It's UncleBalrog here again with another game review! This time, it's for a rather obscure game in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. It's actually not about Sonic though. It's about his two-tailed yellow fox sidekick, Miles 'Tails' Prower. Just to let you know, this one of my favorite games in the entire Sonic franchise, despite it being one of the more obscure ones in the series. It's named Tails Adventure. If you can guess what this game entails, I'll give you ten bucks. Here's a hint, Tails goes on an adventure. Okay no money for you. But anyway, let's get to the review!
Graphics- This game is on the Sega Game Gear, which was pretty much Sega's NES. Tails Adventure was not the first Sonic game to make it to the Game Gear, but unlike most of them, this game didn't simply reuse Tails' sprite sheet from the previous games. They actually made Tails have his own animations for everything, and my god they are cute as hell. Tails is almost as cute as Kirby in this game. I'm serious, his sprites are that good. I also like the backgrounds for the stages, as well as the enemy and boss sprites. However ,the only reason that I don't give this a 10 is that in some stages, the blocks that you can bomb are VERY hard to see, and you'll find yourself missing a lot of items that you WILL need later in the game. Otherwise the graphics are excellent for the Game Gear.
Sound- I enjoyed this game's soundtrack a lot. All the tracks fit the area they were played in, and I also love the overall mood that it instills. It has pretty good tunes too. That is actually all I have to say about the sound in this game. I like it.
Addictiveness- The first thing you need to notice about this game is that it isn't based on speed. In fact, this game has something that almost no Sonic game has ever, EVER had. Backtracking. That's right, for once in a Sonic game you can move BACKWARDS. But that aside, this game is in a sort of Metroidvania setup. If you don't know what that is then look it up, I speak gamer here. As a result of that, there's plenty of stuff for you to collect in the world. Notably, the Chaos Emeralds. In most stages, there's a Chaos Emerald that you can find, which increases your Health and Flight Gauge. The Health is also different from traditional Sonic, in that you don't lose ALL YOUR RINGS when you get hit. Some things do 1 ring of damage, some things do 2 or 3 or maybe even 10 rings of damage. If your ring count is exactly zero, (say you have one ring. You get hit with something that does 1 damage, and now it's zero) then you die on the next hit unless you get more rings. So basically, it's an adventure, not a race. And boy is it addicting. I found myself playing this game time and time again, and I don't think I ever hated one moment of the game. Maybe I'm just a fan of adventure games. The only problem however is that if you die, you get taken back to the menu and if you don't have a password for your save game then you have to start ALL OVER.
Story- This one is a bit odd to explain. This game has two separate stories, depending on if you're reading the English or Japanese instruction manual. That's why it gets a 5. I'll go ahead and explain each though.
English: This game takes place during a period of time when Sonic and Tails part ways. I think this is also when Sonic CD takes place, because if you'll notice, Tails was never in Sonic CD at all. Sonic wasn't in this game either. So after they part ways, Tails finds an island called Coco Island or something. He decides to live there, until the Grand Kukku Army invades. The Grand Kukku Army is an army of evil birds who are after the Chaos Emeralds, which somehow ended up with Tails on Coco Island. THEORY: If you played Sonic Riders then these guys may remind you of Jet, Storm, and Wave. They're birds after all. But now Tails needs to go and recover the Emeralds from the island, and defeat the army.
Japanese: The Japanese version takes place before Tails even meets Sonic. That's about the only difference though.
Depth: This game has a ton of things to offer, whether it's items, or Chaos Emeralds. The only problem I had was that there simply weren't enough stages in the game, as well as the severely restricted Inventory editing. You can only have 4 or 5 items on you at a time, and you have to go back to Tails' house to put stuff in your inventory.
Difficulty- This game can be irritating at times, but it isn't too hard if you get the Chaos Emeralds early on in the stage. Most of the bosses are made so that they WILL hit you plenty of times, which promotes you to get the Chaos Emeralds. After that you can usually tank through the bosses, unless you suck really bad at this game. Some of the stages are pretty difficult to get around, too.
Overall- Overall this game is OUTSTANDING for a Game Gear game, and I'm a huge fan of it. The only issues were with the Inventory and Game Overs. I'd say this is a must-play game, especially if you're a fan of adventure games. And Tails. He's so freaking cute in this game! But this is by no means fan service, this is a legitimate Sonic game. It just has a few twists, that's all. I recommend it to you. Play it man. There's a button right there that says PLAY GAME IN THIS EMULATOR. Click that now. C'mon, you know you want to. ...... Have you played it yet? Hey, I thought I told you to click the button. Click it right now!
.... Okay fine, maybe after you're done reading this review.
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