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Sonic & Knuckles

by Sega of America, Inc. - Console
Sega Genesis
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  • Platform:   Sega Genesis
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone Everyone
  • Media: Video Game

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  43 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic and Knuckles is great Aug. 3 2001
By Ekgade@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
This game has tons of neat things. Hook on most games, and get a special stage. Hooking on Sonic one lets you play a whole bunch. Hook on sonic 2 and play as knuckles in sonic 2. Sonic 3 is neat too. Find out about the super emeralds. Or play regularly with lots of levels. The Game Genie is good on this game. (Very rare but fun. I have one)
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Sonic 3, Part 2: Special lock on-cart edition! Oct. 1 2005
By M. B. Link - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Sonic & Knuckles(1994). The fourth Sonic game on the Genesis (or 2nd half of the third, if you prefer to call it that).

Once upon a time, Sega became a worthy 16-bit contender in the early 90s thanks to the release of a fast-paced adventure starring everyone's favorite blue hedgehog, Sonic. Then the series really took off in 1992 with the release and success of its sequel. The Sega CD harbored Sonic CD, a worthy cult classic, though for some reason it became forgotten over time. This brings us to "Hedgehog Day" of 1994, when Sonic 3 was unleashed on the public. Originally, the game was slated to be one massive adventure, but in order to meet deadlines, Sega decided to cut it in half, give the fans the first part of the game early on, and save the rest of it for a later date in the year. In the meantime, Sega also thought about incorporating a special "lock-on" feature to this second half of the 3rd Sonic game which allowed one to stick Sonic 2 and 3 on top of it, and it would change the game to a certain degree. Of course, lock on technology was nothing new (*cough* Game Genie *cough*), but this was the first time that it was incorporated for a specific purpose, more of which I'll get into soon.

So this time, Sonic must traverse the rest of Angel Island after bringing down the Death Egg (again) onto a volcano and stop Dr. Robotnik once and for all. However, Tails is gone for this round in place of being able to play as Knuckles the Echidna for the first time. He taunted and tricked you all throughout Sonic 3, but now you can rip through the stages as him, or get your revenge on him at last with Sonic. Either way, S&K holds up as its own giant adventure, with the same size of levels, graphics engine, powerups, and other features as the previous game. I've covered the basics of the game in my Sonic 3 review, so I'll just go into the new stuff here:

PROS
-LOCKING ONTO THE OLDER GAMES GIVES THEM A NEW FRESH REPLAYABILITY. Stick it onto Sonic 2, and now you're traversing the Casino Nights, Hill Tops, and Wing Fortresses of old as Knuckles given the advantage of his new abilities. However, stick it onto Sonic 3 and you'll get the massive adventure that Sega wanted to release all along - in other words THE BIGGEST AND BEST SONIC GAME EVER CONCEIVED. Play as all three of the furballs going through both games and collecting 14(!) chaos emeralds to become... HYPER SONIC! On top of that, stick it onto Sonic 1 or any other Genesis game and you'll now have access to unlimited random Special Stages styled from Sonic 3.
-KNUCKLES IS A NICE ALTERNATIVE TO PLAY AS FROM THE OTHERS. He doesn't fly like Tails or jump as high as Sonic, but his glide, climbing, and smashy fists enable him to reach places that the others can't get to. Plus, a lot of the areas of certain zones that you traverse are completely different from Sonic's.
-COOL NEW BONUS STAGES. There are two of them now, and are far easier to access as well. One is an energy sphere magnetic place where you have to reach the top, and the other is a combination of Casino Night Zone from Sonic 2 and the Special Stages of Sonic 1.
-EXCELLENT MUSIC HERE! I'd forgotten how awesome S&K's music actually is, and is overall a step up from Sonic 3's. None are bad here and they seem closer to Sonic 2's soundtrack, especially the Flying Battery, Sky Sanctuary, and Death Egg themes.
-THE ZONES ARE VARIED FROM PREVIOUS GAMES. Yes, there is another volcano zone, but now you can explore new areas like the massive tombs of Sandopolis, the flying ruins of Sky Sanctuary, and the inner sanctums of the giant Death Egg ship. Plus now you get to take out the giant Flying Battery ship which attacked you near the beginning of Sonic 3. Strangely, this seems to be the only Sonic game without a water zone, which renders the Bubble shield useless, but oh well. In contrast, you will find more use out of the fire shield though.
-PERHAPS THE BEST FINAL BOSSES OF ANY SONIC GAME. There are a bunch of them to take out near the end, and when you collect all the chaos emeralds, you can go through a special Doomsday Zone as Super Sonic. Plus, Knuckles has more difficult versions and some original bosses of his own to fight, so it never gets boring.

