Sonic Advance 3

Game Boy Advance
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Jun 7, 2004
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
Buy On
  1. Everything else is just as you'd expect from the blue blur's 2D exploits; dynamic momentum and solid-but-clunky feedback making for a satisfying game regardless.
  2. games(TM)
    70
    Easily the best Sonic title for a long time...there's something here for everyone, no matter which era of Sonic you prefer. [July 2004, p.118]
  3. Whereas the previous Sonic Advance titles have seemed to miss that little bit of soul that made the series' first appearance's on the humble Sega Mega Drive, Sonic Advance 3 has it in abundance.
  4. Surprisingly, it's this split between the game's determination to showcase new elements while reintroducing more traditional gameplay that makes Sonic Advance 3 such a success; there's something here for everyone, no matter which era of Sonic you prefer.
  5. 70
    The hedgehog species is heavy on attitude but has a hard time with evolution.
  6. If you're tired of Sonic's antics and you've been yearning for some innovation, you won't find it with this title. The multiplayer does its best to keep things interesting, but it's not enough to make Sonic's latest outing a must have.
  7. These are great characters that have been the same since the start of the franchise. I want more now. [July 2004, p.123]
  8. It's Sonic business as usual, with few surprises. We still love the little guy and the game looks gorgeous, but maybe it's time for the old dog to try some new tricks.
  9. Sonic is a bit like the band you used to love when you were a nipper but just refuse to change their sound: they keep a loyal crowd and play all the hits on demand for nostalgia's sake, but the new tunes sound like the old ones. Only the real obsessives need worry about this one.

Awards & Rankings

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#9 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
15
#15 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46
  1. Aug 30, 2012
    3
    The first Sonic Advance was a great game that took advantage of all the traditional Sonic game elements and weaved them into an impressiveThe first Sonic Advance was a great game that took advantage of all the traditional Sonic game elements and weaved them into an impressive handheld title. Sonic Advance 2 made some changes, focusing in on the speedier 'on rails' elements of the Sonic series. Whilst not as good as it's predecessor, part 2 was still fun, featuring a myriad of memorable bosses. Sonic Advance 3, however, just feels tired right from the off. The level design is uninspired, the sprites are too big and the new switch pushing gameplay is boring and unnecessary. I love Sonic but frankly speaking, this game did absolutely nothing for me. Full Review »
  2. Aug 30, 2017
    9
    While the level design isn't the best everything else is fantastic. A great way to finish a fantastic trilogy. The soundtrack is also veryWhile the level design isn't the best everything else is fantastic. A great way to finish a fantastic trilogy. The soundtrack is also very good. I still think Sonic Advance 2 is the best. Full Review »
  3. Aug 16, 2017
    7
    Well, at the time this was my favorite Sonic Advance game. Times have changed though. This was an experimental game, but it's both a good andWell, at the time this was my favorite Sonic Advance game. Times have changed though. This was an experimental game, but it's both a good and a bad thing. It's cool that you can use many different characters in different ways, but some levels require you to know what combo of characters you should have. It's just not done as well, and there's a lot of bull crap kills. It's still a good game, don't get me wrong, but it's not as great as I once thought. Full Review »