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Sonic 3D
Developer(s) Traveller's Tales, Sega[1][2]
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s) Flag of the United States November 1996 (Genesis & Saturn)
Flag of Europe November 1996 (Mega Drive)
Flag of Europe February 1997 (Saturn)
Flag of the United States September 25, 1997 (PC)
Flag of Europe September 30, 1997 (PC)
Flag of Japan October 14, 1999 (Saturn)
Genre(s) Platform,Adventure
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: K-A (Kids to Adults)
OFLC: G (General)
PEGI: 3+
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Saturn, PC Nintendo Gamecube
Media 32 Mbit cartridge, CD-ROM (1)
Input Control pad, joystick, keyboard

Sonic 3D (titled Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and called Sonic 3D Blast in North America, both names used in Japan) is an isometric platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was developed in the UK by Traveller's Tales and published by Sega. The Japanese version was a Sega Saturn exclusive. It is scheduled for a japan release on the virtual console in October. Image File history File linksMetadata Sonic_3D_Box. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (448x634, 56 KB) This image is cover art for a computer or video game, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the games publisher or developer. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... Travellers Tales logo designed by Rodney Matthews. ... This article is about the video game company. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the video game company. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... A simple platform sequence from the game Wonder Boy Platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles. ... Look up adventure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games and other entertainment software in the United States and Canada (officially adopted by individual provinces 2004-2005). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... PEGIs logo Pan European Game Information, or more commonly PEGI, nicknamed Peggy, is a European video game content rating system. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... It has been suggested that Arcade Racer Joystick be merged into this article or section. ... A personal computer (PC) is a computer whose price, size, and capabilities make it useful for individuals. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... The Megabit is a unit of information storage, abbreviated Mbit or sometimes Mb. ... Cartridge for the VIC 20 homecomputer In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... A game controller is an input device used to control a video game. ... For other uses, see Joystick (disambiguation). ... A 104-key PC US English QWERTY keyboard layout The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard layout A standard Hebrew keyboard showing both Hebrew and QWERTY. A computer keyboard is a peripheral partially modelled after the typewriter keyboard. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Look up isometric in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A simple platform sequence from the game Wonder Boy Platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles. ... The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega starring their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. ... Travellers Tales logo designed by Rodney Matthews. ... This article is about the video game company. ... It has been suggested that Arcade Racer Joystick be merged into this article or section. ...


Archie Comics published a comic adaptation of the game for a 48-page special, published in January 1997. A loose adaptation of the game also appeared in issues #104-106 of Sonic the Comic. Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenage Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Forsythe Jughead Jones characters created by Bob Montana. ... Sonic the Comic, known to its many readers as STC, was a UK childrens comic published fortnightly by Fleetway Editions (the merged companies Fleetway and London Editions, which progressively became integrated with its parent company Egmont until it became known as Egmont Magazines) between 1993 and 2002. ...


The North American title Sonic 3D Blast should not be confused with the game Sonic Blast for the Sega Game Gear. Yellow Desert Zone Sonic Blast is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Aspect and published by Sega for the Sega Game Gear. ...

Contents

Release history and versions

Sonic 3D's title screen when put into a Sega Genesis.
The title screen of the European Sega Saturn version.
The title screen of the European Sega Saturn version.

In addition to the original Mega Drive version, Sonic 3D was also available for the Sega Saturn to make up for the cancellation of Sonic X-treme, which was intended to be Saturn's killer game for the 1996 holiday season; the game was ported in seven weeks, during development of the Mega Drive version. FMVs, higher quality graphics (including a true 3D Special Stage, considered by many fans to be the best Special Stage in the series) and an entirely new, CD audio soundtrack composed by Richard Jacques (who later produced the Sonic R soundtrack). A European release followed in February 1997. Image File history File links Sonic3dBlast. ... Image File history File links Sonic3dBlast. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... It has been suggested that Arcade Racer Joystick be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Arcade Racer Joystick be merged into this article or section. ... This computer game has been incorrectly referred to or categorized with the PC game misnomer. ... A killer game is a video game that is so popular, that many buy a particular video game console or upgrade their computer hardware simply to play it. ... 1996 1996 in games 1995 in video gaming 1997 in video gaming Notable events of 1996 in video gaming. ... Screenshot of an FMV from Final Fantasy VIII using Bink Video. ... This article is about the scientific discipline of computer graphics. ... 3D computer graphics (in contrast to 2D computer graphics) are graphics that utilize a three-dimensional representation of geometric data that is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. ... Richard Jacques is a British composer. ... A screenshot of the PC version of Sonic R. Sonic R (ソニック R) is a racing game developed by Travellers Tales and Sonic Team for the Sega Saturn and PC, the latter version being ported to the GameCube in Sonic Gems Collection. ... 1997 1997 in games 1996 in video gaming 1998 in video gaming Notable events of 1997 in video gaming. ...


