Mario fans are open to their favourite plumber starring in RPGs, racers and space adventures, but when Sonic tries something that doesn't involve him running right at high speeds it's often met with cynicism.
It's easy to see why after playing Sonic Labyrinth, a dreadful game with an identity crisis. The title makes it sound like you'll be in a maze and you do have to hunt for three keys in isometric, almost Monkey Ball-style levels before making your way to the goal. But then, Sega inexplicably throw bumpers and flippers into the mix to make you feel like you're in a pinball table.
Sonic is so slow when he's walking but you can curl into a ball, at which point he'll speed up a ramp but hit a bumper and you could be bouncing all over the place, making easy to hit an enemy and lose all your keys. So frustrating and not much fun.