Sonic Advance 2

Game Boy Advance
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 9, 2003
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 55
  2. Negative: 4 out of 55
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  1. Mar 19, 2012
    6
    Sonic Advance 2 is a decent addition to the franchise. It has a great sensation of speed, and although the earlier levels involve a bit too much mindless running, the latter stages are quite memorable. The game also has a high quality soundtrack, that fits well with other Sonic games. The running boss battles... Well... They're very much a love-it-or-hate-it type of affair, as they breakSonic Advance 2 is a decent addition to the franchise. It has a great sensation of speed, and although the earlier levels involve a bit too much mindless running, the latter stages are quite memorable. The game also has a high quality soundtrack, that fits well with other Sonic games. The running boss battles... Well... They're very much a love-it-or-hate-it type of affair, as they break from series tradition. I certainly fall on the former, with the bosses being the undoubted highlight of the game. I must say, though, that the bosses do represent huge difficulty spikes and are not balanced well with the action stages that preceded them. All in all, Sonic Advance 2 is a solid title with a good amount of content. But beware the Egg Utopia boss... That guy means business!! Expand
  2. Dec 27, 2012
    7
    I love Sonic and this game does the hedgehog justice. I will talk about the good first and then the bad. The animation of the characters are fun and will make you smile. There are obstacles in the level that are fun and different for each level and do not feel like a gimmick. This music is fun as with any good sonic game. Also the music level is a joy to play and very creative.The wholeI love Sonic and this game does the hedgehog justice. I will talk about the good first and then the bad. The animation of the characters are fun and will make you smile. There are obstacles in the level that are fun and different for each level and do not feel like a gimmick. This music is fun as with any good sonic game. Also the music level is a joy to play and very creative.The whole game reminds me of Sonic 2. However there are some major and minor problems. The two major problems are bad convenance and some bad level design. Both of which are in the sky canon level, what the gamer doesn't know is sonic has many more attacks then one would expect, so one would never test it out. There is one small problem with that, there is a certain jump Sonic has to make in sky canon 1 using a trick that the player does not know unless he/she looks at a walkthrough or reads the book of all the attacks. If Sonic doesn't make this jump, he goes down a path that only a flight character can make, and dies. Of all the other moves sonic has (8 last I counted- 9 if you count "running') only about 2-3 are needed, and when trying to use all these moves to complete a level, the player will do moves he doesn't want to do, making gameplay a little wonky. The way to fix this is rather going "mega man X" and giving sonic very little moves with tight controls or "yoshi's island" a medium amount of moves with non-annoying tutorials. The final small complaint is the level enemies, there are too few and too easy, some jump out of your way.
    If you made it this far, great! I will end this by saying even though I focused on the game's problems, it is small when compared to the good. This is a well designed game. Everything was thought out and it feels like a classic Sonic game. The game is not too easy and not too hard. A well planned game that can stand up against its old rival Mario any day of the week
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  3. Mar 20, 2016
    6
    A game that sometimes makes the gameplay a little uncomfortable and while annoying.This game is not bad or good, it's a decent game.I like is the level design is very colorful and lively and that makes it go higher rating
  4. Aug 16, 2017
    7
    Enjoyable when playing it casually, but when trying to complete it...still OK. It did improve on some things from the first SA, but it has the same problem from Sonic 2, where Sonic went too fast in the game. The biggest problem I have with this game is you have to collect all 7 chaos emeralds in a really stupid way with all characters! It's a good game, but there's just stuff that makesEnjoyable when playing it casually, but when trying to complete it...still OK. It did improve on some things from the first SA, but it has the same problem from Sonic 2, where Sonic went too fast in the game. The biggest problem I have with this game is you have to collect all 7 chaos emeralds in a really stupid way with all characters! It's a good game, but there's just stuff that makes it not as good as the first one. Expand

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#12 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
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#34 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. It takes a tried, tested, and thoroughly flogged old genre and injects some more speed and ingenuity into it, and there's a heck of lot of replay value here, even if the game's levels can probably be beaten in a few hours.
  2. 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.
  3. AceGamez
    80
    People looking for a good side-scrolling game will enjoy it and Sonic fans everywhere will be delighted at another chance to return to the old-school roots that made Sonic so great back in the day.