Sega has unveiled another 'wisp' for Sonic Colours. Wisps are little alien dudes who inhabit the planets that Robotnik has shackled together to create his devilish theme parks, and they act as power-ups when Sonic picks them up. The latest is the pink wisp (pictured) for the Wii version, which makes Sonic sticky. His spikes get harder (no, we're not making this up) and he gains the ability to stick to walls and even ceilings.
Seeing as Sonic can already run up walls and along ceilings in virtually all his other games, I'm not convinced this is a 'power-up' at all. In fact, now I think about it, all the other previously announced 'power-ups' sound familiar too. Look:
White wisp: Allows Sonic to boost at any time
You mean... like he could in Sonic Adventure from the start? Okay...
Cyan wisp: Turns Sonic into a laser which can bounce off surfaces and travel through powerlines
You mean... like the zigzag wall jumping in Sonic Heroes? Or the light speed dash in Sonic Adventure?
Yellow wisp: Allows Sonic to dig through soft ground
Like he could do in Sonic 1, Sonic 2 and Sonic 3? No, we haven't forgotten. Neither's Mario, by the way.
Orange wisp: Blasts Sonic upwards like a rocket
See what I mean? It doesn't bode well for the next wisp reveal. What could it be? Maybe 'Transparent wisp' which allows Sonic to breathe. Or how about 'Crap Brown' wisp that turns him into a werehog?
While the wisps are certainly a little bemusing, I'm very pleased to say the game is looking like being one of Sonic's best 3D games in ages (despite its kiddy target audience), so don't think I'm hating on it.
So what if Sonic's a bit sticky. Right?
Above: Sticky Sonic is sticking to that wall. Maybe he should stay away from unfamiliar wisps from now on?
Can you think of any other coloured wisps Sega could still put in the game? Get as creative as you like in the comments.
20 Aug, 2010