Yes, I’ve promised Sonic Adventure and it will come soon, I’ve been busy is all and I only review games that don’t take long to play or just upload reviews previously from Blogger, but how about going back to an 8-bit Sonic game? No, not Sonic 2 yet but one that is able to stand out on it’s own.
Sonic The Hedgehog Chaos, developed by Aspect and published by Sega, the Master System port was only released in Europe, South America and South Africa. The Game Gear port was released in Europe, North America and Japan as Sonic & Tails (ソニック&テイルス Sonikku to Teirusu). Sonic and Tails hears through the grapevine that Robotnik returned to South Island and stole the Red Chaos Emerald, because of this, the other five Emeralds have gone off-balance and scattered all around the island, if Sonic and Tails don’t collect the Emeralds in time the island will sink.
It’s a Sonic game, nothing more, nothing less. But there are some features that stand out, there is the spin dash from Sonic 2 but includes the Super peel-out from Sonic CD. There are the usual power-ups but there is a new one, the Rocket boots, where you fly on rocket boots and you can pretty much skip most of the levels if you find it.
There are special stages that consist of flying on rocket boots, and you can collect Chaos Emeralds, getting a good or bad ending depends on collecting the Emeralds. There are many Zones in the game: Turquoise Hill Zone, Gigalopolis Zone, Sleeping Egg Zone, Mecha Green Hill Zone, Aqua Planet Zone, Electric Egg Zone, most are both memorable and forgettable. The bosses are surprisingly challenging but some are quite easy but they can be a bit annoying at times.
The graphics are pretty good for the system. Now for the issues, the game’s physics are all over the place, some don’t even make sense and the bloody framerate, it slows down in intense situations…or when Sonic gets hit by an enemy, I played the Master System port, let me know if the Game Gear port has the same issue. Even the music is forgettable. The game is really short, it could take you under an hour to finish it.
Overall, it’s a decent enough Sonic game on it’s own but it’s not the best in terms of 8-bit Sonic but there are worse. The gameplay is Sonic and I did enjoy some moments, but I can’t remember most of the levels because you can finish them in less than 30 seconds. It has framerate issues, odd physics, forgettable music and all around the lack of anything to make it the least bit fun because I wouldn’t play it again. But for all the negatives it functions and it’s a good enough Sonic game that fans could enjoy.
You can get this on Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear and Virtual Console.