Journalists retrospectively consider the game one of the series' worst. An unofficial director's cut version, featuring adjusted gameplay elements and improved controls, was released by the Genesis version's lead programmer, Jon Burton , in Sonic 3D Blast is a platform game presented from an isometric perspective. Sonic can also collect power-ups , such as elemental shields, speed shoes, or invincibility , by breaking television monitors containing them. The game is split into several levels called zones.
Every zone has three acts: two standard levels, where the player must collect Flickies by defeating robots in order to proceed; and a boss fight against Robotnik, without any Flicky-collecting involved. If Sonic and the following Flickies are hit by an obstacle or enemy, the Flickies and the rings Sonic collected will scatter. Each individual Flicky's color determines its behavior: blue, pink and orange Flickies make an effort to find Sonic, while green and red Flickies wander off at random; the latter even jumping about, making them harder to re-collect.
Losing all lives results in a game over. Lives can be replenished by collecting a 1-up or collecting ten Sonic-shaped medals. As with previous games, Sonic 3D Blast includes "special stages", in which the player collects Chaos Emeralds.
Obtaining all seven Emeralds allows the player to play the final boss battle and discover the true ending of the game. During special stages, the camera shifts to behind Sonic as he runs down a preset path and must collect rings while avoiding obstacles that, when run into, make him lose rings.
A certain number of rings need to be obtained at certain checkpoints to continue through the stage, and ultimately be able to make it to the end in order to receive a Chaos Emerald.
Doctor Robotnik discovers mysterious birds called Flickies that live on an island in an alternate dimension. He learns that they can travel anywhere using large rings, so he decides to exploit them by turning them into robots to help him search for the Chaos Emeralds.
Sonic arrives at the island only to discover the presence of Robotnik, and he is tasked with saving the Flickies and defeating his nemesis.
Sonic travels through the island, saving the Flickies and clashing with Robotnik in his various machines. If the player collects all the Chaos Emeralds, Sonic proceeds into a black void, where he engages in a final battle with Robotnik, who pilots a large robot.
Sonic manages to destroy the robot's weapons and defeats Robotnik, freeing the Flickies. If the player fails to collect the Emeralds, Robotnik escapes in their possession. Lead programmer Jon Burton in a retrospective interview with VentureBeat . Sonic 3D Blast was the final Sonic the Hedgehog game produced for the Sega Genesis ,  and was developed as a swan song for the system.
The game was developed from scratch  in eight months,  beginning in July The item collection was influenced by the Flicky game, and the graphics were inspired by Donkey Kong Country Sega also commissioned a version of the game for the Sega Saturn in case Sonic X-treme was canceled.
This cancellation did indeed occur, so Sonic 3D Blast was safely released in time for Christmas in its stead. While it does feature graphical changes, such as weather effects and higher resolution textures, the game largely plays the same as the original version. Sonic Team filled in for development of the special stage in the Saturn version of the game, which includes polygonal graphics as opposed to sprites only.
However, they were unable to properly transfer Sonic's model from X-treme into 3D Blast , so the feature was scrapped. The soundtrack for the Genesis version, which features 24 tracks in total,  was primarily composed by Jun Senoue and Tatsuyuki Maeda, with Masaru Setsumaru and Seirou Okamoto composing the final boss and staff roll themes, respectively.
The Genesis version of the game is available in several Sonic -themed compilations. Sonic 3D Blast received mixed reviews, according to the review aggregator GameRankings. Red Volcano Zone Act 1.
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Silver Castle Zone Act 2 B. Silver Castle Zone Act 2 C. Sonic Blast was the last Sonic game for the Game Gear. The game was also ported to the Sega Master System in Brazil by TecToy and released in December , making it the last game ever made for that system. While this game was released at the end of in conjunction with the similarly named Sonic 3D Blast , it is worth noting that the two games have little in common.
No enemies, levels, or bosses, are shared between the games. The story is also completely different, as Sonic and Knuckles join together to collect five of a Chaos Emerald's pieces and confront Dr.
Robotnik at Silver Castle Zone. Accordingly, renowned resident hero Sonic the Hedgehog was enjoying a nap on his palm tree hammock during a peaceful afternoon on South Island. His repose was interrupted, however, by the blinding flash of a Chaos Emerald. The Emerald shattered into five different-colored pieces with an earsplitting shriek, scattering off into the distance.
Suddenly, the booming laughter of Dr. Eggman echoed above him - the villain had been aiming for Sonic with a laser beam, but struck the lone Chaos Emerald instead. Despite his error, Eggman was pleased with the unexpected results.
He impulsively wanted to use the five shards of shattered Emerald to fortify his new aerial base, the Silver Castle, which he created after he realized that the other Emeralds began to scatter away from South Island. Just as Sonic prepared to set off in search of the pieces, Knuckles the Echidna stepped out from the shade of a nearby tree, having witnessed the event.
The two heroes resolve to foil Dr. Eggman and collect the miniature Chaos Emeralds to restore it. Unlike its pseudo-3D counterpart , Sonic Blast for the Game Gear is a side-scrolling run-and-jump platform game. There are two playable char I can't believe people are giving this a high rating.
Maybe because they just played it on mega collection and I will admit that version was improved. But I'll be covering the original game gear version. But I literally Sonic Blast, not to be confused with Sonic 3D Blast, was one of 5 different vintage Blast was not a very good sonic title. It's not horrendous but at the same time not very good. It's the first and only 8-bit sonic platformer where you can play as knuckles.
However, just because you can take advantag Sonic Blast is another Game gear game that I have only played within the sonic mega collection for the ps2. Nintendo World Report. Retrieved March 6, Nintendo Life. Retrieved March 7, April 18, Retro Gamer Digitally Downloaded.
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