Review by BlakeS99

"Sonic the Hedgehog Advance: GBA game, or pocket-sized brilliance?"

Throughout the years, one thing was known about Sonic the Hedgehog games. They were either great gameplaying experiences, or complete flops. The former usually being the case. So, with this..how would Sonic, on a Nintendo system, mind you, turn out?

One word: Brilliance. To understand why..allow me to get on with the review.

~ Storyline ~
Dr.Robotnik (AKA Eggman) has stolen the Chaos Emeralds, while imprisoning poor animals in the process. Sonic, along with the help of his friends Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, go on a quest to get the emeralds back. Not to mention freeing the animals.

Seem familiar? It's generally the same storyline as the early Sonic games. Now..the story seems a little weak, but it's great to see the original Sonic storyline making a comeback. Therefore..
*Rating: 9/10*

~ Gameplay ~
Ahh. The old 2D style of Sonic gameplay is back. What's that mean? Well, just like in Sonic 3 & Knuckles, every character has Sonic-like levels. Knuckles doesn't have his exploration levels, Tails is out of the his Mech..the main point, for every character, is just to get to the end of the stage. There are two acts for each zone, the second of each having a boss fight at the end. There are four characters to choose from: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy. Each have their own abilities.

There are really only two buttons you need to worry about. A, which is the traditional jump button. Like in Sonic 3, if you press A to jump, then press it again, each character will do an action. Tails flies, Knuckles glides, etc. The second button, B, is an attack button. Sonic will somersault, Knuckles has his punches, Tails does a tail attack, and Amy attacks with her hammer. Simple enough?

There are many different modes of play, as well.

^Story Mode^
The regular story mode, go through the levels, yada-yada.

^Vs Mode^
Yes, there's a versus mode. Hook up with another player, and voila!

^Time Trial^
Like in Sonic 3, race through the levels, trying to get a high time.

^Options^
Customize the options.

^Tiny Chao Garden^
A tiny chao garden! Take care of a chao in a small Chao Garden! You can earn rings by playing games. With these, you can buy stuff for your little chao. I found this mode to be very fun.

Overall, it was great to see the original 2D Sonic gameplay returned, and it's incorporated even better in this game.
*Rating: 10/10*

~ Sound ~
Ahh..one of the greatest features in the game. All of the original Sonic sounds are back. The music is very enjoyable to listen to, and fits the levels perfect!
*Rating: 10/10*

~ Graphics ~
Sonic Advance is a very, very colorful game. It really pushes the GBA to the max! The levels are very well down, with great backgrounds and everything. The sprites are also well down, although I do have a few gripes about some the animations. (I.E.: Sonic's jump, walking uphill.)
Overall, the graphics are great.
*Rating: 10/10*

~ Overall ~
I love this game. It has nearly everything you could ever want in a Sonic game. Good graphics, awesome soundtrack, and great features to boot. If you're a Sonic fan, I highly suggest buying it as soon as it is released near you.

*Overall Rating: 10/10*


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 12/20/01, Updated 12/20/01


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