In September 1997 a port of the Saturn version was released for PC in Europe and North America, with the videos and soundtrack intact, as well as the notable addition of a save game system, but lacking some of the Saturn's effects (such as the fog in Rusty Ruins) and with a less impressive special stage that mixed the 2D sprites from the Mega Drive version with the basic gameplay of the Saturn version. The Saturn version was eventually released in Japan on October 14, 1999, the same date as Sonic Adventure International. A saved game is a piece of digitally stored information about the progress of a player in a computer or video game. ... Golden Gate Bridge in Fog Evening fog obscures Londons Tower Bridge from passers by. ... In computer graphics, a sprite (also known by other names; see Synonyms below) is a two-dimensional/three-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene. ... is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


Only one version of the Mega Drive game was released, with the title differing depending on whether it is played on a PAL or NTSC console. In PAL regions the title is Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island, and in NTSC regions the title is Sonic 3D Blast. This caused a problem, however, when the Mega Drive version was re-released in the Sonic Mega Collection. Due to the aforementioned feature, the game is titled Sonic 3D Blast when played on a PAL 60 or NTSC-J system. For other uses, see PAL (disambiguation). ... NTSC is the analog television system in use in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, and some other countries, mostly in the Americas (see map). ...


Although the PC version's title differed between regions, its executable was titled "Sonic 3D Blast: Flickies' Island", a combination of both names. It should be noted though, that the combined name is rarely used, with fans usually favoring one name over the other. In addition, "Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island" was the title was used for the Japanese Saturn version, but when the Mega Drive version was finally released in Japan as part of Sonic Mega Collection, its name was once again changed to "Sonic 3D Blast". The main menu screen in Sonic Mega Collection. ...


In October 2006, a 95 percent complete prototype was acquired and dumped for Internet distribution.[3] Notable events of 2006 in video gaming. ...


Story

Dr. Robotnik discovers that some strange birds, called Flickies, live on an island in an alternate dimension. He learns that they can travel anywhere using large rings, so he turns them all into robots to help him search for the Chaos Emeralds. One day, Sonic visits Flickies' Island and sees what Robotnik has done to them. Naturally, he decides to free the Flickies and stop Robotnik from finding the Emeralds. Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ...


Music and audio

Several music tracks from the Mega Drive version were later reused in Sonic Adventure. This is not a coincidence, as Jun Senoue worked on the music for both games. Richard Jacques scored the Saturn/PC versions. Many of the themes used in the Mega Drive version come from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. The game over music was also used in Sonic Pocket Adventure. Furthermore, hidden in the cartridge data (not accessible from the sound test screen) is the music track from Sonic 3's gumball bonus stage, which was also composed by Jun Senoue. Since the Saturn and PC versions of the game use Red Book audio, their soundtracks can be played using a CD Player. Sonic Adventure ) is a video game created by Sonic Team and released on December 23, 1998 in Japan by Sega for the Sega Dreamcast. ... Jun Senoue (born August 2, 1970 in Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Tohoku, Japan) is a video game composer and musician, well known for some of his contributions in many Sonic the Hedgehog games. ... Richard Jacques is a British composer. ... Sonic the Hedgehog 3 ), often abbreviated and literally known in Europe as Sonic 3, is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. ... S&K may also refer to S&K Menswear Sonic & Knuckles ) is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Sonic Team in collaboration with Sega Technical Institute, and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis in 1994. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, or just Sonic Pocket Adventure is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. ... Red Book is the standard for audio CDs (Compact Disc Digital Audio system, or CDDA). ...


Gameplay

The game is played from an isometric viewpoint in a de facto 2D environment and uses pre-rendered 3D sprites. Sonic must collect Flickies (first featured in the 1984 Sega arcade game Flicky) and bring them to a warp ring in order to advance in a zone. Each zone consists of two regular acts and one boss act. There are 10 or 15 Flickies in each zone's regular acts, barring Panic Puppet's, while in each zone's third act the player faces Dr. Robotnik in one of his many machines. An isometric drawing of a cube. ... De facto is a Latin expression that means in fact or in practice. It is commonly used as opposed to de jure (meaning by law) when referring to matters of law or governance or technique (such as standards), that are found in the common experience as created or developed without... 2D computer graphics is the computer-based generation of digital images—mostly from two-dimensional models (such as 2D geometric models, text, and digital images) and by techniques specific to them. ... Flicky is a fictional bluebird who debuted in the arcade game Flicky as the main character and has since become a part of the Sonic the Hedgehog series as a species commonly used for organic batteries in the evil Doctor Eggmans robots, also known as Badniks. ... Flicky is an arcade game made by Sega. ...


