Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Team Sonic (1994) Sega Genesis


I wont stand idly by any more, and allow Van Rockingham to continue to sully the good(?) name of Sonic. Although, in retrospect, most of the negative reviews of Sonic games here on GR were written by *leafs through documents* ….Me. Shit.

Righto, Sonic 3, over the wall lads.


Oh my word, this one actually has a little meat on it’s bones!

So, after you’ve smashed up the Death Egg at the end of Sonic 2, it crash lands on Angel Island. Sonic and Tails make haste to the island, presumably with the intent of asking Dr Robotnik if he’s keen for another swift spanking. Here, they meet Knuckles, the guardian of the Master Emerald. When i say meet, I mean they both get a swift punch. Knuckles has already come into contact with Dr Robotnik, who has told him filthy lies about Sonic coming to take the Master Emerald for himself in order to buy himself time to repair his fledgling spacecraft. Hilarity ensues.

S’alright that, innit? It’s no Citizen Kane, but it’s a damn sight better than “I’m a baddie” met with “well I’m not!”.


The best looking of the Mega Drive Sonic games in a walk, and it bloody well should be! I’m not a huge fan of the Sonic model from this game (apparently nobody is, he’s back to Sonic 2 style in Sonic Mania), but the levels are tremendously put together. The backgrounds are full of life, and the levels distinct enough from one another to keep things interesting.


Angel Island gets torched at the end of Act 1, giving you this awesome Diet Apocalypse Now scene in Act 2.


The soundtrack is arguably the weakest of the Sonic games – nothing bad about it, but it’s certainly the least memorable of the 3 games. Except for Ice Cap Zone. That shit is my jam. Then there’s that whole thing about Michael Jackson ALLEGEDLY helping to compose the soundtrack. Do I think he did? Who cares.


Bit up and down this. It’s a classic Sonic game, so it’s great, of course it is. The new additions of the flame, spark and bubble shields are great fun, and their quirks of stopping you from drowning/burning are pretty inspired for the time.

The two areas, for me, where Sonic 3 slips up are – the special stages and the actual length of the game. It’s admirable for Sega to try a different style of bonus game in each Sonic game, but when you ask people to think of a Sonic bonus level, what do they say? They say “who are you? How did you get in here? What have you done with our son?” blah, blah, blah. But yeah, I feel like the quintessential Sonic bonus stage is the Sonic 2 half pipe. Sonic 3? Ehhhhhh..

So you navigate Sonic across a sphere, gathering blue balls as you go. When you gather a blue ball, it turns red. If you go around the outside of a grid of blue balls, they turn into rings. Touch a red ball and it’s over, get all the blue and you’ve done it. Fine, right? Yep, just fine. It’s tough to say I like these too much, and when you factor in the fact that they speed up the more stuff you gather, they can actually be downright stressful. The music is hideous as well.


*deep breath* Do it for Super Sonic…

And the length. There are only 6 zones in Sonic 3, which is pretty paltry compared to the almost double 11 zones of Sonic 2. Sonic games aren’t the longest at the best of times, but I’d venture to say 3 is easily the shortest. The fact then, that this is the first Sonic game to contain a save feature is a touch baffling. Granted there’s a touch more longevity added by the nifty little multiplayer, where you and your STUPID OLDER BROTHER WHO ALWAYS WINS can race one on one, but it’s a rather shallow proposition, and truthfully exists as more of a novelty than a viable long term multiplayer.


Sonic 3 is probably my least favourite of the 3 original Sonic games, but it’s far from being a bad game. Rather, it simply suffers from not being long enough to really sink your teeth into. It’s still brilliantly designed and buckets of fun, with just enough small innovations to make it feel different to the first two games. It’s just a bit of a shame that the limitations of the day kept it from being more fully fledged.


Pros : Fast without any frame rate drops, really interesting level design, looks the business, just challenging enough to be immensely satisfying.

Cons : Very short, the special stages make me feel ill.


Sonic 3 was released to critical and commercial success in 1994, and was praised as the strongest game of the trilogy. In particular, it received praise for it’s outstanding visuals and soundtrack.


Aladdin. Capcom (1994) Super Nintendo

The only real fight in the Great 16bit Console War me and my mates had was between Aladdin on the Megadrive and Aladdin on the SNES. So forget your Crash Bandicoot vs Super Mario 64 as that wasn’t a contest. Forget Last of Us vs whatever toss Gears of War shite XBox360 had, and forget Sonic vs Mario. The only thing us “90s kids” actually cared about was Aladdin or Aladdin.

And with that, Aladdin on the SNES. Continue reading

Street Racer. Vivid Image (1994) Super Nintendo

I am going to shout this. THIS GAME IS SO 90s YOU GET POGS WITH THE GAME.

Now, I am going to whisper these three things very quietly, 1) I never knew there was a space between Ubi and Soft 2) Super Mario Kart on the SNES is borderline unplayable trash 3) I thought this game was a Street Fighter spin-off.

I’m not too proud to admit to two of those things, but I felt I needed to be honest with you all and since I clearly know nothing about this game, here we go.

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Pete Sampras Tennis. Codemasters (1994) Sega Genesis

What better why to celebrate the time of the year where all English people pretend to give a fuck about Tennis and foray into a Genesis classic. So don your straw boater and ready the Pimms for we are about to get crazy with SPORTS! Continue reading

Knights of the Round. Capcom (1994) Super Nintendo

I made the bold claim that Turtles in Time was probably the best Beat ’em up you’ll ever play, and Reddit being Reddit proceeded to do what Reddit does best. Flame you for hours on end for: a) Having an opinion that differs from somebody else, and b) having not played a game that didn’t get a release in the continent you’re from.

Now I know opinions are like arseholes, in that everyone has them, but it did make me think is Knights of the Round any good, or is this just some douche on the internet smug raging?

Anyway, I bought a copy from Spain that turns out to be a dodgy PAL conversion. So with that in mind, how is Knights of the Round? Continue reading

Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land. Nintendo R&D (1994) Gameboy


Super Mario Land is perhaps the worst Mario game if you discount the original arcade game. Mario Land 2 was short and sweet, and was almost as perfect as a Gameboy game could be. Now, we get a sort of spin off, Officially SML3, but spawning its own series which somehow has managed to squeeze out 6 sequels. So, if you have that many direct sequels, as well as the WarioWare spin offs, you’d guess this had to be a good game right? Continue reading