Reviews for Sonic 3 and Knuckles


They went all out.

Snotnarok | Nov. 3, 2014 | See all Snotnarok's reviews »

This is my favorite game in the 2D series, they did just about everything right. With the benefit of time, you get to skip where the games were separate due to time, cartridge space limitations and such. That's right this game was 2 separate carts you could slot together for the full on adventure. To start, the game has some really large levels, not really just the length it's also the height granting the player numerous paths to finish the level making replayability really high. Unique for the time, the levels intermix- where you beat the first act and no screen changes you're into the next act. You'll make a transition via a cannon or pit trap to the next level but it makes the game seem like 1 big adventure which is impressive considering. Each stage has a mini-boss and a boss as well to make sure things stay interesting. The music is great, you'd be hard pressed to find tunes that beat this game then. Only made better by every act having it's own variation or entirely separate song. Yes, the game has been confirmed to have had Michael Jackson working on tracks to some extent- but due to reasons (criminal accusations at the time) all credit was removed. You get to play as 3 characters in this game, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles. Each has their own abilities and heck, even unique paths. -Sonic is fastest, jumps highest, can use alt abilities on shields. -Tails can fly and swim -Knuckles jumps the lowest, can glide, climb walls, smash unique paths open. (he's also the hard mode of the game) It's a huge game and considering the cost today vs then? It's a steal. It's a great game(s) and worth playing if you like platformers. You can tell you went all out considering the details they went into and variety of gameplay they have in here.


Brilliant game.

digiconner | May 12, 2014 | See all digiconner's reviews »

This game is great. The levels are well designed, the bosses are cool, the characters are great and the story is interesting. This includes 3 storylines, sonic the hedgehog 3, sonic & knuckles - sonic storyline and sonic & knuckles - knuckles storyline. You can play as sonic, tails or knuckles and the introduction of knuckles to the franchise is awesome. This game is exceptional.


The Best Sonic, by Far

taythib | Nov. 18, 2013 | See all taythib's reviews »

Of the three original sonic titles, this is the peak. Playing as the three original heroes, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, run at high speeds through very atmospheric platforming levels on an adventure to defeat Dr. Robotnik. The level design is extremely intuitive while the controls feel very smooth. The graphics are perhaps the most beautiful of the era, having a colorful combination of backgrounds and enemies. Highly reccomended!


The Best of Sonic, and the Best Experience

crazygrouptrio | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all crazygrouptrio's reviews »

Sonic games have plummeted over the years, I don't think anyone can argue that. The games just lack the speed and pure fun that the older Sonic's had. This game combo was the pinnacle of Sonic's greatness. This game is near perfect with its game play, although constantly running can be boring after awhile, you'll soon find that the levels all have secrets that hold power ups, lives, and bonus stages to get the chaos emeralds and eventually become Super Sonic. This is where most of the game's difficult lies. The stages themselves, as well as the bosses, aren't that difficult, but they aren't supposed to be difficult. The games keeps a steady pace that allows even new players to run and dash through the stages without much effort. This difficult gradually increases (around the Marble Garden Zone speed won't help you much) and becomes a pretty solid experience. But, once you slow down and begin to realize you can collect chaos emeralds and become Super Sonic, the game has a whole new element of discovery that will make you play the game again and again. If I didn't still own both of these titles for the Sega Genesis, I'd buy them again.


go faster please

Bynn | June 10, 2013 | See all Bynn's reviews »

The best Sonic clasic game in my opinion, my favourite, adding new elements and nice dinamic stage change, the new 3 new shields, really helpful! Overall fun, still play it sometimes to this day.


The best of the franchise

Neohoodman | March 2, 2013 | See all Neohoodman's reviews »

Sonic 3 was my first Sonic game. It introduced me to the fast world of Sonic and co. and the fun gameplay that entailed. The graphics are amazing with colorful and inspired worlds. Music sounds good and will get stuck in your head for time to come. Insane replay value, thanks to the 3 (4, if you consider Sonic & Tails together a character) different characters with all different types of gameplay. There is even a co-op possibility thanks to Sonic & Tails simultaneously playing. If there is a single game to pick out of all of the Sonic games, it is definitely this one.


