Sonic Generations is a platform game in which players control two variants of Sonic the Hedgehog: “Classic” or “Modern”. Classic Sonic’s gameplay is restricted side-scrolling gameplay similar to the original Sonic the Hedgehog games released in the 1990s, and requires him to use moves such as the Spin Dash and the Spin Attack. Modern Sonic’s gameplay follows the gameplay style of Sonic Rush (2005), Sonic Unleashed (2008), and Sonic Colors (2010), featuring an amalgamation of third-person and side-scrolling perspectives and techniques such as boosting and homing attacks. Both Sonics collect rings as a form of health, and power-ups such as elemental shields, invincibility, speed shoes, skateboards, or Wisps. Players can also customize each Sonic’s abilities, and purchase additional ones at a Skill Shop.