Knuckles Chaotix

Amon

Staff member
2007-09-17 to 2007-09-23; Sega 32X

Knuckles' Chaotix, in Japan called simply Chaotix, is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by the Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Sega 32X. The game was released in North America in March 1995, in Japan on April 21, 1995 and finally in Europe during May 1995. Despite demand from fans, the game's only "re-release" has been through Gametap's PC service.[1] It was originally going to be in Sonic Gems Collection but it was not included for unknown reasons-however, an entire section of the museum area of Gems collection is dedicated to this game. It is the only Sonic-related game to be released for the Sega 32X and its stand out features include its 2D sprite-based graphics and simultaneous two-player gameplay.

North America/Europe

The main story of the game as taken from the western manual:

Tomorrow's the big opening day for Carnival Island, a huge amusement resort with the latest in high-tech rides and games. As guardian of the island, it's Knuckles' job to make sure nothing goes wrong before the grand event.

Unfortunately, the evil Dr. Robotnik has other plans. He needs fuel for his latest diabolical device, and the Power Emerald that supplies electricity to the entire island fits the bill perfectly. His awful new invention, the Combi Confiner, should help him get rid of that annoying echidna and his friends.

When Knuckles returns from patrolling the far end of the island, he discovers that Dr. Robotnik has imprisoned all of his friends- Espio the Chameleon, Mighty the Armadillo, Vector the Crocodile and Charmy Bee. After he chases the Doctor off, Knuckles discovers that he can rescue one friend at a time by using Ring Power... only the power that sparks between the rings holds the two partners together like a magical rubber band. Never held back for long, Knuckles finds that with a little teamwork, he can use the stretching and snapping action of the Ring Power to double- even triple- the partners' speed.

And they need all the speed they can get. As Dr. Robotnik drains the power from Carnival Island, everything on the island begins to break down! Robotnik must be stopped, or by tomorrow morning - the morning of Carnival Island's big opening day - the grand amusement park will lie in ruins!

Japan

The story was revised in the Japanese manual. In it, a mysterious island rose from the sea shortly after the events of Sonic & Knuckles. Dr. Eggman discovered the island, and found a mysterious ring inscribed with descriptions of the Chaos Rings, ancient Rings infused with Chaos Emerald energy. In order to find these Rings, Eggman built his base, the Newtrogic High Zone, on the island. Mighty the Armadillo, Espio the Chameleon, Vector the Crocodile, and Charmy Bee also arrived at the island, and ended up being captured by Eggman and Metal Sonic, and placed in Eggman's Combi Catcher machine. Knuckles, curious about the strange island, goes there as well, and manages to rescue Espio. The two then go on to stop Eggman from getting the Chaos Rings.
 

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RockinB

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Knuckles Chaotix is surely a must have game for every SEGA collector. It sells for high prizes, at least the PAL version.

But it's not much fun playing. Okay, it's very much colored, has got a nice and inspiring new 3D special stage and here and here you notice the use of the 32X additional features. In the end, it lacks opponents. You find yourself travelling through the to-all-directions-repeating stage, again and again. There is not much replay value, I enjoyed playing other Sonic games much more.
 

Amon

Staff member
whoa, rockinb... your alive :p. I do agree with you. I tend to turn it on more these days for the music rather than the gameplay. It was however a nice twist on the classic sonic gameplay.
 

vbt

Staff member
Dind't played it much but I can say it has one of the best style for the Sonic 2D games with Sonic CD. On this point it's raelly far over Sonic Rush that Sega will(or has) release(d) on DS.
 
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