing in a neon DJ studio.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Many of the friendly NPCs are incredibly rude towards Sonic's party and don't like being approached when they're (apparently) very busy with something. Later in the game, they'll finally start asking for their help but then go back to giving them the cold shoulder when the request is complete. However, some of the citizens have dialogue (which may or may not be activated during any given playthrough) that implies that the NPCs aren't friendly to Sonic and the gang because they're aware that Sonic is the reason that Lyric is free again after centuries of imprisonment.
  • Big Bad: Lyric, who is a member of an ancient, snake-like race and wields Powered Armor, is the main antagonist of the game.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Lyric and Eggman team up partway into the game. Their alliance doesn't last.
  • Big "NO!": By Tails, Amy and Knuckles when Sonic gets blasted by Lyric's robots.
  • Big Red Button: An actual subweapon in the game; it obliterates any enemy around the user after a warmup period. Only gets one use, mainly because the user literally stomps on it.
  • Captain Obvious: Sonic and his friends have to endlessly mention things that the player already knows about because either "they have short-term memory loss" or "they think the player has short-term memory loss".
    Sonic: Look, ramps!
    Tails: We can use these as ramps!
  • Competitive Balance: Word of God have stated that each character has a distinct style, and gameplay focus.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Tails' robot, Buddy-Bot, will help him in the stages finding secret passages.
  • Evil Knockoff: Sonic's longtime robot doppleganger, Metal Sonic, returns. In Shattered Crystal, he's a rival Sonic can race.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Tails falls flat on his face when the gang falls into a chasm during the initial reveal, forgetting he can hover.
  • Friendship-Hating Antagonist: Shadow the Hedgehog simply shows up and claims that Sonic is weak because of his friendships before his boss fight begins. After being defeated, he doesn't show up again. Shadow's characterization in this game is particularly bizarre because in games before and after, Shadow is more of a Good Is Not Nice Anti-Hero whose only friends are Rouge and Omega, and is willing to work with Sonic, even if he does find the blue hedgehog a little irritating sometimes. Further still, in Shadow the Hedgehog where Shadow can choose to go it alone on the Neutral routes, he isn't shown to hate friendships and bonds and is rather open to working with others for the sake of his own goals.
  • Futile Hand Reach: Sonic does this when it looks like a piece of debris is going to hit the biplane with his friends in it. It misses though.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Endless falling through pits and respawning outside of a force field that only disappears once the enemies ''inside it'' have been destroyed.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Shadow. About halfway through Rise of Lyric, he challenges Sonic to a boss fight over "friendship vs isolation" issues. This boss fight isn't even tied into the main plot and he's more or less forgotten afterward, appearing only at the end to glance at the defeated Lyric and walk away.
  • Guide Dang It!: The game rarely ever informs you on what you need to do to make progress on the islands, making it really easy to get lost.
  • Handshake Substitute: The team is seen exchanging fist bumps several times.
  • How We Got Here: The game starts with Sonic being blasted by Lyric's forces, falling down a pit and being covered by rocks as his friends watch. The game then flashes back some time before then to show how that situation came about.
  • Hub Level: With levels and missions around it.
  • Humongous Mecha: Some of the boss fights, including the one with Dr. Eggman and the Tunnel Bot that guards the Tidal Crystal, involve Sonic and his friends battling giant robots.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: Knuckles and Amy's encounter with MAIA plays this both ways.
    • Amy wants to know what MAIA wants with Sonic, but MAIA states that it is classified. One "Come on!" later, and MAIA submits to peer pressure.
    • MAIA asks to know where Sonic is; Knuckles asks her how they know they can trust her enough to tell her that Sonic and Tails are a few levels down. Amy punches Knuckles in the arm after MAIA leaves. (See Dumb Muscle)
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Lyric has the gang cornered and surrounded by robots. He demands they turn over the crystals, or he'll kill Sonic. When Amy does, Lyric tells his bots to shoot Sonic anyway. They all blast him and bury him under debris. After Lyric leaves, the gang digs through the rubble, and find Sonic okay. Despite being only a few feet away from him, Lyric's robots seem to have aimed at the ground around Sonic, instead of actually at Sonic.
  • Ironic Echo: When Lyric is first released, he tells Sonic that they have unfinished business. When Sonic travels into the past and Lyric demands to know who he is, Sonic says that they have unfinished business. Sonic said it because Lyric said it to him, but presumably, Lyric said it because Sonic said it to him, so...
  • Keep Away: During one water segment, Sonic and Knuckles toss a crystal to each other to keep it away from Eggman and Lyric.
  • Kill All Humans: Lyric wants to destroy all organic life and replace it with robots, piece by piece.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Most of the comedy present in the game rely on this.
    Sonic: It's like these tracks were built for me!
  • Life Meter: Rise of Lyric uses rings as this, with the severity of the blow determining the number of rings dropped per hit. Upgrading your Ring limit requires Shattered Crystal.
  • MacGuffin: In the game, Sonic and friends travel across the island in search of 9 Chaos Crystals so that they can prevent Lyric from unleashing his army of robots.
  • Made of Explodium: Obviously enough, touching fire will cause instant death.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Sonic and his friends can use Trumpets as Sonic Shotguns.
  • Mythology Gag:
    Chef Woody: Look at me! I am explaining myself to these creatures that probably love off chili dogs.
    Hippo: I've been think'n ya know... this Lyric business is like a tornado takin' on a dingy. Makes a sailor think about the important things in life...
    Amy: your friends...
    Tails: ...and your family...
    Sonic: ...and Chili Dogs!
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The earlier trailers for the game look spectacular. The actual gameplay footage is not so good.
    • Former Big Red Button developers revealed that the game's graphics never looked as good as the E3 trailer, explaining it was made on a more powerful PC engine rather than the Wii U's engine.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Sonic opens a door of a temple letting Tails, Knuckles, and Amy inside to escape from Metal Sonic and the other robots, but this leads to the release of Lyric. They aren't happy about this. Amy in particular tries to stop him, twice, before Metal Sonic showed up.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: While probably not intended, Sonic is bizarrely malicious when trapping Lyric in his prison for a thousand years.
  • The Power of Friendship: This trope is utilized throughout the game, as everyone works together to put a stop to Lyric (Shadow even comments that he thinks Sonic relying on his friends is a sign of weakness, only changing his mind on it when he sees Sonic and his team had beaten Lyric at the end of the game).
  • Pre-Order Bonus: Luminous TRON-esque outfits if pre-ordered from Amazon, and a figure of Sonic with the Ancients' Crystal if pre-ordered from Game Stop.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Knuckles.
    Knuckles: What. A. Dump.
  • Scenery Porn: The Wii U version runs on Cry Engine 3 (the same engine that powered the Crysis games). Initial reveals looked gorgeous because of it, but the final results weren't up to that level, making people wonder if something went wrong.
  • Sequel Hook: Rise of Lyric's stinger ends with Eggman claiming and installing Lyric's control unit and reactivating Metal Sonic with it.
  • Squishy Wizard: Tails
  • Super Drowning Skills: If your feet so much as touch any body of deep water, no matter how slow you move into it, you will die instantly.
  • Three-Point Landing: In the initial reveal, Amy does this while Sonic and Tails land on their faces and Knuckles lands on his back when they fall down a chasm.
  • Time Travel: MAIA facilitates this so Sonic and Tails can get the Crystal Map in the past. This leads to a Stable Time Loop due to their encounter with Lyric.
  • Villainous Rescue: Eggman saves the group at the end when Lyric once more uses the energy rope on them.
  • Villain Team-Up: Eggman eventually "partners" with Lyric to try and get the map to the crystals back. But as usual it's an uneasy alliance. Lyric eventually breaks off and takes command of Metal Sonic in the process.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sonic and Knuckles as usual. However, what's interesting is that in this particular universe, it's Sonic who acts like the loner who's reluctant to accept help, and Knuckles is more of a Nice Guy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end, Lyric is just tied up and left on the ground without any hint as to what happens next, possibly consigned to a Fate Worse than Death depending on whether or not Sonic's Enerbeam module runs out of power.note 

