Technology Tell writes, "The characters feel nearly identical to one another. The singular difference between them is the function the X button takes on when you’re playing them. For Sonic, you can air dash and spin attack. Tails can throw grenades, Knuckles can punch stuff and Sticks throws a boomerang which she can control in the air. Every now and again, the game throws an obstacle at you that requires one of these specific abilities to pass.
These hurdles are, by no means, cleverly employed. A blue box that only Sonic can burst through isn’t adding anything to the overall experience, it’s just breaking it up; slowing it down."