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Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Review


This game has been waiting its turn for a very long time at this point. Well, I finally took the plunge and got it. Surprisingly the game doesn’t beat the originals though. Mainly this is due to the length being a lot shorter and the plot not being as interesting. I beat this game in around 2.5 hours compared to the Wii U one which took 7 and the 3DS original which I played for 14 hours although the story was more in line with 7. This one seems like they had to rush it out because otherwise I do feel like a lot of effort was put into it. There are a good amount of cutscenes and things of that nature.

The plot of the game is that Eggman is trying to build the Eggbot racers that can be even faster than Sonic. To this end he builds a robot that can attract the rare kind of metal he needs. The bot tries his best but Sonic and friends prove to be too much for him. Unfortunately this makes Eggman turn on him as well. The bot really wants to prove himself to Eggman so he’s going to continue to try and grab the metals. Meanwhile Sonic and friends are trying to stop the elemental geysers being produced as part of this and are forced to travel the globe. Can they save the planet from ecological disaster?

So there isn’t really much of a story here. Still, it’s very nostalgic to see the ole Sonic Boom cast once more. I did greatly enjoy the show and felt like it should have gotten another season. The cutscenes are really solid to the point where the cutscenes look like they could have been from the actual show. This is the level of detail I like to see and shows this was not some simple cash in. A real effort was made here and I definitely appreciate that. They should have found a way to squeeze Shadow into the story though. I think that would have been a really good idea to raise the stakes. We do get a fun climax though where Eggman is actually forced to ask Sonic for help. Sonic and Eggman is the big team up we’ve been waiting for so that was definitely pretty hype.

The gameplay is a 2D platformer like most Sonic games. You navigate your way through obstacles and grab collectibles as you make it to the goal. The new wrinkle to this game is that you now have the ability to use fire and ice thanks to the ecological phenomenons going on around the world. The fire ability allows you to melt ice while the ice power lets you freeze water. They’re fun little abilities. I wouldn’t say they change the gameplay experience all that much so it’s a pretty harmless gimmick which I can definitely roll with. This is the kind of experimentation that I’d say works rather well.

As I mentioned though, the game is really short. At a little over 2 hours that’s just not a whole lot of time. It has more replay value than Kirby though as each world has several bonus levels as opposed to just one. It’s part of why the game is so short though as you just don’t need to play most of the levels. That should add a good amount of play time in. Then you’ve also got the bonus racing mode where you can even play as an Egg bot. You use the gems you collect to buy more suits so that’s pretty fun. There are also 3 upgrades as well. It’ll probably take you a while to buy them all though. There are 6 upgrades and completing the game just gave me enough money to buy 1. Buying all 6 would definitely be difficult but maybe the bonus levels have more gems than the normal ones.

I already talked about how great the graphics are so I don’t need to go on that for very long. The in-game graphics are just as solid. There are a few different playable characters who all have their own strengths and abilities which is nice for variety. The soundtrack is less memorable though and in general you’ll probably forget it as soon as you finish the playthrough. I would have liked some remixed tracks or something to spice it up. There aren’t a lot of boss battles either which could be the reason. Surprisingly it would seem like not every world had a boss unless some of the bosses are optional.

The boss fights themselves are pretty fun although most of them play in a very similar way. I’d say that it’s just the gameplay not being able to change things up much but that’s not really true. I think there’s more they could have done with it. Each boss battle has 2 phases. One phase you use Sonic to home attack the enemy while the other has your partner use their signature skill. Since all of the partners are different that part is always unique but Sonic is the one where his gameplay is exactly the same all the time. Switching that one up a bit would definitely have gone a long way if you ask me. Still, I’ll give the game props for the tag system. I thought that was pretty fun.

Overall, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is a worthy sequel to the original Sonic Boom. that being said, I wouldn’t say it was particularly noteworthy or knocking it out of the park either. It’s a fun game that will keep you busy until you complete it. Afterwards even with the replay value you won’t have much to do though so this is definitely the kind of game you just playthrough once and keep it moving. If you like platformers then I recommend checking this one out. The cutscenes help make the game feel a little more special as well. A little more length would have been nice but I’ll take what we can get. Hopefully we get a new Sonic game soon because I miss that series.

Overall 7/10

Game Records

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Stats and Records

Stats time!

