Review by Moochthemonkey

Reviewed: 09/27/03

Sonic, Tails, and knuckles, can now be found on the PC!

Some of your favorite Sega characters, Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails, can now be found in this collection of original Sonic games! It comes with three classic titles, Sonic 3, Sonic and Knuckles, and Sonic 3 and Knuckles. (Consolidated Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles.) You can play as swift Sonic, flying Tails, and soaring Knuckles, as Sonic and Tails rush in over 10 levels trying once again to stop Robotnik in his malevolent schemes. You can choose to play as Knuckles also, for he is trying to collect all the emeralds, but he will have to face Robotnik and other fiends in his way.

Originally off the Sega, you now don’t need the lock in feature that was found in the Sonic and Knuckles game for the Genesis. The original idea was that Sonic and Knuckles, and Sonic 3 were both one game at one time, but Sega released them as two separate games on the same day. So don’t be tricked into buying this game if the only reason is because there says that there is three games included, because technically there is only one.

There also is a save game feature. Unlike most Sega Genesis games, you would have to start over every time you turned the Genesis on/off. (Unless you used level select cheats or the password functions, but those could not be found in every game.) So don’t feel prompted to beat this game right away, because this game may take over a few hours, especially if you are looking for all the emeralds.

This game is two players too, you can play as Sonic and Tails in the levels just like in Sonic 2. Sadly, you cannot play as both Sonic and Knuckles. That would make even easier than it is. The two player races are also included in this game too, now you and a friend can zoom across the levels against each other. It really is not that great, and it was not necessary for Sega to include this.

The zones and levels are massive. There are plenty of hidden areas that are only accessible to certain characters. Like all the other Sonic games, you start out on an island. You will also venture across a plane, a volcano, Egypt, among many others. There is plentiful of enemies to bash all with different skills and animations. You will gain enjoyment from bouncing off pinballs and springs, speed through loops, break through walls, and there is innumerable more things to enjoy!

Play as Tails, the flying fox. Tails holds the ability too ascend into the air, until he gets tired and he falls down slowly. Then you can play as the new character, Knuckles. He has three abilities that none of the other characters’ possess. He can use his fists to pound open walls. Not only that, but he can nail his knuckles into the wall and climb up it. His third strength is being able to glide all over the stages. However, having all these characteristics will make Knuckles have some limitations, like not being able to jump as high as the other characters, and not having the same powers to move as deftly as Sonic and Tails.

Sonic does not acquire any special talents, like the other characters, aside from being the fastest. He does have the ability to take advantage of the power ups, though. New to this game, there are three shields, fire, water, and lightning. All the characters will be protected against fire and lightning attacks, as well as being able to breathe under water infinitely, as long as the shield is protecting you. Sonic though, is also capable of doing more. When he has the fire shield, watch Sonic dash across the screen in a flame. When the water shield is acquired, Sonic can bounce like a basketball. The lighting shield, gives Sonic the ability to double jump.

I have to mention the bonus stages too. There are approximately eight 3D Bonus stages to master. You play as Sonic as he travels around a globe collecting blue spheres while avoiding the red ones. It is a nice installment to the series, along with the other bonus stages that you will have fun with too.

Nothing much was altered music and graphic wise from the Genesis game. You will still enjoy hearing the same upbeat tunes you heard from the Genesis. Nothing noticeably is improved in the graphics area. When you enlarge the screen though, the game starts to be distorted, but this is not a huge problem. When I have it on a small screen, a weird glitch in the game makes it go in fast forward. It may not be the same for your game though…

Once you have finished the game, there will be replay value. You will want to go back and play the other levels with Tails and Knuckles, and explore more areas. You will also have fun finding the hidden rings, which leads you to a Bonus 3d stage. If the stage is beaten, you will be rewarded with one of the several emeralds. In addition, with the emeralds, you can access Super Sonic, Knuckles and Tails.

So overall, this game gets an 8/10. It’s an enjoyment, but once this collection of games was released for the PC, it was way past the 2D Platform Genre. So maybe Sega should have enhanced it up to date. However, this game is at an awfully good price of $10, and if you do not have a Genesis or ever played Sonic games, this is the perfect opportunity to test the series.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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