I reviewed a lot of games in the Sonic series on 3WIREL but one series I recently dashed through was the Advance series. If you guys missed the reviews, you can find them below! Had a lot of fun revisiting these fun Sonic romps!
Sonic Advance (2002) – 4 out of 5
Sonic Advance feels like a proper entree in the long running Sonic series. It takes everything past console and portable Sonic 2D titles accomplished and while not perfecting them, utilizes elements from those games to produce one of the GBA’s best 2D platformers. Containing strong level design, impressive production values and fun gameplay that feels like a Genesis Sonic title; Sonic Advance is one of the stronger games in the Sonic franchise. Highly recommend this to any fan of 2D platformers.
Sonic Advance 2 goes in a new direction for the series. It takes the classic formula recreated within Advance 1 and adds speed-focused mechanics. The Sonic Boost feels like an evolution of the ‘rolling’ ability that Sonic had back in Sonic 1; pushing you to go faster and faster. While level design suffers from odd pit placement and issues communicating key abilities, it still is a great game. Through fun levels, great presentation and lots of fun characters to play as that feel similar but different in enjoyable ways; Sonic Advance 2 is a great portable adventure for the Blue Blur that will make you want to run fast!
Sonic Advance 3 feels like a game trying very hard to be grand, epic and conclude the Classic 2D Sonic series in many ways. Sonic will never feel like he does here in future games outside the upcoming Sonic Mania and Advance 3 does a lot with it’s gameplay I honestly love.
Despite all my issues with Advance 3, I appreciate it for being a strong game gameplay wise and continuing to offer the high caliber presentation I expect from the Sonic series. Dimps closes the Advance series out well despite a few issues holding this game back.