Sonic Shuffle, a game which has been very put down by people, but i have a different opinion about this game, i think its great!
I always find myself going back to my dreamcast and 9 times out of 10 i always play this game, this is one of my favorites, and if you ask me, this is better than mario party.
The graphics are pretty good, they are cel shaded and colourful but they cannot beat the graphics quality of shenmue or sonic adventure.
The five levels you go through range from small to medium in size, some are in one place, some go upside down, and some go long ways along a train.
The cool thing about this is when you play a 2 player game with your friends, on your controller if you have a visual memory unit plugged in you will be able to see the different numbered cards that you have to play and no -one else can see them, its a bit silly really because then youd have to buy a vm unit if you really want to play against a friend, but think about it, it would be silly to see everyone's card tactics on the screen, that is if you like cheating against each other.
The mini-games are ok, not very challenging, but quite enjoyable if it's against a friend. Game music is nice as all Sonic games have a great game soundtrack.
Id say that you have no need to go out and rush to buy this game, but still a very good game for parties.
I have always enjoyed playing Dreamcast games more than the Nintendo games. I found that Sonic was always a lot cooler than the small, fat Italian plumber. But this time the Nintendo team had beaten the Sega team. Sonic Shuffle originated from the Nintendo 64 version of Mario Party. It was a simple yet fun party game to play with your friends. It is based on a board game in the way that you role a dice and move around the board. The difference is that when everyone had had their turn you play a mini-game. It has to be said that the mini-games are very badly designed and they are pretty pointless and are boring to play. One example of a mini-game is when, you are for some strange reason standing in an alligators mouth and you have to keep pumping A to make sure that you don't get eaten. The simple solution to this is don't go in the alligators mouth!! Sega took this idea and put it with the best mascot out and produced Sonic Shuffle. The way the game plays is almost exactly the same as Mario Party. You chose a character, either Sonic, Tails, Knuckles or Amy and try to be the first to get to the Precious Stones in order to win. The precious stones are put on a random space on the board and every time a player collects one another is placed on the board by the fairy type creature. In Mario Party, Bowser had traps set all over the board to slow you down or to make you loose your lead and in Sonic Shuffle he has been replaced by Dr. Robotnic and he does exactly the same job. In Sonic Shuffle there are shortcuts in the boards that only certain characters can use, which in some cases makes it a bit unfair on the other participants The main difference between the two is that instead of a dice, like in Mario Party, you pick a card and there is a value on it and that is how many spaces you move. This is clearly just an attempt to change the game slightly as apart from this they are the same. Sega has the
superior graphics compared to Nintendo yet Mario Party still has the upper hand. The graphics as I just mentioned are a bit better in Sonic Shuffle although are poor for the normal Dreamcast standard. The characters look almost as though they have just been pasted onto the board. They also look blocky and the shadows are badly done as they are just circles, they are the same in Sonic Adventure but it does not matter in the game because the rest of it is so well produced.The backgrounds are not brilliant as when the board is put onto it makes it look even more imposed than it is with the characters on it. Basically the game tried to copy Mario Party but was never as popular. Although the characters are better the game is a huge mistake. You can see Mario in a party game as he is a cartoon and therefore that role suits him. Sonic on the other hand has been in the best Dreamcast games. He is designed for adventure and fast games so when you put him in a slow moving party game like Sonic Shuffle he sticks out like a soar thumb. The game just never really lifted up off of the shelf! The graphics are poor for the Dreamcast. It is meant to be a party, multi-player game for everyone to enjoy, but it did not reach it's goal. I only rented this game and I am glad that I did because if I had gone out and purchased it, it would have been a waste of my money. I would not buy this game if I were you so try and avoid it. It goes to show that if you take someone else's idea and try to modify it to suit your version, then it is not going to be very popular, compared to the original. In conclusion stay away from Sonic At His Worst ! ! !
In Sonic Shuffle, players will be able to choose between eight favorite Sega characters, including Sonic (of course), Knuckles, Amy and others. Each character has his/her own signature special moves, abilities and attacks. The object of the game will be to lend help to Illumina, the Guardian Angel, who is trying to save the land of Maginary Whirl from the mysterious monster Void. It seems Void has somehow gotten hold of the Precioustones, magical crystals that have been made from the dreams and hopes of people from every dimension. Without the Precioustones, the inhabitants of Maginary Whirl will be forever doomed to bad dreams. It's up to Sonic and his buddies to see that that doesn't happen. Up to four players will compete to see who can retrieve the Precioustones first. In a show of innovation, Sega threw a cool little feature into Sonic Shuffle to set it apart from other party board games: cards. Movement in the game will be determined by the drawing of digital cards that will tell players how many spaces to advance and will affect the gameplay in other, undisclosed, ways. There are five different adventure boards to be played, each with its own unique theme, such as the magical train, Firebird and Nature Zone boards. Sonic Shuffle promises to feature a slew of minigames, each with different modes of play and objectives. Land on a colored space and, depending on their placement on the board, all four players will enter a minigame. The object of each minigame will vary from the last and will keep the gameplay from becoming boring as characters trudge around the board. Adding to the mayhem, up to four players will be able to go online and compete worldwide with other players in various minigames. This addition to the family of Sonic games will no doubt be a popular one, and rightly so. A lot of time and effort have been put into each and every Sonic game to make sure that the hype behind Sega's most recognizable mas
cot doesn't fizzle out. With a large team of developers working on the game, including some of the people that helped to make Mario Party a hit, Sonic Shuffle promises to be a favorite for the kiddies and those of us with childlike tendencies.