Sonic Rush Adventure

Posted by staff | Posted in Nintendo DS | Posted on 04-11-2010


  • “Classic Sonic 2D Gameplay with improved action stages. Sonic returns with his signature 2D gameplay presented seamlessly across both screens on the Nintendo DS™. New action-packed gameplay will have gamers
  • A high-speed ocean adventure! Sonic travels from island to island in search of objects and materials to build up to five different ships and battles with wicked pirates both on land and at sea throughout 14 stages.
  • Enhanced touch screen controls. Players will navigate the oceans and perform aerial tricks to avoid treacherous water mines and aim their cannons during ship-to-ship battles by using the stylus and touch screen on the Nintendo DS.
  • Compete with friends via DS Download Play in two battle modes. Two players will face-off in intense dual screen races or collect the most items spread throughout the map in exciting mission battles.

Product Description
Sonic returns to the Nintendo DS™ with all the classic 2D, dual screen action the fans loved in Sonic Rush™, as well as a new high-seas adventure where he clashes with ruthless pirates. As Sonic, players will set off from Windmill Village to explore seven action-packed levels featuring the classic 2D gameplay that the Sonic series is known for. Now players will get to explore the action stages to uncover valuable items and materials which allow Tails to build ne… More >>

Sonic Rush Adventure

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UPDATE: After posting this article, I discovered you CAN in fact jump straight into different levels. It goes to show the importance of reading directions. While this does improve my already positive review of Rush Adventure, the 3D aspects of the game really don’t add enough to the overall experience to up this title to a 5 star.

Sonic Rush brought the fleet footed hedgehog’s side scrolling adventures to the dual screen.

The 2nd installment in the Rush series, thankfully, keeps the good and adds some nice little extras into an already solid platform.

As in the previous Sonic DS title, style plays a big factor in this game. When sliding along rails, or leaping through the air, pressing buttons will allow Sonic and Blaze to strike stylish poses to fill your boost meter. This was tweaked ever so slightly this time around to make it much more fluid.

The level design is also made just a slight more intuitive. In Sonic Rush, the feeling of old school Sonic blazing through the levels was brought back to life in a big way. Rush Adventure pretty much does the exact same thing, just removes a couple of floor spikes, causing the action to flow at top speed pretty much the entire time.

Without a doubt the largest change from Rush to Rush Adventure is the 3D gameplay. To get from level to level, Sonic and friends have to travel via jetski (you will unlock different crafts throughout the game.) Using primarily the stylus, you’ll collect rings and take down enemies on your way to your chosen destination. Honestly, I’ve found that sometimes this is enjoyable and sometimes I want to just skip past it. Still, it doesn’t detract from the game.

The cast of characters is what has become the typical cheesy Sonic fare. The storyline is no different. As the reviewer before me, I sometimes long for the days of old where Sonic would just show up, run around bashing enemies, flip the sign, and move on.

As far as replayability, the main storyline pretty much requires it. You’ll need to go through levels multiple times in order to obtain the parts required to upgrade to better vehicles. Because there are so many ways to race through any given level, it really doesn’t get old. After all, a misplaced jump could either send you flying into a bottomless pit or drop you to some path which you didn’t even know existed.

Adventure is notably easier than its predecessor. Much the same as New Super Mario Brothers, you could quickly find yourself with an overabundance of extra lives.

While Sonic Rush Adventure may not turn into a Nintendo DS classic, it is definitely a solid purchase and worth the price.
Rating: 4 / 5

Picking up where Sonic Rush left off, Sonic Rush Adventure is another blast of the 2-D based, super speed action that reminds us why the Sonic the Hedgehog series was so great in the first place way back when. Along with the traditional side scrolling levels, there have been more 3-D elements added this time around, while the overall look of the game is an intriguing fusion of 2-D sprites and 3-D models. The overall level designs and minor control issues from the first game have been improved upon here, and the Wi-Fi capability, extra mini-games, and side missions make this package all the sweeter. The only real downsides of Sonic Rush Adventure is that like every Sonic game to come out of Sega in the past few years, the characters are quite annoying. The story elements of the game are lame as can be, and will make you long for the simpler times of Sonic’s early days when he let his spin dash do the talking. That aside, Sonic Rush Adventure is a pure blast to be had, and for Sonic fans new and old alike, this game is definitely worth checking out or picking up for your DS.
Rating: 4 / 5

Sonic Rush Adventure is definitely worth the buy, especially if you enjoyed the original Rush. The formula is familiar, bringing back the finest points from its predecessor yet manages to do so without being overly repetitive.

The story is fun and involving, and the dialog is hilarious (if you can get past the ridiculously exaggerated Australian dialect of new character Marine the Raccoon). Naturally the game sees the return of Blaze, central to the story, but the player has a lot more choice when it comes to actually playing as her or not.

The gameplay is reminiscent of the first Rush, with two acts followed by a boss, although the save format is now manual – don’t forget to save on the map screen! The levels are fun and as fast-paced as ever, with all the old tricks as well as some new gimmicks and a splashing of psuedo-3D. Boss battles are innovative, although hardened players may find them too easy to beat. Route-planning and vehicle-based travelling is an interesting additional gimmick, allowing more extensive use of the stylus as you take command of a waterbike, hovercraft, boat and submarine, all with differing control-styles.

The music is catchy and the game’s main theme, A New Venture, has a hook that will keep it in your head for hours. However, it has to be said that the soundtrack is nowhere near as brilliant as the original.

As for overall longevity, Sonic Rush Adventure is incredibly fun and addictive, but it’s not the longest game in the world, and the basic story mode won’t take more than a couple of days to complete for die-hard players. However, there are plenty of side-missions to keep you occupied for a long while after that, and provides plenty of replay value.
Rating: 4 / 5

Much better than the last one. If your a diehard Sonic fan you’ll want to get this game.


-great story


-more challenging

-classic characters

-alot of fun!


-I can’t really think of any!
Rating: 5 / 5

One of the reason why I have switched over to the hand held video gaming versus console gaming is that I can’t play newer versions of classic 2d franchises. Nintendo is constantly keeping old school fresh first on the Gameboy Advance and now on the Nintendo DS. Like the previous Sonic games for the DS and Advance “Rush Adventures” primarily sticks to what makes Sonic fun and that is GOING FAST on spacious and beautifully designed levels all the while keeping it an appropriately challenging. Its every bit as fun and fast as the first Rush as well the way they introduce 3d effects and boss fights into the game is better handled in the second installment. MUST BUY FOR ANY SONIC FAN.

There is a slight RPG element to this game, I suppose to the make the game a little more interesting to kids these days. Though its annoying to sit through it is of little distraction and you can skip through the scenes. This game should not be passed on. I bought one for myself and my niece. She’s 7 and she loves Sonic as well.

I say give us more Sonic and Mario Brother style games Nintendo! I love them.
Rating: 5 / 5

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