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The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog (2023) is a narrative game where you investigate who killed Sonic at a murder mystery party. You talk to guests, uncover clues and find evidence of the murderer's identity, then make your case to everyone else. It's a humourous, tongue-in-cheek break from the traditional Sonic formula, but also stands out for considerable sincerity and fleshed-out characters.

Released for free as an April Fool's Day joke by the Sonic social media team, you play a new staff member on the Mirage Express, a luxury train that hosts themed events. On your first day, Amy Rose hosts a murder-mystery party for the whole Sonic cast on the train. When Sonic is actually murdered, you join his best friend Tails and investigate the incident to uncover the truth.

Play is text-based and involves talking to the characters, asking them questions and selecting dialogue options to uncover clues that help you solve the mystery. To gather evidence, you play a minigame based on classic Sonic games, where you move between lanes as you run and collect coins, avoiding spikes and jumping over pitfalls. When you've got enough evidence to accuse someone, you make your case to everyone present.

The result is a game that's both a lighthearted, whimsical divergence from the classic running and jumping challenge of Sonic games and a sincere celebration of those same games and characters, giving each member of the cast deep characterisation and personality while offering an engaging, amusing, and entertaining story.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication, Narrative and Point-and-Click game with Brain Game and Role-Play elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 3 and a half hours to complete. Depending on your reading speed, the time to beat varies significantly.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to read all the text and make informed decisions about who to interrogate given the evidence you've uncovered.

CostsCosts

The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog

Steam Store PC Free
Steam Store Mac Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/03/2023

Price: Free

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Communication, Narrative, Point-and-Click (Brain Game and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: SEGA (@SEGA)


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