Review by Videogamer

Reviewed: 11/01/99 | Updated: 02/22/01

The last Sonic game for the Genesis is the best!

When this game came out back in 1996, it was very revolutionary and probably pushes the Genesis hardware to it's limits. I also believe that it was the last game made for it before the Genesis was discontinued.

Story: 7 out of 10
The story is that Robotnick learns about the powers that these birds called "Flickies" have, and turns them into robots. When Sonic goes to flicky island to visit them, all he finds are robots! So, Sonic goes on a quest to find the flickies.

Gameplay: 9 out of 10
The gameplay in this game is very different from the rest of the series. Instead of the usual running through the levels collecting rings and bashing the occasional robot, in this game you must collect the five Flickies in each "section" of each act of each world (there are 2 or 3 sections to each of the first 2 acts and the third act is a battle with robotnick). In each section, you must find the five robots and free the flickies then take them to the big ring so they can return to their demension. Unfortionately, if you're hit by something, you will lose your rings and flickies you were carrying, and since some of the flickies can get camafloged in the scenery it can sometimes be very hard to get them back. Sonic is the only playable character in this game, but you can find Tails and Knuckles hidden in each of the levels to take you to the bonus levels to earn the Chaos Emeralds (why not something else for once).

Graphics: 10 out of 10
The graphics in this game are simply spectacular and the best i've ever seen for the Genesis. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is in full 3D with no polygon tearing anywhere. Since this is the Genesis, though the camera is always set at an overhead view since there's nowhere to put camera controls on the controller. The way 3D graphics were used in this game are outdated by todays standards, but for the Genesis, it was absolutely spectacular.

Play Control: 9 out of 10
The play control in this game is just fine, but it does take some getting used to since it's so different from all the other Sonic games.

Music and Sound: 8 out of 10
Some of the music is very catchy, but some of it is also kind of annoying. The sound effects are improved a little from the rest of the series.

There are points in the game where you just have no idea what to do, and like I said before, the flickies you lose can sometimes blend in with the scenery making it difficultt to get them back.

Game Challenge: 9 out of 10
This game is very challenging and should take you a while to complete. Also, like most of the other games in the series, you have to get all the emeralds to be able to successfully finish the game (hint: try to do the Knuckles bonus stage for the last 2, it's a lot easier).

Overall 9 out of 10
This is the last and the best of the Sonic the hedgehog series for the Genesis if you can find it at a good price somewhere, besure to pick it up!

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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