Review by MarioKartDriver

"Sonic loses a few rings of quality from the Genesis games"

Sonic the Hedgehog is definitely one of my favorite series. What makes it more unique from other platformers is that it is more fast-paced than the regular platformers like Super Mario Bros. Sonic Advance, though a nice game, just doesn't live up to it's older Genesis brothers. Still, it's a Sonic game, and Sonic games don't and will never suck :)

The graphics are on par with the Genesis games. The colors are bright and fluid and the acts are nice and are large enough to present a challenge in the gameplay. The enemies, like most Sonic games, are very strange robots. There's a nice variety in them and each have their own unique attack. All your favorite characters are here with very nice sprites. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy are all here with their own unique appearance (how they usually look). The thing that upsets me is the level variety. You've got the regular Neo Zone which has appeared in almost every Sonic game had. Ice, factories, Angel Island and Eggman's base are the usual Zones you'll find.

The gameplay, like all Sonic games, is a fast-paced platformer. All of the gameplay aspects, collecting rings, getting Chaos Emeralds, are back in this handheld version of Sonic. Your goal, of course, is to stop the evil Dr. Eggman from collecting all the Chaos Emeralds and trapping Sonic's friends. There are four different characters to choose from, each with their own unique abilities. Sonic, with his speed, Tails, with his flying ability, Amy, with her amazing jumping skill and Knuckles, who possesses an average of every skill. Each character's adventure isn't that different. It's still fun to play through the adventure with every character getting the fullest experience (you'll need to play with each character to totally beat the game). In addition to the main adventure with Sonic, Tails, Amy and Knuckles, you have included a Chao Garden in which you can raise your own Chao and transfer them to the GCN version of Sonic Adventure 2 Battle with the GCN/GBA link cable. It adds to the replay.

Sound is one of my favorite elements of Sonic games. Hearing all the sound effects is a real treat. The music, however, isn't that thrilling or exciting. The ring sound effect has been changed, what's up with that??

Replay Value, however, is scarce. There are only six zones each with only two acts. Disappointing yes, but this could mean to a better sequel. There are four characters, giving you 48 total acts counting each character. In addition to all the acts and multiplayer, there is a Chao Garden in which you can take care and play games with your Chao and transfer them to Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for Gamecube to win competitions and races. If you don't have a GCN or SA2B, that feature kind of disappears from the replay.

Overall, this game is very disappointing to it's Genesis brothers. Still, it's a great pocket adventure for our favorite blue hedgehog. Let's just hope Sonic Team is working on a sequel.

Graphics- 9/10
Gameplay- 8/10
Sound- 8/10
Replay Value- 6/10
Overall- 8/10

Rent/Buy- Buy for a lower price than $40; otherwise rent

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 03/09/02, Updated 03/09/02

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