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Sonic Rush Adventure is a primarily 2D platform game, with some 3D elements, for the Nintendo DS. The game is the follow-up to the Sonic Rush game, but with enhanced presentation, graphics and in my view much improved game play.
The 2D graphics are very playable, although there are 3D cut away scenes and sub-games to play in places, and more than in the previous game, Sonic Rush. I found the controls easy to access, with the action being fast-paced but not too fast as to be too challenging. Some parts of the game require you to use the stylus to navigate between different areas of the game, but this is perfectly easy to control.
As for the game, it is very easy in places, but can be challenging as you would expected as the game progresses. It's also one of those games where you can easily miss things throughout, so those who really like to collect everything in a game will be kept amused for some considerable time getting to the end and fully completing everything.
There are over one hundred missions to complete in the game and isn't overly based on a linear route which means that there is lots of open game play where you can explore or go from challenge to challenge as required. One gripe I have though is that there can be too much narrative whilst playing the game, which can take some time to scroll through and read in full. I'm one of those people that just tends to ignore the narrative and skip through it as quickly as possible!
Note also that the game has been rated as a 12+ game, suitable only for older children. I'm not entirely sure that this is a very accurate rating, the language used in the game is only slightly strong and there is nothing I could see in the game play which would warrant that rating.
If you have friends with another console and the same game, you can use the Nintendo's wi-fi facility to be able to play head to head with other players. The game is available for just under eleven pounds on Amazon at the moment, which is good value given the amount of game play which is available in the game.
Overall the game is well worth getting for those that like adventuring and this genre. The game is easy to get into, but does provide some challenging sections and will take some considerable time to finish. Definitely worth four stars!
Sonic Rush is a great game. Sonic Rush Adventure is a good game.
Unfortunately, the sequel to the fantastic Sonic Rush, trys to fill up more room and time with pointless conversations and exploration of islands. I'd normally approve a greater level of mini-games in most games, however with Sonic it's all about speeding through the fantastic, vibrant levels.
This game introduces an aspect of sailing across the seas, searching for the next location in which to defeat bosses and continue the (pointless) story. While adventure has proved successful in other games such as Zelda Phantom Hourglass, it's entirely unsuitable for a pick up and go platformer. There's far too much dialogue inbetween (which is incredibly painful to scroll through if you're any older than 3) and the sailing can seem irritating and repetitive when you just want to run through some great levels.
And that brings us to the positive. The levels are great, bosses perhaps better than the first. The game also has less of a "street" style than the first, although this is replaced with a pirate theme, so depends on what you fancy.
Sometimes simple is best. And if you're after accessibility, opt for the original Sonic Rush. If you like to fill more time with mini-games and story, then this might be the game for you.
As a child i absolutly loved the sonic games on the Sega Mega drive! So i was delighted when i received this game as a gift and i was not disappointed!
The game is everything i remember it being on the sega mega drive, and more! Although there were levels and game i remembered there also appeared to be more (not sure if they are new or if i just dont remember them!!).
The game is played on both screens and has all the traditional actions of sonic collecting coins, spinning to move quicker and the battle at the end of each level.
It has the original set ups such as the 3 stages per level etc.
The only criticism i do have of the game is that sometimes when moving quickly within levels (going up and down ramps), there does seem to be a lack of control of sonic as movement is very quickly!
A game i definatly recommend, as good as it ever was and a trip down memory lane!
I absolutely loved sonic when I was a kid and played on a sega mega drive. I loved the speed that my rolled and the fact you could lose rings but not die and pick more rings up to compensate. I was so chuffed when I got this game but I found it really really disappointing.
The graphics are great and the sonic concept is unchanged. I also liked the fact that sonic rolls between the top and bottom screens. BUT, and I'm sure it isn't because I'm getting old, he just goes too fast!!!!! I felt that I wasn't playing a game, I was just holding down a button and watching sonic do whatever he wanted on the screen. I didn't feel I had much control at all. He didn't die, he sometimes lost rings but won lots more. Also, I was stuck on one level.
BUT I might just be getting old and not able to cope with computer games like I did!
Being an old school mega-drive Sonic fan, I was understandably dubious about this new handheld title- although Sonic Advance and its sequal managed to be fun and faithful to its roots, some recent variations from its path have disillusioned sonickers from times past.
All in all, I was right to be wary- this game is much more like its Sonic X tv show counterpart, with its dumbed down characters (when did Dr Robotnik started to be called Dr Eggman? This is not acceptable!), and plotless weird additions like dinosaur bosses thrown in randomly. The game play IS Sonic, but only just, with unnecessary frills and a weird control system.
I also think having the rating as 12+ alienates the majoritive fanbase for a game like this- my little brother (age 8) loved it, but I found it a bit shallow and lacking the charm of the original early 90s sonic series.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a very reconisable character and you can get very many games with him in. I found this game very fun and enjoyable to play. Although i could not find the objective of the game, i still found it fun compleating stages and levels while trying to beat my personal best. It says its for ages 12+ and i agree with it to some level although i thought it was a bit easy. I wouldnt say it was easy enough for small children but my younger brother, aged 6, managed to play it very well indeed. It is a bit confusing mainly at the begining because you are unsure on what to do and where to start but once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier and more enjoyable to play. I think it is priced quite well too at under £10 which these days is quite decent for games.
Sonic returns to the Nintendo DS with all the classic 2D, dual screen action the fans loved in Sonic Rush, as well as a new high-seas adventure where he clashes with ruthless pirates. As Sonic, players will set off from Windmill Village to explore seven action-packed levels featuring the classic 2D gameplay that the Sonic series is known for. Now players will get to explore the action stages to uncover valuable items and materials which allow Tails to build new ships that help Sonic explore the high-seas. With a fleet of up to five ships, including a submarine, water bike, and hovercraft, players will use the touch screen technology in exciting new ways to control their ships as they race across the ocean gathering rings, busting tricks, and torching pirate ships in fierce ship-to-ship battles. At the end of each level, players will test their skills in epic 3D boss battles that span both screens, including the ultimate showdown with the evil pirate, Captain Whisker. Let the adventure begin!