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Sonic R
box cover
European Sega Saturn Boxart
Developer(s) Traveller's Tales
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Yuji Naka (General Producer/Supervisor)
Tetsuo Shinyu (Producer)
Masamitsu Shiino (Director)
Takashi Iizuka (Game Design Director)
Hirokazu Yasuhara (Map Design Director)
Artist(s) Yuji Uekawa & Yoshitaka Miura (Character Designers)
Naoto Ohshima & Hiroshi Nishiyama (Graphic Advisors)
Composer(s) Richard Jacques (also Sound Effects)
Naofumi Hataya (Sound Advisor)
Platform(s) Sega Saturn, PC
Release date(s) 1997 (Saturn)
1998 (PC)
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB:Kids to Adults(K-A)
Media CD-ROM
System requirements Windows 95/98/Me/XP. Pentium 90 MHz, 16 Mb RAM, 20 Mb Hard Disk space, CD-ROM 4x.

Sonic R is a racing game that uses multi-3D polygons developed by Traveller's Tales and Sonic Team for the Sega Saturn and PC, the latter version being ported to the GameCube and the PlayStation 2 in Sonic Gems Collection. It features characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The game is characterized by the same sense of environmental openness in the Sonic platformers. It contains colorful 3D graphics combined with a Powerpop soundtrack by Richard Jacques (including songs performed by British singer TJ Davis). The in-game music was stored as standard CD-AUDIO tracks on the game disk, meaning that the music from the game could be played on any standard CD player.



There are several collectible rings across each of the five racetracks. Each ring regenerates shortly. These rings can serve one of three purposes.

  • Stepping on a speed boost will consume up to 50 of a player's rings, and boost the player ahead along a preset path. The boost is at a speed approximately three times the normal maximum speed of a character and lasts for a duration proportional to the number of rings deducted. If a character has more than 50 rings, only 50 will be used.
  • Special doors on the tracks can open if a player reaches them with twenty or fifty rings (depending on the door). Twenty-ring doors frequently hide tokens, shortcuts, or both. Fifty-ring doors frequently hide Chaos Emeralds, shortcuts, or both. After being opened, the doors remain open for all players for the duration of the race.

There are also inexhaustible emblem bonuses. Touching an emblem gives the racer one of multiple possible rewards, including a random number of rings and the water and lightning shields that appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The water shield allows the racer to walk on water once, after which it disappears. The lightning shield attracts rings to itself, but is eliminated upon touching water (or after having it for a long enough time). Another bonus is the Power Sneakers which allow a player to run double his or her normal speed for a limited amount of time.

There are five racers in each race. The four racers selected depend on what character the player chooses. If the player chooses a secret character, he'll face the other secret characters that have been unlocked. If the player chooses a starting character, he races against the other starting characters. For the purposes of selecting the racers, Dr. Robotnik is treated as a starting character.

Some racers can run on water for a while, and all characters can "swim" in it indefinitely, at greatly reduced speed. In addition, each of the ten playable characters has a different speed and a unique set of abilities. Unlike most racing games, these abilities are designed such that certain characters, even among characters that are initially playable, have a clear edge over others.


Other modes

Aside from the main game, there are three special gameplay modes accessible from Time Attack mode: reverse, in which racing occurs facing the opposite direction, break five balloons, and tag four players.


Sonic R has five racetracks, based on staple Sonic level themes. The first four are playable from the start, and the final, Radiant Emerald, is unlocked by completing the initial tracks in first place with any character. In the PC version, the environment for the courses will change at random. For example, it will sometimes be raining or dark outside (If it is snowing on the course, all the water will freeze, allowing the character to walk on it).

  • Resort Island: The traditional tropical opening Sonic level, based around a beach environment with mountains, a waterfall and small ruins. The course song is Can You Feel the Sunshine?.
  • Radical City: A night-time city that includes casino elements, among which is a giant pinball table. The course song is Living in the City.
  • Regal Ruin: An Egyptian-themed course at sunset, resembling Angel Island. The course song is Back in Time.
  • Reactive Factory: This zone is a future-set, metallic, industrial factory setting based on Robotnik's fortress. This is the only level with a "fountain" of rings where you can obtain an infinite amount of rings. The course song is Work it Out.
  • Radiant Emerald: A surreal course seemingly set inside a giant Chaos Emerald in space. In the Saturn version, the course is completely translucent, but this transparency can be toggled on and off using an F-Key function in the PC version. The course song is Diamond in the Sky, but when the course is played as Super Sonic the full version of the main theme Super Sonic Racing plays. To unlock the track you must win in 1st place in the other race tracks.


