Special Stages (Sonic Advance Trilogy)

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Special Stages (Sonic Advance Trilogy)
Well, those stages will make you see red in advance.
Type: Level
Appearance: Sonic Advance trilogy
Franchise: Sonic the Hedgehog

The Sonic Advance trilogy has Special Stages, like may other Sonic games. This trilogy's Special Stages are infamous, mainly because of the way you access them (all three Sonic Advance games, especially Sonic Advance 2) and the insane difficulty (Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 3).

Why These Special Stages Suck

All Three Games

  1. They all have ridiculous methods of accessing them.
  2. Unlike Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles, you don't get the ability to play as Super Sonic outside of the final boss encounter.

Sonic Advance

  1. You have to find a Special Spring hidden in certain acts (Neo Green Hill Act 1 for the red emerald, Secret Base Act 2 for the blue emerald, Casino Paradise Act 1 for the yellow emerald, Ice Mountain Acts 1 and 2 for the green and white emeralds respectively, Angel Island Zone act 2 for the cyan emerald, and Cosmic Angel Zone Act 2 for the purple emerald), which is tedious and can be frustrating.
  2. The depth perception in these stages is horrible, making it hard to tell whether you have collected Rings or not.
  3. If you fail the Special Stages, you have to die, restart the stage, and look for the Special Spring again.

Sonic Advance 2

  1. You have to collect seven Special Rings and complete the stage without dying in order to access this game's Special Stages. This is one of the most painstaking ways of accessing the Special Stages, as you can easily miss most of these Special Rings, so you'll probably need a strategy guide to find them. Fortunately, the Special Stages themselves aren't that bad.
  2. You need to collect all seven Chaos Emeralds not only as Sonic to unlock True Area 53, but also all the other characters to unlock Tiny Chao Garden, Sound Test, and Amy Rose.

Sonic Advance 3

  1. This game's method of accessing the Special Stages is far more tedious than the first game. First, you have to find all ten Chao in each of the seven Zones. However, these Chao can be well hidden. Second, re-enter a level to collect a Special Key and exit that level. Finally, go to the hub world to find a Special Spring that takes you to the Special Stage.
  2. The Special Stages themselves are basically the first game's Special Stages, but they are even worse. You're on the Tornado 2, which takes up a good portion of the screen.
  3. Collecting the Rings is difficult not just because of the perspective, but also the dark graphics. Though the GBA SP was released in 2003, it barely improves the experience.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The music is catchy.
  2. The Special Stages themselves in Sonic Advance 2 aren't that bad.
  3. You only have to complete the Special Stages once in Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 3.