Review by Jugulator

Reviewed: 10/27/01 | Updated: 10/27/01

Sonic Chaos - What its all about...

This is GG's version of Sonic Chaos. I am not exactly great Sonic expert, so I can't really tell you
whether this is supposed to be GG's version of Sonic 3 or not, but I can tell you it is newer than
Sonic 2 for the Game Gear, and it shows. Your mission on this game is just like on any other Sonic
game: finish the levels, beat the boss, and avoid the obstacles in between. You can be either Sonic
or Tales. If you are Tales you will have an ability to fly for a short time, which is quite useful.
The game is fun, and unfortunately too easy and short. But several things make up for it, as you will
see in the following categories:

Graphics: 9/10
The graphics are not perfect, but Sega has to be praised for making the most out of the Game Gear.
The graphics themselves are very good, the images are clear and detailed, and the animation is
sufficient. There are no blurs, but the problem with the animation is the occasional low framerate.
On some heavy scenarios the framerate starts to suffer, most likely due to a hardware lack.
Another thing that should be noticed is that the screen is more zoomed-up at than on other Sonic
versions. Sonic is bigger here (i.e. takes a larger portion of the screen), and this means that you
see a more zoomed-up picture. You will have to get used to that perhaps. The good thing is that it
allows the images to be very clear. The downside is that you see less things at any given time.
Overall, the graphics are enjoyable, some of the best the GG has seen, but again - the framerate is
sometimes decreased.

Sound/Music: 8/10
The sound and music are better than on many GG games. The tunes are relatively catchy, and the sound
effects are good.

Controls: 8/10
The controls are very simple, both buttons will allow you to jump. The special power-roll function
is executed by pressing button-2 and down, simultaneously. Tails' flying ability is also quite
easy to activate. Still, for some reason, you won't feel the controls here are the best thing in the
world, perhaps because of an occasional slight delay between the button-pressing and the on-screen
results. Anyhow, the controls are basically good.

Gameplay: 8/10
The game is fun and enjoyable. The interesting graphics will make you impressed at times, and
there is a decent amount of enemies and other objects. And anyway, this is Sonic, and if you
liked Sonic 1 or 2 for the GG, I can tell you, you will like this one even more.
Please note, though, that the game is quite easy and short - there are only 6 zones, with 3 rounds
in each of them - the last round being the boss-round, and quite short. The bosses are usually
quite easy to beat (especially in the beginning, its really a joke).

Replayability: 7/10
You can be one of two characters, which makes the entire thing a little more interesting.
Also, being a Sonic game, it is quite attractive, and you may find yourself wanting to play it even
if you already beat it. In addition, if you play the game and collect all the emeralds throughout,
which is quite a difficult task, you will have a different (and nicer) ending, when you finish the
game.

Overall: 8/10
A solid game. The graphics and sound are good, and basically everything is okay. Although this is
a good game, it has one bottleneck and that is the GG itself. It looks like Sega were really
pushing the GG to its very limits. This causes the graphics and sounds to be good, but makes the
responsiveness less than average. In addition to that, the game is quite short - not only are there
only six zones, but the rounds themselves are quite short, and easy to beat. I suppose this is
also caused mainly by hardware limitions. But don't get me wrong - this is a good game, and a fun
one. Don't let the downsides of it deter you from getting it, if you can. A good buy overall.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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