It would be a crime to cover a weekly RetroNight and ignore gaming’s fastest hedgehog. While the quality of Sonic the Hedgehog titles of the new age is a point of controversy, once upon a time the titles were quite critically acclaimed. Perhaps none of them achieved as great heights as Sonic and Knuckles.
Sonic and Knuckles followed a branching tale of Sonic trying to find the chaos emeralds and defeat the infamous Dr. Eggman, and Knuckles, who is easy to fool and starts pursuing Sonic and Tails due to false info.
The story isn’t the bread and butter of this game, as the real quality comes from the beautifully designed levels that take place of the graphically advanced (for the time) nature of the Sega Genesis.
Knuckles controlled very differently from Sonic, who focused mostly on a spin-dash and fast movement. Knuckles on the other hand, was better for his ability to scale walls and glide through the sky.
The game also offered an interesting array of enemies. The boss battles were creatively designed and took advantage of the thematic nature of the individual zones.
While I wouldn’t call myself a veteran Sonic fan, I’d say this game absolutely captures the core of what the series was supposed to be about. Moving fast may not have been at the forefront, but it was still present. Because of this, the way characters moved became a more important feature than the speed at which they moved.
Sonic and Knuckles is yet another game that belongs in our list of RetroNight specials.