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Encyclopedia > Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic 3D
The Mega Drive release of Flickies' Island. The American Genesis release of Sonic 3D Blast
Developer(s) Traveller's Tales
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s) 1996
Genre(s) Platform
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
Media 32 Mbit cartridge, CD-ROM (1)
Input Control pad, joystick, keyboard
Sonic 3D's North American title screen
Sonic 3D's North American title screen
This article is about the Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis/Sega Saturn/PC game. For the similarly titled Game Gear game, see Sonic Blast.

Sonic 3D Blast: Flickies' Island (originally titled Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island in Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and retitled Sonic 3D Blast in North America) is an isometric platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was developed in the UK by Traveller's Tales, rather than Sonic Team or STI, and published by Sega. Flickies' Island was originally released in Europe for the Sega Mega Drive in November 1996 and released in North America later that month, under the new name "Sonic 3D Blast". 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 computer or video games. ... Travellers Tales logo designed by Rodney Matthews. ... 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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. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ...

Contents

Release

In addition to the original Mega Drive version, Sonic 3D was also ported to the Sega Saturn in North America 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. 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, Red Book audio soundtrack composed by Richard Jacques (who later produced the Sonic R soundtrack). A European release followed in February, 1997. The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... Sonic X-treme is an unreleased platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. ... 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. ... Screenshot of an FMV from Final Fantasy VIII. Full motion video, usually abbreviated as FMV, is a popular term for TV-quality movie or animation in a video game. ... Computer graphics is a sub-field of computer science and is concerned with digitally synthesizing and manipulating visual content. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The CDDA trademark Red Book is the standard for audio CDs (Compact Disc Digital Audio system, or CDDA). ... 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 and PlayStation 2 in Sonic Gems Collection. ...


In September, 1997 the Saturn version of the game was ported to PC in 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 PC port came to Europe on September 25, 1997. 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. ... 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 image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene. ... September 25 is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


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. Television encoding systems by nation PAL, short for Phase Alternating Line, is a colour encoding system used in broadcast television systems in large parts of the world. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ...


The original title was used for the Japanese Saturn version, and 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 favouring one name over the other.


In October 2006, a 95 percent complete prototype was acquired and dumped for Internet distribution.


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 officially known in Europe as Sonic 3, is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series for the Mega Drive/Genesis. ... 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 Mega Drive/Sega Genesis in 1994. ... The Game Over screen from the arcade game Snow Bros. ... Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, or just Sonic Pocket Adventure is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. ... The CDDA trademark 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 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 female 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. ...


The Chaos Emeralds seen in the Mega Drive version are cube-shaped, instead of the usual diamond design. Strangely, in Sonic Rush there is a set of jewels called the Sol Emeralds, which are also cube shaped. Sonic Rush (ソニック ラッシュ)is a Sonic the Hedgehog game for the Nintendo DS. It was developed by Dimps, and published by Sega. ...


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.

Zones

Green Grove Zone

A basic first level of a Sonic game, with no tricky traps. Grass, trees, mountains, the usual. There are mines that explode if the player moves too close.


Robotnik throws a spike ball around and only lowers to pick it up.


The music of this Zone appears in Windy Valley from Sonic Adventure


Rusty Ruin Zone

An ancient city that had risen from the ocean. There are spikes swinging on chains and flamethrowers in the walls.


Robotnik controls a statue which has a cannon on its belly and can be hit by climbing up on the hands.


Spring Stadium Zone

There are many bumpers in this level. Spikes pop out of the ground in some parts, but there are balloons that can be used to bounce over them.


Robotnik can be defeated by running from him until it comes down and starts thumping it's spiky arms on the ground, then attacking it, or using a spring to go up to a higher level before attacking him from above.


Diamond Dust Zone

An icy level with steep hills and slippery patches of ice. If the player is frozen, they can press the jump button to break the ice. There are also holes in the ground used to warp between areas and icicles that are destroyed by spinning into them.


Robotnik tries to freeze the player and attacks with exploding snowmen.


Volcano Valley Zone

A difficult volcano level. There are special shields that protect against lava and fiery traps, but there are spikes scattered everywhere. Sometimes pipes are hidden under breakable rocks, leading you to a life or a shield. There is also a new type of Flicky that appears only in this level.


Robotnik is part of a big 'boiler' and shoots out fire that chases the player. It can be defeated by climbing on a pipe and hitting its head, while avoiding the steam that's shooting out.


Gene Gadget Zone

Pipes and fans are the main way to travel here. Electric floors zap the player when they are stepped on. The second act has a difficult part that takes place on a steep slope.


Robotnik fights over a conveyer belt with spikes placed in certain spots.


Panic Puppet Zone

The Flickies in this zone are not found in robots, but instead inside small containers. The zone's only killable robots resemble spiders with cannons on all four sides. Act 2 doesn't have any Flickies within it whatsoever. The player's only goal is to reach the end of the level, which is a pipe that is, oddly enough, inside a giant replica of Robotnik's nose. In addition to the spider robots, Act 2 contains small helicopter drones that move erratically.


Robotnik attacks you with a trio of robotic "puppets" (hence the Zone's name) that use a variety of attacks.


The music in Act 1 of this Zone appears later in the Sonic Adventure Zone "Twinkle Park". Sonic Adventure ) is a video game created by Sonic Team and released on December 23, 1998 in Japan by Sega for the Sega Dreamcast. ...


The Final Fight

(Only available after collecting all of the Chaos Emeralds) With only a limited amount of rings, the player must fight five different parts of Robotnik's doomsday weapon, twice each. However, they each use attacks that the player has already encountered, making the fight simpler. It should be noted that this is the second Sonic game after the introduction of Super Sonic where the final battle does not involve Super Sonic, even though this stage can only be achieved by collecting all seven Chaos Emeralds. (The first was Sonic CD, although it involved the Time Stones and not the Chaos Emeralds)


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Sonic 3D Blast - MobyGames (417 words)
While visiting Flicky Island, Sonic notices that the Flckies, his small, feathered friends, were captured and turned into badniks (the robot enemies of Sonic) by Dr. Robotnik in his never ending quest for the Chaos Emeralds, as they live and are able to travel between parallel worlds.
Sonic 3D was the last Sonic title released for the Mega Drive, the only platforming presence of the blue blur in the Sega Saturn and one or the rare presences in Personal Computers.
As usual, when Sonic destroys one badnik, one creature leaps free from it's insides, but this time Sonic has to pick him up and lead them to an interdimensional ring.
Sonic 3D Blast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1452 words)
Sonic 3D Blast: Flickies' Island (originally (and currently) titled Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island in Europe, the UK, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and retitled Sonic 3D Blast in North America) is an isometric platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
In PAL regions the title is Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island, and in NTSC regions the title is Sonic 3D Blast.
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