Chaos Emeralds

The Chaos Emeralds seen in the Mega Drive version are Emerald cut instead of the usual Brilliant cut. (Coincidentally, the Sol Emeralds are also Emerald cut.) This article addresses the many styles of diamond cut. ... A scattering of brilliant cut diamonds shows off the many reflecting facets. ... We dont have an article called Sol Emeralds Start this article Search for Sol Emeralds in. ...


To warp to a bonus level where the player can try for a Chaos Emerald, either Knuckles or Tails must be located within the regular levels. The player must have 50 rings or more, and must stand next to either Tails or Knuckles. At this point, the player's rings will be absorbed, and the played will be transported to the Chaos Emerald level.


There are three different versions of the bonus levels.


Sega Saturn: Sonic must run down a three dimensional halfpipe covered in rings and bombs and must collect enough rings to progress to the end of each stage.
Sega Genesis: Sonic must run down a bridge, collecting rings and avoiding bombs.
PC Version: Sonic must run down a halfpipe similar to those in Sonic 2. Sonic 2 title screen Sonic the Hedgehog 2, or simply Sonic 2, the sequel of Sonic the Hedgehog, is a side-scrolling platform video game made by Sega for the Mega Drive/Genesis. ...


Flicky Types

The Flickies Sonic rescues in each level come in four different colours. Each colour has its own personality.

  • Blue Flickies make a conscious effort to find Sonic. If they cannot find him, they fly around in a tight circle, making them easy to locate.
  • Pink Flickies act largely like blue ones, but fly around in bigger circles if unable to find Sonic. In the Volcano Valley Zone in the Mega Drive version, the pink Flickies are replaced with bright orange, flaming Flickies, presumably due to colour palette limitations.
  • Red Flickies constantly move between two close points, not making any effort to find Sonic. Their movement range is small, but they jump very high and can thus be hard to catch.
  • Green Flickies wander randomly with no interest in finding Sonic, they even sometimes appear to try to avoid Sonic.

Reception

Upon release, Sonic 3D Blast's reception was mixed by many critics and Sonic fans alike for many reasons, including clunky control, due to the isometric layout of the game, the slippery movement of Sonic, and the fact that the Genesis controller used a D-pad instead of an analog stick (the Sega Saturn version of the game however supports the "3-D" analog controller that came bundled with the sonic team game NiGHTS into Dreams). It was also criticized for its repetitive gameplay (the game solely relied on collecting Flickies and destroying enemies, and for not being true to the core Sonic games due to its main lack of speed (Unless a speed power-up is used, Sonic merely jogs around when he moves, which deviated from the traditional Sonic formula). It was praised for its graphics and music however, and also for its challenging bosses.[4] The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...


Images

Diamond Dust Zone, Saturn version, with more colourful graphics.
Diamond Dust Zone, Saturn version, with more colourful graphics.
Diamond Dust Zone, Mega Drive/Genesis version with less detail.
Diamond Dust Zone, Mega Drive/Genesis version with less detail.
The Saturn version's Special Stage, with real time texture mapped polygon graphics.
The Saturn version's Special Stage, with real time texture mapped polygon graphics.
The Mega Drive/Genesis version's pseudo-3D Special Stage, with pre-rendered 3D sprites.

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References

  1. ^ Quote from Producer of Sonic 3D Blast Mike Wallis: They were part of the backup plan with Sonic 3D Blast, and Travellers Tales did the game and SOJ did the Bonus Levels[1]
  2. ^ According to Programmar Jon Burton, Sega actually “supplied the game design and level layouts, so we (Traveller's Tales) implemented the gameplay, created the technology to run that kind of game on a Mega Drive and created the rendered graphic style and so on,” he recalls.[2].
  3. ^ Sonic 3D Beta website
  4. ^ Quote from Jeff Gerstmann: The music is great and the graphics are colorful[3]

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Sonic 3D Blast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1386 words)
Sonic 3D Blast (aka Sonic 3D, Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island, or Sonic 3D Blast: Flickies' Island) is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
In addition to the original Genesis version, Sonic 3D was also ported to the Sega Saturn, and released in North America to make up for the cancellation of Sonic X-treme (which had been intended as the Saturn's killer game for the 1996 holiday season); the game was literally ported in seven weeks.
There have been many fake pirated versions of the game such as Sonic 3D Blast 5, which was in fact not 3D but actually a NES port of Sonic 1.
Sonic 3D Blast for PC Review - PC Sonic 3D Blast Review (652 words)
Sonic, our spiky-haired azure friend, won't stand for this, so he sets off for the mysterious Flicky Island to save his cuddly feathered pals, and steal back the Chaos Emeralds, the source of Robotnik's power.
In fact, the only instance where Sonic 3D Blast becomes halfway impressive is during the bonus rounds, which are fast-paced, ring-collecting runs through a 3D half-pipe.
Though Sonic 3D Blast was designed to be the Sega Genesis's last hurrah, PC owners will find it an inherently underwhelming experience.
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