This is a brilliant, fast-paced platform game for up to two players. You start out as Sonic, but unlock other characters as you complete levels. Each character has their own special skills and tools that you need to progress. The aim is simple - defeat the foes scattered through the levels, get to the end and eventually take on the big boss himself. But it is a bit more tricky to actually do it, and you will need all your skills and all the characters to do it. Once you have a character unlocked, you can switch instantly between them in a level.
The Fire & Ice part of the game comes from the special ability the characters have. When in Fire mode, they can melt ice (so can get past blocks that are in the way). When in Ice mode, they can freeze water into ice so can walk across without sinking to nasty spikes below.
The controls are easy to get used to (even Dad managed this one!) and are similar to other Sonic Boom games (like Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal that we've also reviewed). There are also useful hints and tips on what to do next and what controls you need to help you as you start out.
With each level you have the choice of either dashing through to try to complete it really quickly (this has some benefits if you have StreetPass enabled), or take your time to try to find all the hidden puzzles and secret areas.
We love this game and have found it really fun. Definitely one to put on the Christmas list for any gamer.
Review by D, aged 10, and daddy (a bit older).
More information about Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is available from the Nintendo UK website.