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. The value of this cartridge will keep you playing and playing until your fingers rub raw.
  2. AceGamez
    90
    They've tweaked and improved the gameplay considerably, included two fantastic multiplayer games and wrapped it all up in a beautifully drawn and dynamic sounding environment.
  3. 90
    The addition of two tag-team characters in Sonic Advance 3 definitely changes things up considerably, as do the much larger and more expansive level designs.
  4. While the game still maintains the same traditional platformer level design and old-school Sonic action, the game is designed around teamwork this time around and this is handled superbly throughout the game.
  5. With the well developed co-op, blazingly fast single player, and the underused but excellent multiplayer, and with an excellent soundtrack, Sonic Advance 3 expands in ever way over Sonic Advance 1 & 2.
  6. Sonic Advance 3 doesn't revolutionize the franchise but the new multi-character system allows it to keep it from being redundant and allows for an enjoyable experience.
  7. Faster than ever, with loads of replay value - let down slightly by some extremely dodgy level design. One for speed-addicts. [GamesMaster]
  8. Pocket Games
    85
    The level design is fantastic, with large imaginative interactive environments. [Summer 2004, p.33]
  9. Sonic Advance 3 actually brings something new to the table--a tag-team play mechanic that ultimately enhances the overall product rather than mucking it up.
  10. Play Magazine
    83
    Graphics and sound are, as expected, top-notch (I love the remix of old Green Hill music), and the bosses are outstanding. [July 2004, p.71]
  11. GMR Magazine
    80
    It can be a little too difficult at times, especially when trying to make finicky jumps on a small screen while, for example, riding a bus. But the balancing issues are confined mostly to the bosses. [Aug 2004, p.91]
  12. The combination of the terrifically-executed side-scrolling action game that became the killer app for the Genesis, along with the replay-enhancing tag-actions feature, makes Sonic Advance 3 a winner.
  13. Another excellent side-scroller with a special focus on variety.
  14. The strongest point of the game is also its weakness. The fact that for most of the games features it remains the same as all the older 2D sonics will have some fans happy but other gamers wondering why they should again fork out for a few new features.
  15. 80
    When the speed stops, the fun stops. Otherwise, Sonic Advance 3 moves fast, looks and sounds good (Sonic fans will certainly groove to a remixed tune or two), and has a few multiplayer options to boot.
  16. Cheat Code Central
    80
    Sonic Advance 3 doesn't make any significant changes to the traditional Sonic gameplay but what it does it does bigger and better than any previous handheld Sonic game before it.
  17. Nintendo Power
    78
    As you explore the seven extensive worlds, you'll find hidden Chaos that you can maintain in the Chao Garden. [Aug 2004, p.122]
  18. Weekly Famitsu
    75
    8 / 7 / 7 / 8 - 30 silver [Vol 810; 25 June 2004]
  19. 75
    The core mechanics and level designs are all excellent enough that the extra characters won't detract from the game should you decide to ignore them. In the end, this is the best and most realized of the Sonic Advance games.
  20. 75
    Sonic Advance 3 finally comes up with a way of introducing teamwork and variance between characters that doesn't overwhelm Sonic's bread-and-butter gameplay.
  21. 75
    We can't help but feel a little disappointed by Sonic Advance 3. There's nothing really wrong with the game, it's just feeling like Sega are treating this game like an EA update, with a few roster changes and minor enhancements. This feels more like Sonic 2.5 than a full fledged sequel.

Awards & Rankings

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#9 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
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#16 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 »