    Shattered Crystal 
  • All There in the Manual: The game includes the Archie drawn comic which shows how Lyric was imprisoned, Shadow's somewhat grudge against both Lyric and Sonic and how Amy wound up fighting Lyric at the start in the first place.
  • A Rare Sentence: When Sticks warns the group that they're about to crash, Sonic says "Sticks is right", then adds that he never thought he'd say that.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work:
    • At the end of Shattered Crystal, Shadow shows up and makes short work of Lyric's "ultimate" machine before kicking him out of an airlock for good measure.
    • Sticks delivers a motivational-sounding speech about how, with friendship and teamwork, they watched someone else save the day for them!
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Lyric does this to Shadow.
  • Creepy Monotone: Brainwashed and Crazy Shadow speaks like this, which is lampshaded.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Even without energy shields, jumping into an enemy without a Homing Attack counts as Collision Damage against you, something which doesn't apply in any other 2D Sonic game.
  • Disney Villain Death: At the end, Lyric is thrown out of his airship.
  • Distressed Damsel: Amy is captured by Lyric, leading Sonic and gang go in a quest to save her. She's not too happy about this.
  • Distressed Dude: Alongside Sticks and Amy, Lyric captures Tails and Knuckles during the final boss, leaving just Sonic to set things right.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: At the end of the game, Sonic and Knuckles argue about whether they should call their team "Team Sonic" or "Team Knuckles".
  • Genuine Human Hide: Sticks and Amy both threaten to make boots (and a handbag, and a belt) out of Lyric's hide. He's not amused.
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: This exchange:
    Knuckles: "Faster" is my middle name.
    Sonic: Yeah? My middle name is "Faster-than-you."
    Knuckles: What's your first name? "Not?" Ha! Burn!
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: The game uses the series' regular ring system (unlike the Wii U game's health bar).
  • Rock–Paper–Scissors: How Sonic and Tails decide who's going to tell Sticks that Amy was kidnapped in Shattered Crystal. Tails says it's just because there's no time for chess.
  • Villainous Rescue: Shadow saves the group when Lyric tries to start up his mech and joins in on the beatdown.

    Fire and Ice 

Alternative Title(s): Sonic Boom Rise Of Lyric, Sonic Boom Shattered Crystal, Sonic Boom Fire And Ice