Sometime during 2013 I was hunting for GBA games to get and Sonic Advance...wasn't on the list originally. But I saw all 3 games on ebay for DIRT cheap and in complete condition so I went for them immediately and won them all with no resistance. I got this game for 5 bucks complete. Easily one of the best handheld Sonic games. 4 playable characters with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy. Amy's first 2D game I believe, she's pretty fun here and plays similarly if not the same as her Sonic Adventure, only in 2D. Hammer to catapult herself and bash enemies. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles do what they are known for but they all have an attack button as well when standing still. The stages are awesome with good music and great Eggman bosses. Sadly, the special stages are a problem because of the perspective. Imagine Sonic 2's special stages but you can move ANYWHERE on the screen. Doesn't sound that bad until you actually play it. For better or worse, you don't need rings to get to a special stage, but you have to find a special spring in certain levels and jump on it to go to the special stages. They are sorta hidden so you gotta put your Sonic CD skills to the test to find them. Luckily you only need to get the emeralds once with any character and you can get to the final level. There's also a Chao Garden if you want to transfer your SA2 Chao's from the gamecube game to this for mini games and stuff. Overall, and awesome Sonic handhel game and the simplest of the Advance trilogy.
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Great Game. Loved the Chao Garden. Wished the other Advance games added more to the Chao Garden rather than not doing it.
I'd say this is the game with the most mixed opinion that I've seen. All 5 characters are the same from Advance 2, and now they are all doing a partner system similar to Knuckles' Chaotix. Each character can be paired with another character and each main/partner combo has its own special abilities and qualities. You can check the Sonic Wikia for what each team combo is capable of. Otherwise its going to be very trial and error. Say Sonic for example, in some teams he has his insta-shield, in some he has the bounce attack, in some he has mid-air attacks and moves. But you won't know until you pair them off and play. In a way that's AWESOME fun and on your first playthrough, it probably will be. But in later levels you may want to build a team that has abilities that make tackling certain stages easier so knowing what qualities each team comination brings will be very handle when trying to be effiecient. The special stages are STILL a major pain in the ass to get to. But at least the special stages here is probably the easiest in the trilogy. But still kinda hard though. The game has a lot of bottomless pits/crushing areas so be careful with that. This game, has a lot of Sonic CD like exploration, especially when you're searching for the various chao in the stages to get access to the special stages. I really like the game, especially the whole partner system. Thumbs up in my book, but approach with caution as its pretty polarizing for many.
This was the first Sonic game I'd ever played when i was a kid. Such Nostalgia