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Release year: 1996 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Sega (Sonic Team) & Traveller’s Tales
Sonic 3D Blast (Sega Genesis)
Sonic 3D Blast (AKA Sonic 3D: Flickies’ Island or ソニック３Ｄ フリッキーアイランド Sonikku Surīdī Furikkī Airando in Japan) is a pseudo-3D (isometric) platform video game developed by Sonic Team (Sega) and Traveller’s Tales and released for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive in 1996. It is the last Sonic game for the Sega’s 16-bit home gaming console.
Sonic 3D Blast received mixed reactions from loyal Sonic fans. Most of them were negative, though. There seemed to be a lot of negative review from game critics, so let’s try to be more optimistic on this one and see the good sides of the game.
You need to collect flickies on this iteration, and it irritates a lot of gamers but it’s the whole point of the game. It can be a bit frustrating, but once you get the hang of it, Sonic 3D Blast may not be too bad at all. Sonic moves slower in this game compared to the side-scrolling releases. This is expected because of the console’s limitation, but Sonic 3D Blast for the Sega Genesis has enough speed in it to keep you on your toes.
Those who have been used to the classic Sonic might get thrown off by the isometric view of this game. This might be the reason why it got so much bad comments on the controls department. The controls can be too sensitive at times but overall, they work well if you can just get more familiar with the new view, the slower pace, and the fact that Sonic can’t jump high on this one.
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Those who complain about the graphics for this game need to understand that this is a 3D game running on a 2D machine. The effort alone for developing the graphics engine for Sonic 3D Blast given the limitations of the Sega Genesis is worth a big applause. There are good level designs here and there. The characters are well drawn too.
Great music and sound effects have been carried over from previous releases of the Sonic saga to this one. There’s no need to fix a wheel when it’s not broken.
If you want a fast paced game, keep off this one. But if you want to see the early incarnations of 3D games, this is a good example. It may not be up there with the best, but it’s worth it.
Sonic 3D Blast has been ported to Sega Genesis (this version), Sega Saturn, PC, Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation 2, Xbox, Virtual Console, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.