Sonic Advance 2 Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: Dr. Eggman is up to his old tricks again, and the world's fastest hedgehog must put a stop to it. Your favorite characters are back in Sonic's fastest adventure ever. A new friend named Cream the Rabbit joins Sonic as they embark on a blazingly fast quest to collect Chaos Emeralds andDr. Eggman is up to his old tricks again, and the world's fastest hedgehog must put a stop to it. Your favorite characters are back in Sonic's fastest adventure ever. A new friend named Cream the Rabbit joins Sonic as they embark on a blazingly fast quest to collect Chaos Emeralds and thwart Dr. Eggman's nefarious machines. Evade the obstacles and enemies, unlock secret areas, and uncover the hidden Chaos Emeralds to transform into Super Sonic for the final battle. With all-new backgrounds and faster speed than ever before, all of the lightning action of Sonic is back. Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    Sonic fans will be in heaven, as will anyone who enjoys a good healthy adrenaline rush.
  2. 100
    The levels are huge now. While they were pretty big before, they were basically straight forward. Not anymore.
  3. Hands down one of the most impressive looking games that I have seen on the GBA. The backgrounds are vibrant, colorful and full of life.
  4. The levels are larger and require more exploration than the typical Sonic game; the abilities of the five separate playable characters actually have an influence over the strategy you'll use to complete an area.
  5. Slight negativity aside, Sonic Advance 2 represents Sonic at its best - fast, slick, looking great and offering yet more of those bonus features (now unlockable, however). Whilst technically there have been better Sonic games, none have managed to quite capture the frantic essence of speed and style like this does.
  6. While this game is a great improvement from the last one, Sonic Advance 2 does run out of steam pretty quickly. You’ll feel as though you played this game before.
  7. What it doesn't have is originality or depth, making this sequel more subsonic than supersonic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. GaryR.
    Apr 24, 2003
    10
    Great game. Better than the first Sonic Advance game. 2D Sonic rules!
  2. Chrisl
    Jan 6, 2004
    10
    It is an excellent game but i cant find enough special rings theirfor ich cant get the crazy emeralds.
  3. Darb
    May 25, 2003
    9
    Sa2 is a good game that will keep you busy for awile with its chaos emerald collecting which is used to unlock features in the game. the gameSa2 is a good game that will keep you busy for awile with its chaos emerald collecting which is used to unlock features in the game. the game is faster than sa1. the bosses do get annoying, but over all, it is a great game that goes good with your collection. i gave it a 9 because it is one of the best game so far on the gba, but nothing much new, but that can be a good thing for change can sometimes be a bad thiing. the multiplayer is a must play as well. i very recommend this game. Expand
  4. TomS.
    Jul 29, 2003
    9
    Wicked fun but no chao until you complete it.
  5. Nov 23, 2013
    9
    After making the excellent Sonic Advance, how on Earth would they make Sonic Advance 2 better. Well, in almost every way. The music andAfter making the excellent Sonic Advance, how on Earth would they make Sonic Advance 2 better. Well, in almost every way. The music and sound quality is better. There's little animations before you start your zone that make the game feel more lively as well. With new tricks added to grinding, ramps, and bumpers, it adds a new layer of precision to objects that used to fling you around where you had no input while you were flying by.

    This game is better, stronger, and faster than the first Sonic Advance. It leads the game to feel more epic and thrilling, and the running boss fights are an excellent addition, but also quite challenging.

    Probably the only thing that has always bugged me was how difficult finding the special rings are. It's particularly difficult as you will likely fly past one without realizing, and you must make a certain path to each one. Some are intuitive to find, but others are so far off the beaten path. I've spent hours in a zone searching, and that's just not fun. Still, the extra boss is great and was worth the torment.

    Overall, this game builds upon the first and makes it much better. On the other hand, must won't see the whole game through because of how difficult finding those special rings are.
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  6. May 16, 2015
    8
    Could be better than the first game. The game is what you expect from other Sonic games from the Genesis. This game introduces Cream theCould be better than the first game. The game is what you expect from other Sonic games from the Genesis. This game introduces Cream the Rabbit, who is one of my favorite Sonic characters. You rescue your friends as Sonic in one of the zones.

    This game can be hard in 4 directions. It bugs me on how the Special Rings counter doesn't even tell you what S Ring did you get. You'll probably get either the 3rd or 4th ring without even knowing that you missed the others ones. Assume that that there are 4 rings before the checkpoint, check every place find them. But, there is no coming back once you passed the rails, cannons, or large gaps where you'll be able to fly back. Try to remember where you can find those in an Act in each Zone that is easy for you.

    The Special Zones can put you at risk. make sure you get any ring, streak of rings or the 5 rings, you find to maximize your multiplier to get the Chaos Emeralds. When trying to run from the robot that is close to you, do a jump so you'll bounce ahead off the robot to accelerate.

    The most annoying part of the game is that when you pause an quit, you are not taken back to the level select, it takes you back to the main menu. You'll lose those extra lives. When trying to find the Special Rings, realizing you missed a few, it'll take about 6 seconds to go through the menu, select your character and get back to the main game. Sonic is the hardest because he doesn't have any flight moves.

    The bosses are quite the challenge unless have extra lives. Cream is your best character for this. She can throw her Chao, Cheese, into the bosses without getting hurt. This is why Cream is character that you will love as a character and a fighter.

    You can spend hours trying to find the Special Rings to get the Emeralds, and fighting Eggman. Tails, Knuckles, and Cream is who you can rely on in this game.
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  7. Nov 28, 2011
    4
    Sonic is back in action for the second time on the Nintendo Gameboy Advanced Console. The music and sound effects are unique and varied and aSonic is back in action for the second time on the Nintendo Gameboy Advanced Console. The music and sound effects are unique and varied and a joy to listen to. There are four game modes, The main game, Time Trial mode, link cable multiplayer racing and chao garden mode which is an unlockable.
    Both the multiplayer racing modes and the Chao Garden are limited distractions/minigames which distract from the main experience temporarily but don't add much to the replayability factor of the game as a whole. The sense of speed you get in this game is absolutely amazing but with this in mind it come at a cost. The level design feels empty and bland for the most part and enemies like to be right in your way stopping you speed and momentum or hovering over a pit waiting to knock you into it. The level designers have a guilty pleasure of removing the ground out from under you while you are going at top speed and sending you frequently tumbling into bottomless pits which is not only frustrating, it shows a lack of quality in the level layouts from the stage designers. All Red Rings in a stage need to be collected to play a special stage which is fustrating as your speed and momentum (or sometimes the lack of it) make it difficult (or in Sonic's case) next to impossible to get it if you miss it the first time which forces you to replay the stage yet again. If you thought getting to the Special stage is hard enough, completing it is just as bad if not worse, with needing to approach rings at a specific angle to get the highest amount and avoiding a fast robot with will attack you and make you lose a large amount of the rings you are carrying. There are a large amount of unlockable characters with different abilities and play styles which give uniqueness and replayability to the game. The boss battles feel more like a chore than actual fun (except one unlockable character which can spam projectiles but that makes them far too easy). A Chao Garden mode can be unlocked which is compatible with transferring with your Chao Gardens from your Sonic Gamecube games if you have them and a GBA Controller cable. I tried playing this game on a Nintendo DS Lite console to see how it played and I found the button placement changes made the game next to unplayable, especially in the more complex later portions of the game which require near perfect reflexes down to the seconds to avoid plummeting into bottomless pits. Overall, when it comes to this game, it proves that a great sense of speed isn't everything in a Sonic game, sloppy stage layouts and poor design decisions makes the game much more difficult and lot less enjoyable than it could have been otherwise.
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