Sonic Advance 3

Game Boy Advance
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Jun 7, 2004
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8.4

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  • Summary: Sonic is back, and this time, he needs the help of all of his friends to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman. In Sonic Advance 3, Sonic and Tails must reunite with their friends Cream, Knuckles, and Amy. Team up with any of the five characters to gain special attack moves: Sonic increases your speed,Sonic is back, and this time, he needs the help of all of his friends to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman. In Sonic Advance 3, Sonic and Tails must reunite with their friends Cream, Knuckles, and Amy. Team up with any of the five characters to gain special attack moves: Sonic increases your speed, Tails increases your jump power, Knuckles increases your attack power, Amy offers the Piko Piko hammer attack, and Cream lets you perform a homing attack. With a Game Boy Advance link, you and three of your friends can battle it out in multiplayer modes. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. The value of this cartridge will keep you playing and playing until your fingers rub raw.
  2. 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.
  3. Faster than ever, with loads of replay value - let down slightly by some extremely dodgy level design. One for speed-addicts. [GamesMaster]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. EvanC.
    Jul 25, 2004
    10
    It rocked i cant find the hidden chao though.
  2. CamillaD.
    Jan 23, 2005
    10
    This game is BBBBBAAAAADDD! And i mean it in a good way. I only just got this game for Christmas and so far i have got 2 chaos emeralds! This This game is BBBBBAAAAADDD! And i mean it in a good way. I only just got this game for Christmas and so far i have got 2 chaos emeralds! This one is much better than SA2 because its easier to get the emeralds. Plus there is a great display of teamwork and excellent combinations. SEGA have really outdoing themselves making these awesome games like Sonic Heroes andof course Sonic Advance 3! Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2018
    10
    This game was my childhood. Loved every moment of it. The game feels great to play and the game is just pretty as all hell on the GBA. ThisThis game was my childhood. Loved every moment of it. The game feels great to play and the game is just pretty as all hell on the GBA. This game is my favourite. Enough Said. Also Chaos Angel. Best Sonic stage in my opinion. Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2013
    9
    Tag action really adds a lot more to the core gameplay than one might expect. In fact, it makes it my favorite of the Sonic Advance series asTag action really adds a lot more to the core gameplay than one might expect. In fact, it makes it my favorite of the Sonic Advance series as it adds more noticeable replay value than Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 2 to the game. Furthermore, they've added a 3 act, which means that there's more levels than your typical Sonic game, always a plus.

    This game features some excellent levels, that are structured to the nuance of each individual team. They're also quite large, which encourages you to find quicker paths, especially if you're big on time attack. Dimps was smarter when making the chao search as opposed to the special rings for the chaos emeralds as well. This makes it more enjoyable to go hunting through the enormous stages than finding them all in one go, which would be nigh on impossible in this game.

    This wraps up the Sonic advance series well, and it's the best of them. I still have it sitting in my DS' game boy cartridge and still play from time to time, even today.
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  5. Jun 5, 2018
    8
    Sonic Advance 3 is a pretty good and unique game, with a few issues. The level design is good, the pairing mechanic is solid, and the music isSonic Advance 3 is a pretty good and unique game, with a few issues. The level design is good, the pairing mechanic is solid, and the music is great. However, the controls feel a bit weird and I feel like I can't see what's ahead of me sometimes. Just sometimes though. It's not Genesis (GBA) type of bad. I give Advance 3 a 8/10. Expand
  6. May 1, 2011
    8
    The fastest of the Sonic Advance series. Pros: Excellent graphics, control, and level design; lots of characters to play; new moves; one ofThe fastest of the Sonic Advance series. Pros: Excellent graphics, control, and level design; lots of characters to play; new moves; one of the fastest Sonic games to date. Cons: Isn't as innovative as the first game; too many bonus challenges. Expand
  7. 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. Expand

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#6 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
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