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Sonic Lost World

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Sonic Lost World
Sonic Lost World cover
Sonic Team
Windows Sega Europe[1]
Hedgehog Engine
Release dates
Windows November 2, 2015[2]
Metacritic 57
OpenCritic 60
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Fantasy
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
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Sonic the Hedgehog fangames (series)
Sonic CD 1995
Sonic's Schoolhouse 1996
Sonic 3D Blast (series)
Sonic & Knuckles Collection 1997
Sonic R (series)
Sonic Adventure (series)
Sonic Heroes 2004
Sonic Mega Collection Plus 2006
Sonic Riders 2006
Sonic Racing (series)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2010
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2010
Sonic Spinball 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2011
Sonic 3 & Knuckles 2011
Sonic Generations 2011
Sonic CD (2012) 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II 2012
Sonic Dash 2014
Sonic Lost World 2015
Sonic Mania 2017
Sonic Forces 2017
Sonic the Hedgehog (mobile decompilation) 2021
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (mobile decompilation) 2021
Sonic Colors: Ultimate 2021
Sonic Origins 2022
Sonic Frontiers 2022
The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog 2023
Sonic Superstars 2023
Sonic Dream Team 2023
Sonic X Shadow Generations 2024

Sonic Lost World is a third-person platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega.

After its exclusive Wii U debut in October 2013, a PC port of the game developed by Sega Europe was released via Steam on November 2, 2015.[2]

The PC version of Sonic Lost World lacks multiple features of the original Wii U version, including multiplayer, RC vehicles, the Circus mini-game, and the Yoshi's Island Zone and The Legend of Zelda Zone DLC levels. Additionally, gamma correction is missing and depth-of-field ordering is broken, lowering the graphical fidelity of levels. Community mods are available to restore most of the features.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
NiGHTMARE Zone Included with the base game installation.
Yoshi's Island Zone and The Legend of Zelda Zone are exclusive to the Wii U version, and not available for the PC version without unofficial ports.

Add PC port of Yoshi's Island Zone and The Legend of Zelda Zone

Download DLC Restoration mod
Requires Hedge Mod Manager.

Essential improvements

Lost World Essentials

Restores various missing features from the original Wii U version and fixes various issues with the PC port such as enabling anti-aliasing, correcting gamma, and fixing broken depth of field.
Requires Hedge Mod Manager.

Fixed Super Sonic

Fixes Super Sonic's model so that his mouth switches properly and his quills constantly stay up.
Requires Hedge Mod Manager.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/329440/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\<user-id>.sdat[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/329440/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Anamorphic 16:9. Use this plugin with Flawless Widescreen.
Anamorphic 16:9. Use this plugin with Flawless Widescreen.
Anamorphic 16:9. Use this plugin with Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use this plugin with Flawless Widescreen.
See Window styling for window styling options.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Game only supports borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA via Lost World Essentials.
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector with the 0x084010C5 anti-aliasing compatibility flag. Causes minor shader aliasing, especially at 2x and 4x; 4x or 8x is recommended.[3]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS. FMV cutscenes are pre-rendered at 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
See High frame rate. If physics related issues are encountered, shift the max FPS parameter to higher or lower values.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Use dgVoodoo 2 and either Auto HDR on Windows 11 or Special K.

High frame rate

Change frame rate throttle with a command line argument[4]

--F30 - This will change the expected throttle to 30 FPS and may help with machines around the minimum requirements.

--F# - Where # is the maximum desired FPS. Recommended to reduce frame rate related issues as much as possible.

--F - This will completely disable frame rate locking and allow the machine to run as best as it can; this is the most unstable mode, but it can be tried as a last resort.


High frame rates may cause some physics to be more intense or make the game behave in unexpected ways.
  • 120 FPS, for example, will cause the last part of Frozen Factory Zone 4 to become unplayable due to the friction of snow becoming too intense, making it impossible to gain enough speed before the ice slope to pass the huge gap before the end.
  • However, 144 FPS is playable on that stage by seemingly making the ice physics too intense and by extension cancelling out the increased snow friction, but also makes it impossible to accelerate on ice by constantly stopping Sonic's momentum once he hits a certain speed, requiring the player to let Sonic slide instead of actively doing it.

Window styling


To set the window style options, find the bytes 25 FF FF FB FF 0D 00 00 CB 00 50 6A F0 51, then replace 00 00 CB 00 with your windowing parameters (e.g. 00 00 CF 00 makes the window resizable).



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Can be disabled by pressing S during cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Lacks the in-game option to choose different languages for audio and text present in the original Wii U version.[5]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed

Game crashes at startup

Make sure there are no more than 4 controllers connected at once[6]

Poor image quality

Change High DPI settings for <path-to-game>\slw.exe[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Right-click on slw.exe and select Properties from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select the Compatibility tab and click Change high DPI settings.
  4. Under the High DPI scaling behavior section, enable Override High DPI scaling behavior and make sure scaling is set to Application.

Game crashing at random parts

Turn the Grass setting off[citation needed]
Change your display's refresh rate to 60 Hz[citation needed]

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Sonic Lost World.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9Ex
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Criware
Cutscenes Criware


Minimal HUD

Disables some HUD elements that could be considered redundant.

Requires Hedge Mod Manager.
The current version removes the item suitcase selection circle.

Wii U Font

Replaces the new typefaces used in the PC port with the one used in the original Wii U version.
Requires Hedge Mod Manager.

Wii U Animal Requirements

Increases the amount of animals needed to unlock each stage to be in line with the Wii U release.
Requires Hedge Mod Manager.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB (XP)
3 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 2900
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2022-08-17
    Checked by looking at credits.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog on X - last accessed on 2023-12-21
    "Praise Gaben! Sonic Lost World is arriving on Steam November 2nd."
  3. NVidia Anti-Aliasing Guide (updated) | Page 159 | guru3D Forums - last accessed on 2024-02-11
  4. Sonic Lost World Patch - Public test branch :: Sonic Lost World General Discussions - last accessed on May 2023
  5. Miiverse - Mairo's post | Nintendo
  6. Verified by User:Thebrickstershotpizza on 2023-12-20
    I had an issue, that was the issue. I went through it with a Lost World modder. Game crashes with more than 4 controllers at a time.
  7. [FIXED] Game locked at 720p resolution :: Sonic Lost World General Discussions - last accessed on 2023-12-20