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A Game Over screen, from the Wii U/PC version of Sonic Lost World.

If you lose a life with only one remaining, the game will end.

— Description, Sonic Mania[1]

Game Over is a subject that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series where the player has lost all lives. When this happens, it is common that the words "Game Over" will show on the screen.


The Game Over screen, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

In earlier Sonic games, getting a Game Over makes the player restart one's progress from the beginning of the whole game, generally from the title screen or the menu section. However, the player could also use a Continue to continue playing. After the save feature got introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog CD and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 however, the player could continue the game from the first Act of the Zone where they got a Game Over. In the SegaSonic the Hedgehog arcade game, when the player gets a Game Over, the player has to insert more coins into the cabinet within ten seconds to continue or get a Game Over. In several games, such as Sonic Adventure and Sonic Generations, if the player gets to the Game Over menu, the game asks to continue playing or return to the title screen or menu section of the game.

Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) are the three Sonic games in the series which do not feature a Game Over screen. Instead, the games will make the player start the level again from the beginning instead of at the last passed Star Post.

The only Sonic games to not feature the Game Over are Knuckles' Chaotix and Sonic Forces, as the player has infinite lives in those games. If the player loses a "life" in one of the zones in Knuckles’ Chaotix, they will return to the hub-world, World Entrance. If the player loses a "life" in Sonic Forces, the words "TRY AGAIN" will appear and the player is sent back to the last Star Post they passed.

The Game Over screen in Shadow the Hedgehog will display "Black Out" for a few seconds and then the player is asked to continue.

The Game Over screen of the Wii U/PC version of Sonic Lost World is heavily reminiscent of the Continue screen from the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Pressing WiiDSA.png here subsequently restores the player's life counter up to nine lives, and the player returns to the World Map (if the player has not finished Windy Hill Zone 1 yet, however, that Zone is replayed). If the player presses DSB.png, the game goes back to the Title Screen, leaving any unsaved data lost.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, the words "Game Over" immediately appear and the screen slowly darkens. Pressing WiiDSA.png here gives the player the following messages:

"When the going gets tough, try creating Items and RCs in Tails' Lab."
"Tails' Lab is located to the far left of the World Map."

The player's life counter is subsequently restored to ten lives, and they are sent back to the World Map, though if the player has not finished the Tutorial Zone yet, that Zone is replayed.


Game Artist(s) Length Music track
Sonic the Hedgehog/Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Masato Nakamura 0:15
Sonic the Hedgehog CD (JP/EU) Masafumi Ogata 0:15
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball N/A 0:05
Sonic Generations Jun Senoue 0:15
Sonic Mania Tee Lopes 0:09



  1. Sonic Mania (PC) English digital instruction booklet, "Playing the Game."
  2. Masato Nishimura on Twitter (Japanese). Twitter (9 July 2017). Archived from the original on 22 February 2019.
  3. Flynn, Ian; Sega (8 December 2021). "Sonic CD". Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Dark Horse Books. p. 34. ISBN 978-1506719276. "Hidden Goodies: Wait too long, and Sonic will say, "I'm outer [sic] here!" He'll then jump off the stage, costing you a life."