The ultimate Sonic platformer

Jelley | Feb. 21, 2013 | See all Jelley's reviews »

Sonic 3 is undoubtedly the high point for the 2D sonic franchise, and ultimately it improves on the game mechanics and level design of its predescors. Sonic 3 and Knuckles diferentiates itself from other sidescrollers, particularly by the game speed, but also by the inclusion of an achivement based mini game system. Its a blast to speed through waves of enemies, and sucess in challenging minigames give a strong sense of accomplishment that is highly rewarding. Both sonic 3 and the included add-on, sonic and knuckles, feature a great music score that complements the almost frantic pace of the game, but also create atmosphere which truly capture the memorable moments of the playthrough. This package also includes multilplayer functionality, where the story-mode can be played co-operatively. A race based competitive mode is also included which can be played in hotseat. The game is quite short however, and once the game is complete, there is little in the way of replay value. Overall the sonic and knuckles is an exceptional game, and despite being short, it is well worth a look.


A Pinnacle of Platforming

DeweyDTruman | Feb. 8, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »

Sonic 1 created a series based around speed. Sonic 2 added to the system with various touches. Sonic 3 and Knuckles, however, took this and created one of the best Sega Genesis titles, if not one of the best 16-bit games. This time you can play as either Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles (or Sonic with Tails, but really there's little to no difference between this and Sonic alone.) as you travel across the Island in the sky. Depending on your character, you can move in extremely different ways. Tails is able to fly, but isn't as fast as the others. Knuckles can only glide, not fly, but can also climb walls. Sonic is mostly the same as how we left him in the second game, but now has a quick invincibility spin attack. He's also the fastest of the three. These differences allow for different playthroughs of the various levels, and as such more replayability. There's multiple special stages in this game compared to the previous two only having one, but the one that gives you chaos emeralds (or super emeralds, after you finish launch base zone) is known as blue sphere, and is highly addictive. So much so, that locking Sonic and Knuckles onto Sonic 1 lets you play a near infinite number of the levels.It is, in my opinion, the most fun of any special stage in the history of sonic. When you collect all seven chaos emeralds (as Sonic or Knuckles) you can go Super Sonic/Knuckles, just as in the previous title. However, once you collect the super emeralds, you can go hyper (or, in the case of Tails, super.) The levels in this game are beautiful, both visually and audibly. Outside of the odd shift between Launch Base and Mushroom Hill, they tend to flow smoothly together in their own ways. The finale is something that must be played, not seen. While it's true that Sonic 3 and Knuckles is technically two games combined into one, it really feels as though it's rather one game split into two, finally coming back together again. If you haven't played this game, you owe it to yourself to do so.


The best classic Sonic game

panz3r88 | Jan. 23, 2013 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Sonic 3 and Knuckles is the best of Sonic 2D levels. It's very long, there are many stages. You can also play with Knuckles, a character with a different gameplay. There are many elements that add variety to the game: there are the bonus stages, very fun bosses and you can find different powerups that add ability to Sonic.


Sonic 3, one of the best Sonic games

Cavalieroscuro | Jan. 22, 2013 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »

In his third adventure, Sonic will find a new friend, Knuckles. The gameplay is almost the same of the old games, there is only a (little) improvement on graphic side, but this is one of the best Sonic games. You will find all the things you loved, so basically is a "more of the same". But if all the sequel maintain this quality...make more and more!


One of the best classic games with franchise

DukePaul | Jan. 22, 2013 | See all DukePaul's reviews »

Sonic 3 and Knuckles was the the highest point in the classic franchise with the Sega Megadrive console, all the songs are master pieces and the gameplay was improved thanks to the new character Knuckles, It was a very well received game. I think if you need to try a classic Sonic game, try this because it is an essential title of the franchise.