Sonic Advance

Game Boy Advance
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Feb 3, 2002
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  • Summary: Sonic is back to save the world! The evil Dr. Eggman is at it again, with a brand new scheme to trip up Sonic and his pals. Maneuver your way through obstacles, puzzles and traps to collect the chaos emeralds and defeat the vile Dr. Eggman before it's too late!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
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  1. What really shines, even on top of the great graphics and sound and gameplay, is the replay value.
  2. 100
    The best Sonic game released since "Sonic CD."
  3. Despite the 12 years since his debut, it's as captivating, exciting and, more importantly, as fun as it ever was - but of Sega, we'd expect no less. [GamesMaster]
  4. 88
    Everything that a side-scrolling platform loving fan could ask for. It's got all the great, tried and true, fast-paced Sonic action of the old Genesis series, looks fine, plays excellently, and offers some fun multiplayer action.
  5. This game is packed with extras and most importantly, actually allows you to play as Sonic through the entire game, something sorely lacking from the Sonic Adventure series.
  6. 80
    A simple, tried-and-true blast from the past, faithfully recapturing the ’hog’s legacy and reigning in just enough characters and elements from the “new” to satiate anyone craving more from their marsupials than just movin’ to the right at really high speeds.
  7. This game managed to do something its 3-D counterparts never could: catch my interest and hold on to it. I spent a lot of time simply looking around each level, experimenting with each character and attempting to find the various chao emeralds.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Jun 29, 2020
    10
    Sonic Advance is fantastic! The gameplay is amazing and the level design is fantastic and just like the classics! This is definitely the bestSonic Advance is fantastic! The gameplay is amazing and the level design is fantastic and just like the classics! This is definitely the best out of the trilogy. 10/10 Expand
  2. KaineC.
    Apr 30, 2005
    10
    It's the best like all of them.
  3. JPK
    Aug 19, 2018
    9
    Modern Meets Classic
    Before Mario Did This Technique In 2006, Sonic Is The One Who Probably Inspired That.
  4. AndrewC.
    Feb 18, 2003
    8
    The levels are excellent, but raising chao is pretty much pointless unless you buy Sonic Adventure 2. With SA2 it's excellent!
  5. Jul 12, 2018
    8
    Its Cool,its fast,its fun. One ofbthe best portabke Sonic Games. The only problem I had with the boses . Because they are moving
  6. Nov 23, 2013
    8
    I've recently replayed through this game boy classic. It's still just as enjoyable now than it was before. With a more classic style, thisI've recently replayed through this game boy classic. It's still just as enjoyable now than it was before. With a more classic style, this Sonic game brings 2-D Sonic back on the Game Boy Advance.

    The levels are all enjoyable, but most not beyond the classics. There are also different characters (Tails, Amy, Knuckles), which allows you to tackle each zone in a different fashion, though most will just stick to Sonic. The zones are quite large, with the chaos emeralds being buried in obscure areas of the zone. If you want to see the games best ending, you'll find them all to unlock the Super Sonic Stage.

    The music is standard stuff for Sonic. There's nothing that's really as special as the classic games though in regards to music.

    Probably the most memorable part though is the first stage of the 6th zone, which was kind of a first for Sonic and hasn't been done in such a way again. Rather than trying to beat the zone as fast as possible, you're trying to beat the clock and it's a great challenge. The zone is massive and full of setbacks to make sure you don't make it, and it's one of my favorite Sonic zones of all time. None of the acts really excite me as much as this one does.

    The game is prone to Sonic's most annoying issues though with enemies that await while you're running, giving you no time to respond, and there are a few cheap traps thrown in, but otherwise, it's a standard 2-D Sonic experience with one zone in particular being one of my favorites.
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  7. Oct 7, 2012
    0
    No platforming what so ever. THis game features four characters to play as and the only interesting one in Amy Rose.....wow. Why is there noNo platforming what so ever. THis game features four characters to play as and the only interesting one in Amy Rose.....wow. Why is there no platforming. This game basically took everything cool about Sonic and took it away Expand

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#6 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
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#8 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2002