Classic characters tons of levels awesome power-ups new graphics four-player action via link cablesAmazon.com Although the game will seem very familiar to Sonic fans, Sonic Advance is an entirely new creation that's been built from the ground up. The gameplay, graphics, and sound borrow from the classic Sonic games on the Genesis and are successfully translated to the Game Boy Advance. The game's single-player modes are relatively short 2-D platform rounds--each run takes two to three hours--but replay value is added through the game's various characters. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy each have different abilities that make getting through the game a unique experience. The real star here is the game's link capabilities. The Chao Garden allows you to raise your little critters and upload them to the GameCube via the link cable and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. Having one cartridge lets up to four GBA players compete in one minigame. Gamers can play two additional minigames if each player owns a cartridge. Although the single-player game is quite good, the link options give the title tremendous value. The only notable problem stems from the series itself: There are still entirely too many cheap deaths resulting from the title's high-speed gameplay. You'll find yourself zipping along a level only to be hit by an obstacle you had little chance of seeing, let alone avoiding. Ultimately, the only way to get past these hazards is to memorize where they are. This minor flaw doesn't detract from the game's excellent value, though. Sonic Advance offers a very good single-player game and some of the best link options of any GBA title. --Raymond M. PadillaPros:Classic Sonic gameplay Outstanding link options Four characters add to replay value Cons:Classic Sonic cheap deaths Single-player runs are short Product Description If you've played and loved the original, you'll be able to pick up where you left off. If you're new to the game, don't worry-you'll have a lot of fun. Sonic Advance is a third-person action-adventure game that involves lots of searching, exploring lush environments on your quest for emeralds, and having run-ins with tons of interesting characters who move the story line along. You can play as either Sonic, Knuckles, Tails or his evil twin. In addition to the character of Sonic, you can play as 4 villains: Shadow, Rouge, Dr. Robotnik or Dr. Eggman. As Sonic, your goal is find the chaos emerald and succeed in foiling Dr. Robtnik and his dastardly plan to destroy the world.
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