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Sonic 3D Blast

MobyRank MobyScore
SEGA Saturn
63
...
Windows
71
3.2
Wii
...
4.2
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Description

While visiting Flicky Island, Sonic notices that the Flickies, his small, feathered friends that can travel between parallel worlds, were captured and turned into badniks (the robot enemies of Sonic) by Dr. Robotnik in his never-ending quest for the Chaos Emeralds. Seven levels separate Sonic from the final showdown with Robotnik.

Sonic 3D was the last Sonic title released for the Mega Drive, the only platforming presence of the blue blur in the Sega Saturn, and one of his rare appearances in Personal Computers. The title, considering the era it was released, is somewhat misleading, as instead of full blown 3D graphics it uses an isometric view where Sonic can move not only forwards and backwards, but also left and right.

Gameplay is much slower when compared to other games in the series, and the number of badniks is reduced to five in each section. As usual, when Sonic destroys one badnik, an animal leaps free from its insides, but this time Sonic has to pick him up and lead them to an interdimensional ring. While they can be taken one by one, exploring the level with all five allow the player to reach for otherwise inaccessible continue tokens. Unlike all other previous games, time isn't a requirement: if the player completes a level in more than 10 minutes, it would only mean there would be no time bonus at the end. Finally, to collect all seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic first must find Tails or Knuckles and offer them at least 50 rings.

Screenshots

Sonic 3D Blast SEGA Saturn Knuckles takes you to the Special Stage
Sonic 3D Blast Windows I suppose this is the Spring Yard Zone...
Sonic 3D Blast Genesis Rusty Ruin Zone
Sonic 3D Blast Windows Tails also unlocks a Special Stage

Alternate Titles

  • "Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island" -- European name
  • "ソニック 3D フリッキーアイランド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An embarrassment to Sonic. Windows Satoshi Kunsai (1817)
Craptacular Genesis MegaMegaMan (1886)
Action Genesis attilathehun (4)
Not a fantastic game. Genesis Weston Sharpensteen (32)

The Press Says

PC Player (Germany) Windows Sep, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mega Fun Genesis Feb, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Entertainment Weekly Genesis Dec 13, 1996 B 75
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Edge SEGA Saturn Mar, 1997 6 out of 10 60
Sega-16.com Genesis Dec 18, 2004 6 out of 10 60
IMPLANTgames SEGA Saturn Sep 10, 2009 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Jun 27, 2000 C 50
Entertainment Weekly SEGA Saturn Dec 13, 1996 C 50
GameSpot Wii Dec 12, 2007 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

The Bonus Stages are different between the three versions. In the Mega Drive version, you travel across a bridge collecting Rings while avoiding spike balls. In the PC version, you move along a halfpipe, again collecting rings and avoiding spikes. In the Saturn version, you travel across a polygonal tube, which has spike balls, speed boosters, a whirling tube, springs, bottomless pits, and (of course) rings. In my opinion the Saturn version has the best Bonus Stages of the three versions.
Contributed to by Archagon (103), Kartanym (10785), Sciere (234463) and Syed GJ (1547)