Default characters

The following are the characters that are initially playable:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic is the fastest of the characters that are initially playable. He can double jump. He has quick acceleration and high top speed, but has poor handling.


Speed Accel Turns Grip Jump
  • Miles "Tails" Prower: Can fly at a fixed level for a limited period of time. He can take shortcuts that the others could not while doing so. He has good acceleration, but is difficult to turn with at high speeds.


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  • Knuckles the Echidna: Can glide for an unlimited period of time, gradually losing altitude. He is an all-round character, not having any major features and Speed and Control is even.


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  • Amy Rose: Amy drives a car (similar to her cart from Sonic Drift) and can hover over water. She is slow but has the ability to boost, giving her a very high top speed. She is unable to jump on her own.


Speed Accel Turns Grip Jump

Secret characters

All of these characters must be unlocked.

  • Doctor Eggman: He races in his trademark Eggmobile which can fire a short-range heat-seeking missile after collecting ten rings. He is not particularly fast, but can hover over water. He is unable to jump on his own.


Speed Accel Turns Grip Jump
  • Metal Sonic: He has a very high single jump and does not immediately fall into water, instead floating above it while losing speed, and then falling in after he has stopped completely. He has a lower acceleration compared to the other secret characters.


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  • Tails Doll: A Doll version of Tails. It is slightly faster than Tails, but with worse handling. It can float over water without slowing down or sinking, yet it cannot accelerate over water nor does it's hover function act as a jump, which means that it is impossible for it to jump over certain obstacles. The 'Tails Doll Curse' is an internet fad based on the Tails Doll character, which has made this previously obscure title fairly well known. However, there are confirmations that contribute to it, such as playing specific songs backwards.


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  • EggRobo: A humanoid robot whose head and body are shaped like an egg, first seen in Sonic & Knuckles. Its abilities are similar to those of Robotnik, but it is slow compared to the other secret characters. He has a lack of speed and has no jumping ability which makes him rather unfavorable in stages with lots of water.


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  • Metal Knuckles: A robotic Knuckles who is faster than the original, and has a higher yet slower glide. His speed is on par with Metal Sonic, slightly slower than Super Sonic and faster than the rest.


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  • Super Sonic: It is the fastest racer, and also the hardest to unlock. He can double jump and can run on the surface of water, provided that he can slow down. His only flaw is that he can be hard to control at times.


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For the PC versions the graphics were somewhat modified with better graphics and details. For example, races occur in random weather conditions, either normal, rainy, or snowy, unless the default settings are altered. Snowy weather freezes the water so that racers can run across it without sinking. The PC versions also allow one to select between software rendering and 3D acceleration. When using 3D acceleration, track lighting is far less dramatic, almost unnoticeable and occasionally too dark, when compared to the software rendered or original Saturn versions, a Drawn Distance option is available with either having far-off objects more noticeable or ridiculously close (making it an extra challenge for players). There were at least three PC versions released. The Activision release does not require the network patch, but does not include CD Audio tracks. The ValuSoft version has corrected some glitches and includes native support for Windows XP, and is identified by the credits as Sonic R 2004.

The version of the game in Sonic Gems Collection is similar to the PC version. Minor differences include that there is no Network option on the main menu and that the Options menu is slightly different. It uses the lighting style from the 3D accelerated mode. There is no Drawn Distance option as it is in the PC version, the entire level is seen with no drawn distance pop-ups including the multiplayer mode.

SoftKey released a jewel case version in 2000 for PC/Mac


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Sonic R
Box artwork for Sonic R.
Developer(s) Traveller's Tales
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s)
Sega Saturn
Genre(s) Racing
System(s) Sega Saturn, Windows
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Series Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic R is a Racing game for the Sega Saturn and Windows. The Windows version was integrated into the later Sonic Gems Collection. The game was designed by Sonic Team but was programmed by British developer Traveller's Tales, who also made Sonic 3D Blast for the Sega Genesis. In the game Sonic and his friends race around five race tracks.

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Sonic R
Sonic R
Developer(s) Traveller's Tales
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date Saturn: 1997 (NA)

PC: 1999 (NA)

Genre Racing
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Age rating(s) ESRB: K-A
Platform(s) PC, Sega Saturn
Media 64-Megabit Disc
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Sonic R is a racing game set in the universe of Sonic the Hedgehog. Developed by Traveller's Tales, it was released for the Sega Saturn and later ported to the PC.

The PC port was later re-released on the Nintendo GameCube as part of the Sonic Gems Collection.

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