411mania: "Sonic the Hedgehog is back with Sonic 4: Episode 1, a game that makes an effort to return to the kind of game that Sonic is famous for: fast paced, action packed platformers. I won't insult anyone's intelligence by painfully and artificially describing how a Sonic game works, since it's almost exactly like Sonic 1-3. Instead, here's the short version: you collect rings, run really fast, go through loops and beat up Robotnik.... or Eggman....whatever. Is all of this running, jumping and loop de looping as fun as it was in Sonic 1-3? You bet! For added fun and nostalgia value classic Sonic levels (green hills, casino night, labyrinth and industrial) have been added to the game and all of them are reminiscent of other levels from the first three Sonic games."