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Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance)

83
MobyRank
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4.0
MobyScore
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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall MobyScore (17 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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91
IGN
Now, the GBA's Sonic Advance doesn't have these little hidden tokens to collect, but it makes up for it by hiding the super secret bonus world somewhere deep in each level...which means, if you simply blast through the game, you'll never gain access to the special worlds, and you'll never find the Chaos Emeralds, and you'll never finish the game with the best ending. Exploration is a good thing, people, and it's what makes Sonic better on the Game Boy Advance than on the Genesis. Add to this the ability to play as four distinctly different characters, and you've got yourself a game that you can play over and over well after you've completed all the levels the first time.
90
Cubed3
A wonderful asset to you GBA library. Sonic fans everywhere rejoiced when this game was release, Mario fans fainted. Sonic's debut on a Nintendo system couldn't have hoped for much more, if you like Sonic you'll like this, if you don't you wont.
90
Gamereactor (Sweden)
Men på det hela taget är detta ett av de bästa spelen som hittills nått Nintendos nya spelgosse. Jag älskar de nya miljöerna. Speciellt plus för snö och isbanan som i mina ögon är bland det bästa någonsin i ett Sonic-spel. Självklart är den första zonen i klassisk "green hill"-stil. Och det kan ju aldrig bli gammalt eller fel. Fienderna kan ibland vara så små att de knappt går att se. Ett gott betyg till upplösningen på den bärbara krabaten, men frustrerande om man susar fram i högsta fart. Något man gör allt som oftast gör i Sonic Advance. Men då coh då varvas farten med precisionshopp och passager som kräver lite tankemöda. Välbalanserat.
90
Gaming Target
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle for GameCube, also released in February, sports one of the key GameCube special features, the GameCube/Game Boy Advance connectivity. With the cable, players can take part in a variety of chao races, memory puzzles, and other mini-games. Sending the chao between GameCube and Game Boy Advance works in vein to what Dreamcast and it’s VMU Memory card did.
88
GameSpy
Sonic Advance is everything that a side-scrolling platform loving fan could ask for. It's got all the great, tried and true, fast-paced Sonic action of the old Genesis series, looks fine, plays excellently, and offers some fun multiplayer action. The ability to link to the GameCube is a nice, if limited addition, and without a doubt, Sonic fans will love the Advance rendition.
87
Netjak
All in all, Sonic Advance is a fun trip down memory lane for the old-school Genesis gamers. It may be worthwhile to wait for the price to come down, unless you're also planning on buying Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for GameCube, as there will be some interconnectivity between those two games via the soon-to-be-released GBA Link Cable. Other than that, though, while this is an excellent 2D Sonic game, being able to save after every level, while having its advantages, also detracts from the replay value dramatically, and the extra characters really aren't different enough to make up for that. My advice is to rent first, and see if Sonic Advance has enough old-school gaming goodness to be worth your $40.
85
Game Informer Magazine
Sega has struggled in bringing its blue icon to the three-dimensional world of the next-generation systems; Sonic Advance might be a good argument for the fact that the Sonic franchise belongs in 2D. This all-new GBA adventure is – amazingly – graphically superior to any of Sonic’s Genesis adventures, and adds a ton of replay value with no less than four playable characters (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy) who each have their own unique moves and abilities. To sweeten the pot even further, you can link four GBAs together for multiplayer, and even grow Chaos to import into the GameCube for use in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. It’s too bad the single-player mode is a bit short, or this would have been darn near perfect.
83
Defunct Games
If there's one thing Sega knows, it's how to get the most out of a Sonic game. And while Sonic Advance is far from perfect, at least it's not a remake of a decade old title. This gives me great hope that there is still a future for 2D platformers, and as long as I can go to sleep knowing that I should be able to wake up in a good mood.
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SegaFan.com
A los que juegan por primera vez a un Sonic con Game Boy les recomiendo encarecidamente que busquen las roms de Megadrive y las prueben. Los demás sacarán sus propias conclusiones como yo he hecho y decidirán si es suficiente un buen refrito como Sonic Advance o si lo que quieren es un Sonic innovador que rompa moldes. Yo prefiero lo segundo. Pero hasta que llegue, Sonic Advance es un excelente pasatiempo.
80
Nintendo Life
If in 1991 you were to tell a gamer that SEGA's prized Sonic the Hedgehog would spin onto a Nintendo handheld in 2002, it is possible they would burn you at the stake as a blasphemer. It is this historical turning of the tide that makes Sonic Advance such a potent retro title, but it is the way in which it maintains the classic feel of 2D Sonic platform game design that will keep you coming back for more. By incorporating four controllable characters, Dimps and the Sonic Team allow players to progress on their own terms. You can be slow and steady, scouring each level for seven Chaos Emeralds, or fast and impulsive, rushing to the final X-Zone. There is an enjoyable vibrancy to the backgrounds, as well as charming animation and audio that flows well alongside the classics of the series. Add multiplayer to the mix, as well as the Tiny Chao Garden that links to the Gamecube, and Sonic Advance is a treat for Nintendo and SEGA fans alike.
