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Sonic the Hedgehog has been a favorite franchise of mine for quite some time now. It is a shame that Sonic is not well regarded by most gamers. It is also a shame that in order to find a good Sonic game one must go to the GBA (Gameboy Advance). Sure there was that Nintendo Wii version, but most of the recent console Sonic games have been poorly made, conceived, and implemented. So what did Sega (teaming up with THQ?) do for the Gameboy Advance game - Sonic Advance 3? They kept the game in 2D (two dimension), and they gave Sonic his speed. There are plenty of confusing paths that I flew through at breakneck speed. The overworld area is really cool, as it is just like a small level in any Sonic 2D video game.

Each world in Sonic Advance 3 has a very thematic color scheme. For the GBA this game has some exceptional scenery. As some of the pictures show on this very page of Family Friendly Gaming some effort was put into the drawings. All of the images are safe for the entire family, and done in a way that it can be artistically appreciated. Sonic can spin and hit the robots in a violent manner, but he frees little woodland animals when he does so. Kind of like freeing people from the chains of the world when they hear about Jesus Christ.

I am not sure if any new orchestra was done for Sonic Advance 3, but most of the music feels similar to me. They may have done some remixes, but none of the music strays too far from well accepted Sonic music. Expect the special effects sounds to be just like previous Sonic the Hedgehog video games. Again this is not a bad thing, and nice they did not stray from the proven and accepted history.

THQ made sure there is a lot of replay value in this game as there are plenty of different areas to explore. Not all of these areas are needed to beat the game, but they are present. Mini games are also found. This GBA game can be found at a very reasonable price, so I would say it is worth your money.

Sonic Advance 3 controls well most of the time. There are a few areas in later levels that it can take some definite skill to get through. Certain jumps make little sense, and they rarely work. The layout of the controls shows some thought on the developers part.

Sonic frees those enslaved to machines, and I look around at a lot of people who have machines do everything for them and think we need a Sonic. Well we have one that is so much better in Jesus Christ. He came and died for our sins, and all we have to do is accepted that. As long as you are aware of the action, this game should be okay for kids.
- Luke


Graphics: 91%
Sound: 88%
Replay/Extras: 92%
Gameplay: 86%
Family Friendly Factor: 84%
System: Gameboy Advance
Publisher: THQ/Sega
Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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