| Sonic Chaos (Sonic and Tails) |
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Sonic 3 was doing the rounds on the Mega Drive and the Master System and Game Gear got a Sonic game of itís own - Sonic Chaos. This was to be another original title for the 8-Bit machines only.
South Island is in trouble again. Robotnik has managed to get hold of the red Chaos Emerald. By using itís power he has somehow managed to throw the remaining Chaos Emeralds into a parallel universe. South Island needs the Chaos Emeralds to continue floating. Now that the emeralds have gone the island starts to sink. Sonic must reclaim the emeralds before everybody goes for a swim.
The Sonic gameplay style has not changed yet brings you a step closer to the Mega Drive versions in terms of speed. Run from left to right collecting rings and other items and destroying the Robotnik drones that exist throughout the levels. Pressing left and right on the D-Pad moves him in that direction, holding up and down scrolls the screen slightly, both buttons are jump and pressing down while running makes you roll. Defeat the enemies by jumping on them or rolling and rings are lost when you are hit. A few remain on screen for a few seconds to recollect. Get hit with no rings and you loose a life.
Sonic or Tails are now both playable characters. Although Tails made appearances in Sonic 2 he was never a playable character. Now you can decide whether you want to play with Sonic and his super speed or Tails and his flying ability. The Spin Dash move from the Mega Drive version of Sonic 2 made it into this game which is good for rocketing around those loops and destroying enemies. Both Sonic and Tails are both able to do this by pressing down on the D-pad and revving up with the jump buttons.
The speed of Sonic Chaos is a notch faster than of Sonic 2 with slightly more action. The size of the levels in Sonic Chaos has been increased by a large margin over Sonic 2. This is more noticeable when you decide to venture upwards. There are loads more secret areas to find as well. Levels are also packed with loads more gameplay elements with plenty of walls to smash through. There are more type of springs as seen in previous Mega Drive versions; some springs propel you straight upwards while others make you twist in the air. The Mobius Twists have it into the first level.
Usual Sonic items inside monitors return for collection in the levels.
Rocket shoes - Sonic only item. You can blast through the air for a short amount of time. If you take a hit they will disappear straight away.
The end of an act is marked with the familiar Bonus Panel. The faster you hit it the more points you get. Like before an image will dictate a reward. The reward depends on rings and time.
Your points are then updated.
Each zone consists of 3 acts, 2 are full sized levels with act 3 being a boss level. At the end of each you are rewarded with ring and time bonuses based on your performance. More rings = more points and the quicker you are completing the act the more points you receive for the time bonus. For every 50,000 points you gain a continue.
There are 6 Special Stages each requiring you to complete a different task in each one. These include flying throught the air on rock shoes or rolling through a maze of pipes. You exit the stage when your time runs out or you have collected a Chaos Emerald.
From the start there is a noticeable graphics improvement. The Sonic and Tails sprites are a little larger with more detail and have a little more frames of animation. The levels are more detailed and the backgrounds....There does seem to be some slowdown when Sonic is going through the stages at a pace.
The music and sound fx are of usual quality for 8-Bit. The background tunes are simplistic as are the sound fx
Sonic Chaos is a reasonable challenge. It will tae a few attempts at some of the later levels to complete them and locating all of the Chaos Emeralds should keep anybody busy for a while.
Sonic Chaos is again another great 8-Bit title different from itís predecessor. More gameplay, more characters, larger levels itís great follow on from Sonic 2 and an impressive 8-Bit title.
Cheats and Tips
At the title screen press Up, Up, Down, Down, Right, Left, Right, Left, Start.
At the title screen, press Down, Down, Up, Up, Left, Right, Left, Right, 1, 2, Start.
At the sound test menu, press Down, Down-Right, Right, 2. You can now throw a fireball while playing.
The Sonic Chaos detailed on this page is the Master System version. The game was also released on the Game Gear and that version sports some differences over this one.
You can download the tunes in the game in MP3 format on the Soundtrack Page.