Review by irrewonderful
Could have been better
Sonic Chaos was the third Sonic game released for Sega's Game Gear, in November of 1993. It was meant to follow up on the Game Gear version of Sonic 2. One could expect this entry in the Game Gear Sonic games library to be just as good as the first two, but is it? Let's take a look.
Sonic Chaos utilizes similar graphics to the first two Game Gear titles, which look pretty good for their time, and the levels have decent backgrounds. As for the story, Sonic or Tails, whichever character you chose to play as, must stop Dr. Robotnik, in his latest scheme to conquer the Earth. He has stolen one of the Chaos Emeralds, which he has taken to a new weapon, the Electric Egg. His stealing of the Emerald has caused the other Emeralds to scatter across the world, and Sonic or Tails must defeat Robotnik and search for the other Chaos Emeralds. Not a great story, but older games really don't need a story to be good. The gameplay is what's most important.
In this game, Sonic or Tails will be speeding through the green fields of Turquoise Hill Zone, followed by a nighttime city in Gigapolis Zone. Next, they will venture through Robotnik's factory at Sleeping Egg Zone, then they discover that Green Hill Zone has been taken over by Robotnik's machines in Mecha Green Hill Zone. They can then have an underwater adventure in Aqua Planet Zone, finally arriving at the Electric Egg Zone, where they must face Robotnik to save the world.
My biggest complaint about this game is how short every single level is. Most levels you will be done with in 30 seconds or less. I don;t believe that getting to the end of any of the levels takes more than a minute. Even the final Electric Egg Zone has 2 very short regular acts. While short levels are good for the beginning, as you are just starting the game, they should get longer to add more challenge. The levels are also much too easy. You could get through this game with no problem at all the first time you even play it! No difficulty is to be found at almost every point of this game, even the last few levels. Though the concept for them is nice. the boss fights are also too easy.
Special Stages are gotten in this game with Sonic, by collecting 100 rings in a level. Sonic then must complete some sort of challenge to beat the Special Stage, like navigating tunnel pipes or going through a course. Only one Special Stage I find challenging and the rest are very esy and boring. It is also frustrating having to get to the stages, as you may take a hit to lose rings. The Special Stages must be completed to see the good ending, but are lackluster. The good ending is not special at all, so it seems pointless in completing the Special Stages. Tails does not go to Special Stages, but he simply plays from level to level without any Emeralds, so it's like having an easy mode. Having Tails be this way only makes a short and easy game even shorter and easier if you play as him.
As for the music, none of the songs in this game are that memorable. Overall, this game is just too easy, with short levels throughout the whole game, and barely any challenge is offered. You will get through it much too quickly. I give this game a 5/10.
Rating: 2.5 - Playable
Product Release: Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos (US, 11/23/93)
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