CONS
-Since this is technically the other half of Sonic 3, THERE ISN'T A WHOLE LOT OF NEW STUFF FOR SONIC'S ADVENTURE. Pretty much Sonic has all the same attacks, animations, and powerups as in Sonic 3, and now with Tails gone, his reaching abilities are hindered. His absence is fixed, however, by locking it onto Sonic 3.
-THE SAVE FEATURE FROM SONIC 3 IS SORELY MISSED. With as massive as the levels are, being able to save after Sandopolis Zone Act 2 would be nice, but again, this problem is remedied after locking it onto Sonic 3.
-NO CHANGE OF SPECIAL STAGES HERE. Basically, these new ones are simply styled after the Sonic 3 SS's.

Don't let the 4 stars deter you at all. S&K is certainly one of the most memorable Sonic games of all, and if you liked Sonic 3, then I see no reason for you NOT to like this one. As a whole, Sonic 3 & Knuckles deserves its full 5 stars, so whether you want to find their original carts, or just play them on PC or the new Sonic Mega Collection, find them any way you can because these are some of the best 2D games that defined an age of gaming. GOTTA JUICE!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best Sonic video game, in my opinion Nov. 17 2001
By psycho - Published on Amazon.com
As said above, I think this is the best Sonic title of the Genesis four (1, 2, 3 & S&K). In this game we see Sonic going up against Robotnick and a hoard of new mechanical enemies. After Sonic knocked Robotnicks evil Death Egg machine out of the sky in Sonic 3, it landed on the Floating Island. Now stuck in the biggest volcano on the island, Robotnick needs the master Chaos Emerald to get it out. But guess who lives on Floating Island? Knuckles the Echidna, the guardian of the Chaos emerald, who has a problem of his own...an evil robot who is terrorizing the island. In this game we get to play either Sonic or Knuckles, the latter having cooler moves like flying and climbing. However, Sonic's main advantage is that he has four or five more levels to his game. The two have the same levels, they're altered sometimes to suit the story of each. Although Sonic 2 was the longer game, Sonic & Knuckles is cooler because of the richer graphics and more detailed levels. You're character gets to swing from ropes, tests his arm strength on lifting machines, climb rungs over nothingness, bungee down steep cliffs, and ride a dizzying laser transport. The levels display their own little characteristics. Walk through the Mushroom Hill Zone and watch pollen fly up behind you. See the heat your character must be feeling as heatwaves rise from golden sands in the Sandopolis Zone. Fight an evil boss at the end of almost every level. Enjoy the electrifying excitement as the final showdown with Sonic and the evil Dr. Robotnic ensues. Gather all the chaos emeralds and enter a secret end level where you chase Robotnick through space as... buy the game and find out. Plus with the Sonic & Knuckles cartridge you can hook Sonic 2 to the top to play Knuckles in the that game. Put Sonic 3 on top and play all of the levels in that game combined with the ones in S & K. Put another game on top and play endless special levels. If you're looking for a good game on the Genesis console, this is it. It is hard to find, but its worth it if you're into Sonic games or adventure games. Whew!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic 3 comes to an end June 24 2010
By Inspector Gadget - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I was mildly irritated when Sonic 3 ended, or should I just say "stopped"? The game pretty just closed with a black screen and no sequence. Sonic & Knuckles is the true end, but not before spinning through 5 more levels and yet another confrontation with Robotnik on the Death Egg.

There's nothing breathtakingly new about the level design. If you've played one Sonic you've played 'em all in this regard. But the varied themes and tunes will keep you entertained. I think that Lava Reef Zone may well be my favorite Sonic tune ever.

I've still to play as Knuckles and use the lock-on technology. But no matter how much I play or how hard I try there's no way I'll be able to get through the ENTIRE game and grab all 14 Chaos Emeralds. The Emerald stages are just too hard. With all 14 Chaos Emeralds you transform into Hyper Sonic, which I have never seen. But, to be honest I think there are only about 5 people in the history of the world who have been able to unlock Hyper Sonic.

This was the last "true" 2D Sonic game. He has, controversially, lost his way (and his fans) since Sonic & Knuckles. The Sonic Advance games are good, and Sonic Adventure DX was also loads of fun. But something...I dunno what, has just been lacking. Where Sonic has failed again and again Mario has succeeded many times over. Strange.

Graphics A
Sound A
Gameplay B
Lasting Appeal B
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been playing this game for 15 years. March 10 2009
By maskedgamer - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
That's right! I got this game for Christmas brand new! That was such an awsome December. I never put down this game, and still play it on my O.G. SegaNomad! I even played this game in college. This game was so freakin good! Probably the last great true Sonic game before Sega started to fall off. I reccomend this game to anyone that missed it, or anyone's that's curious about it. Of course I will warn you if your a new gamer... meaning from the Post Cartridge Era (excluding N64). This game is old school hard, and there is no magic memory card to save your hiney. When you play sonic... YOU PLAY SONIC! So if your from the newer game generation and are used to being pampered by mystical frame rates, rumbling controllers, an option to save, and online support... you my friend are better off left playing suck box.
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