Review by CChan

"A great compilation of Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles"

Sonic & Knuckles Collection is a CD that has the compilation of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic 3 & Knuckles from Genesis (thanks to people at SEGA, you can play it on your PC). Sonic 3 & Knuckles is the result of the 'Lock-On' technology from Genesis.

Graphics – 9
They are almost the same as the 3 original Sonic games I mentioned above from Genesis. Noticeable bright colours, amazing backgrounds in every single zones, quick, rapid movements in these graphics make this game beautiful. If you want to resize the screen to full, the quality and graphics will be slightly changed.

Music – 9
The background music are, of course from the Genesis games so there aren't going to be any difference. The music still maintain their good, old songs and tunes from Death Egg Zone can be the really the best.

Gameplay – 10
If you start playing, I recommend starting off with Sonic 3 & Knuckles. This combined game can be played by any of the three characters, Sonic, Tails or Knuckles. The three of them can go to the beautifully designed levels, 3D special stages, bonus levels to collect rings and play in a 2 player split-mode style. There are 14 Emeralds to collect to become the ultimate Super Sonic, Hyper Sonic, Super Tails, Super Knuckles or Hyper Knuckles! Wow! That's a quite a lot! Also, collecting all Emeralds is not an easy task.

Also, you may be sure that there are traps and various sorts of enemies to prevent you from getting further. Certain bosses are difficult to defeat and you’ll need to use your brain (do I hear someone groaning again?), find its weakness and defeat it once and for all.

Story – 8
Dr. Robotnik is up to his sleeves once more, and his mind is now set on the Chaos Emeralds. After the destruction of his Death Egg Zone (in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, haven’t bought it? Shame on you), he crushes into Angel Island (known as Floating Island too) and tumbles it down to the sea because of the great force. He began to trick Knuckles into believing that Sonic wanted to steal the Chaos Emeralds (while actually, Robotnik is the one who’s going to steal them to repair his Death Egg)! Being a guardian, Knuckles won’t let anyone steal them easily and therefore, you’ll see his a bit irritating red, spiny, grinning face throughout the adventure.

Replayability – 8
Some Chaos Emeralds are hard to obtain so that should keep you coming back and keep on playing until you become the true master of Sonic 3 & Knuckles! But, don’t play too much, this game will be nothing to you by the time you replay it the tenth time.

Overall – 9
This is truly a fun (and great) game of Sonic the Hedgehog. Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog and action gamers are recommended to buy this game now! Words just can’t describe the deftness, coolness and the amazing graphics and the quality of the game. You just got to buy it!

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 05/06/00, Updated 05/06/00

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