• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2009
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The blue hedgehog and the red echidna were sworn adversaries in Sonic 3, but in the platform adventure Sonic & Knuckles, Knuckles realizes that he's been just a pawn in the schemes of Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik). Knuckles, the former adversary, now supports Sonic to[Xbox Live Arcade] The blue hedgehog and the red echidna were sworn adversaries in Sonic 3, but in the platform adventure Sonic & Knuckles, Knuckles realizes that he's been just a pawn in the schemes of Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik). Knuckles, the former adversary, now supports Sonic to chase the common enemy, and each must use their strengths to acquire the priceless Master Emerald and save Angel Island. Sonic or Knuckles: Play as Sonic and let loose on Dr. Eggman wth amazing new powers, or play as Knuckles and tackle Dr. Eggman with bare-fisted attacks, high speed glides, and wall-climbing abilities. New adventures: Eight new zones and two different adventures await. Combine games: For the first time since the SEGA Genesis, combine with Sonic 3 to play as Sonic, Knuckles, even Tails, and unlock new secrets! Combine it with Sonic 2 and play with Knuckles and all his signature moves. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 90
    It's always good to play the greates 16-bit classics, specially at a good price. But if the game is of this caliber, it is almost a must-buy.
  2. 80
    It would have been better if 2 and 3 were just released with the Sonic & Knuckles content instead of charging for a brand new download.
  3. 80
    Knuckles is a blast to play with, because he can climb walls -- bringing a different aspect to the game from simply spinning and rolling like Sonic. Also, if you own Sonic 1, 2 or 3 in your XBLA game library, you can play as Knuckles in them as well, a little added extra courtesy of Seeeeeggaaa!
  4. X-ONE Magazine UK
    70
    In all honesty, the level design in Sonic & Knuckles is boring. [Issue#51, p.105]
  5. Sonic & Knuckles may not be my favorite Sonic game from the Genesis days (that title still belongs to Sonic 2), but when you’re asked to pick a favorite from your favorites, can you really go wrong? Not really, and you can’t go wrong here, either.
  6. Only absolutely die-hard Genesis and Sonic fans will appreciate the game for what it is. If appeals to you, then by all means buy it but please remember you can also get this game and so many others for less than 30 dollars with the Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection compilation.
  7. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    40
    Bland, convoluted and plagued with counter-productive level design. [Dec 2009, p.105]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 9, 2020
    9
    This game is a really good sonic game. It's better than 3 and 1 in every way. I prefer this to 3. It has better music level design, and evenThis game is a really good sonic game. It's better than 3 and 1 in every way. I prefer this to 3. It has better music level design, and even introduces knuckles! The 2 gameplay styles double the play time. It even has lock on technology, which allows you to put it on sonic 3 to get the entirety of that game (since s&k is just the second half of sonic 3). put it on sonic 2 and you can play as knuckles. If you put it on sonic 1 you get THOUSANDS of special stages! This game is a perfect classic sonic game! Well, if you disclude that one sand level, it is. Thats really all i can say thats bad about this game. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2017
    8
    Sonic and Knuckles is a quality game from a quality series. Originally released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and now a new generation ofSonic and Knuckles is a quality game from a quality series. Originally released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and now a new generation of gamers can own a piece of gaming history on modern consoles. Well worth a purchase. Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2020
    7
    This is undoubtedly the best classic 2D Sonic. In addition to having much more levels and content in general, everything is improved. TheThis is undoubtedly the best classic 2D Sonic. In addition to having much more levels and content in general, everything is improved. The level-design of this game is incredible and has a lot of variety. Besides you can collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds and become the Super Sonic now you can collect the 7 Super Emeralds and become the Hyper Sonic, ohhhhh yeahh boyss. The minigames needed to get them are cool but you can get stressed out (usually because you're not used to it). I realized that it is much more rewarding to get the rings scattered on the map than Mario coins for example, because in addition to gaining an extra life you can become Super / Hyper Sonic.

    This Sonic also has a slightly greater focus on the story, but it still remains very basic.

    The soundtrack is still ok for me.

    If you like something with a more basic and classic feel, you can have more fun playing Sonic 2, but 3 is definitely better.
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