Play Time 2h 26m
Game Complete 26%
Upgrades 1/6

World stats

Kodiak Frontier

0/12 Hammers
2/12 Coils
0/6 Pictures

Seaside Island

2/12 Hammers
0/12 Coils
0/6 Pictures

Paleo Tarpits

0/12 Hammers
2/12 Coils
0/7 Pictures

Gothic Gardens

4/12 Hammers
3/12 Coils
0/7 Pictures

Cutthroat Cove

1/12 Hammers
2/12 Coils
0/7 Pictures

Ragna Rock

0/0 Hammers
0/0 Coils
0/3 Pictures

Battles, Kevin Wendell Crumb Battles, Sonic Battles, Tribute Battles

Kevin Wendell Crumb vs Sonic




This is a tribute to the films Glass and Sonic The Hedgehog. Sonic is definitely a pretty cool character and it’s hard to get his character wrong. I’m happy to say that the film definitely did him justice. Sonic absolutely steals the show here and that’s not surprising in the slightest. Meanwhile Kevin was no good in Split and he wasn’t any better in Glass. Sonic would absolutely speedblitz this guy with no real effort and that would be the end of that. Sonic wins.

Battles, Bubsy Battles, Sonic Battles

Sonic vs Bubsy




Suggested by Sonic These are two video game characters that I have a lot of respect for. Bubsy has a lot of confidence and attitude like the classic days of Sonic. Sonic hasn’t lost his edge though so that’s what makes these two pretty solid rivals. Overall Sonic is definitely the deadlier fighter though and I don’t think there are many people who would debate that. Sonic has a ton of fighting experience and his Super Sonic form would basically turn Bubsy into butter. Bubsy just wouldn’t be able to defend against such raw power nor do I think he would try. Bubsy knows his limits and would call it a day here. Sonic wins.

Battles, Kay (Cat) Battles), Sonic Battles

Sonic vs Kay (Cat)




Suggested by Sonic Kay has martial arts training and some good sword skills. He even has mild elemental abilities like his fire ball. Those aren’t enough to impress Sonic, but at least they put Kay into the conversation. What he does from there is really all on him. Sonic’s main course to victory here will be to rely on his speed as usual and just completely overwhelm Kay. So long as Sonic continues to go full blast there really shouldn’t be a problem here. Kay will really struggle to keep up for very long. Sonic wins.

Battles, Frogger Battles, Sonic Battles

Sonic vs Frogger




Suggested by Sonic Frogger is a pretty fun character sometimes. His portrayals aren’t always the most consistent. The guy isn’t exactly a powerhouse though. Sonic could defeat him with ease and wouldn’t even need any of his many super forms in order to do it. These guys just aren’t in the same league and Sonic will make that painfully apparent in this match. Frogger simply isn’t ready to take on one of the mascots of video game legend and he will need many more power ups and forms in order to change that. Sonic wins.

Battles, Klonoa Battles, Sonic Battles

Sonic vs Klonoa




Suggested by Sonic Klonoa is a character who has mainly been forgotten to the sands of time, but he is a pretty solid fighter in his own right. He may not have the speed that Sonic has, but his ring gadgets prevent enemies from getting close. Sonic has too many alternatives for Klonoa to be able to stop him, but ideally Klonoa will keep this fight from being too one sided. There’s just only room for one video game champ around here. Sonic wins.

Battles, Sonic Battles, Spyro Battles

Sonic vs Spyro




Suggested by Sonic Sonic is one of the greatest video game characters of all time and his fighting abilities are completely out of this world. Spyro has obtained elemental abilities in the past, but they won’t even slow Sonic down. Sonic has taken on many enemies ranging from planetary overlords to an old genius. He knows how to handle his opponents in combat and Spyro will just be the latest in a long line of conquests. Sonic wins.

Battles, Sonic Battles, Verti-Cal Battles

Verti-Cal vs Sonic




Suggested by Anonymous Verti-Cal won’t fare any better than the last dozen opponents to take on Sonic. Sonic is far too formidable of a foe to be defeated and I doubt that he will even need his Super Sonic mode to win this battle. Sonic is on a completely different level from these guys and he only continues to get stronger as the years go on. This battle will be over in the time it takes Sonic to eat a Chili dog. This is why it’s important to have super speed. Sonic wins.

Battles, Horizont-Al Battles, Sonic Battles

Horizont-Al vs Sonic




Suggested by Anonymous Horizont-Al is definitely a pretty crazy character whose reality abilities should not be underestimated. That being said, they are not nearly enough to keep up with someone like Sonic. Sonic’s got the edge in speed, power, and overall fighting ability. You can’t tell me that Horizont-Al is ready to take Sonic on mano a mano and the gap in ability is far too great. Sonic’s taking this win all the way to the bank. Sonic wins.