80
Nintendo Life
If in 1991 you were to tell a gamer that SEGA's prized Sonic the Hedgehog would spin onto a Nintendo handheld in 2002, it is possible they would burn you at the stake as a blasphemer. It is this historical turning of the tide that makes Sonic Advance such a potent retro title, but it is the way in which it maintains the classic feel of 2D Sonic platform game design that will keep you coming back for more. By incorporating four controllable characters, Dimps and the Sonic Team allow players to progress on their own terms. You can be slow and steady, scouring each level for seven Chaos Emeralds, or fast and impulsive, rushing to the final X-Zone. There is an enjoyable vibrancy to the backgrounds, as well as charming animation and audio that flows well alongside the classics of the series. Add multiplayer to the mix, as well as the Tiny Chao Garden that links to the Gamecube, and Sonic Advance is a treat for Nintendo and SEGA fans alike.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Sonic signe une apparition plus que réussie sur Gameboy Advance. Le jeu reste dans la tradition des premiers épisodes sur SMS et Megadrive, mais le soft est inédit et permet d'incarner quatre personnages différents. Les modes de jeu proposés en multijoueur sont particulièrement variés. Un titre à ne pas rater sur GBA.
80
UOL Jogos
Sonic Advance é um grande presente para quem tem saudades da fase clássica de Sonic, mas com algumas modernizações bem-vindas. O único problema é que, como os jogos da época, seu design supõe que você pode vencer todas as fases em uma única jogada - efetivamente encurtando a experiência. Mas se você é daqueles que quer pegar todos os segredos, vai suar para conseguir todas as Chaos Emeralds.
80
Thunderbolt Games
All in all, Sonic Advance is a fabulous game that successfully delivers some of the most enjoyable 2D gameplay on the GameBoy Advance. The mixture of blazing speed and platforming elements makes it even more entertaining then the blue hedgehog’s past Genesis offerings, but the game’s short quest mode is a big letdown. The chao raising and link-up multiplayer modes are valiant attempts at bolstering the game’s lasting appeal, but what’s really needed is a longer single player quest mode. If you are getting tired of Nintendo’s constant milking of old SNES Mario rehashes, then you will probably be ecstatic to actually be getting an all-new Sonic game for the GBA. So is it worthy of your hard-earned cash despite the short single player? Absolutely. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the best Sonic game to be released in the past eight years would you?
80
GamePro (US)
Sonic Advance a simple, tried-and-true blast from the past, faithfully recapturing the hog’s legacy and reigning in just enough characters and elements from the new to satiate anyone craving more from their marsupials than just movin to the right at really high speeds.
79
GameSpot
Since its debut in 1989, Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series has seen some of the finest monuments of 2D platforming ever produced. However, as games shifted their emphasis to polygonal graphics and 3D gameplay, it began to appear that Sonic's 2D days were behind him. But, while 2D may be disappearing on home consoles, sprites can be found alive and well in the portable market, thanks to Nintendo's Game Boy Advance--a sprite powerhouse that has quickly become the new home of 2D gaming. Thanks to the 2D renaissance brought about by the capable little system, Sonic is able to put on his best sprites for one more spin dash down the 2D highway in Sonic Advance. While the game is slightly flawed due to some imbalances in its gameplay, it's ultimately a satisfying experience thanks to a mix of classic Sonic 2D gameplay, a familiar cast of characters, and new technology.
75
Game Critics
This game managed to do something its 3-D counterparts never could: catch my interest and hold on to it. I spent a lot of time simply looking around each level, experimenting with each character and attempting to find the various chao emeralds. Overall, Sonic Advance is a fun title that does a good job of bringing the little blue hedgehog back in the 2-D world. It’s good to know that, with a soon to be released collection on GameCube and a sequel in the works, this won’t be 2-D Sonic’s last adventure.
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The Video Game Critic
I do like the stage select feature that lets you bypass those you've completed. The well-orchestrated background tunes range from the mysterious, grinding jams of the Secret Base stage, to the tranquil, peaceful melodies of the Ice Mountain Zone. Extra modes include a two-player race mode and a time trial mode. Although the time trial saves the best times, it inexplicably does not save your initials. Sonic Advance has its share of issues, but it still feels good to see the hedgehog back in 2D.