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Sonic Jam (Game.com)

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Fast Facts on Sonic Jam (Game.com)
Publisher: Tiger
Developer: Sega
System(s): Game.com
Game Total: 3
Genre: Compilation
Released in US: January 1, 1998

Sonic Jam is a pseudo-compilation of the 3 popular Mega Drive Sonic games; Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Sonic & Knuckles. It was released on the short-lived Tiger Game.com exclusively in North America. Though the game shares the same name as the Sega Saturn Sonic Jam, the content is entirely different.

Sonic Jam for the Game.com does not contain entire games, just levels which are loosely based on the Mega Drive classics. There are three selectable characters; Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, all of whom retain their moves from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 with the exception of Knuckles, who cannot glide or use his glide or wall climbing ability. No powerups introduced in Sonic 3 are available, however the method of entering Special Stages are similar to that of Sonic 3.

As of 2011 the game has still yet to be successfully emulated for play outside of a Game.com handheld.

Contents

Story

(Taken from the manual)


Oh no, the evil Dr. Robotnik is back and meaner than ever! Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles need to use all their speed and skill to keep the world a safe place and defend the Floating Island.

Selectable Games

Games are selectable on the main menu. After selecting a game, a character select screen appears next.

Sonic 2

All the levels use the graphics of Emerald Hill Zone. There are three regular enemies and three bosses. The bosses used are Water Eggman from Chemical Plant Zone, Tonkachi Eggman from Aquatic Ruin Zone, and Drill Eggman from Emerald Hill Zone. Surprisingly, the last boss in this game is the first boss of the 16-bit version.

Sonic 3

All the levels use the graphics of Angel Island Zone. There are three regular enemies, one reused from Sonic 2, and two bosses. The bosses used are Angel Island Zone Sub-boss and Angel Island Zone Boss, both of which are from Angel Island Zone.

Sonic & Knuckles

All the levels use the graphics of Mushroom Hill Zone. There are three regular enemies and three bosses. The bosses used are Mushroom Hill Zone Sub-boss and Mushroom Hill Zone Boss from Mushroom Hill Zone and also Flying Battery Zone Sub-boss.

Manuals

Game Development

Images and info about the game during its development phase can be found here.

Cheats

  • Extra Life - Pause the game and press A, A, A, D, D.
  • Invincibility - Pause the game and press A, B, C, A.

Trivia

In the Game.Com launch commercial, the footage of Sonic Jam is sped up as the actual game runs much slower.

Resources

Screen Shots

Physical Scans

Game.com, US
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Cover
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Cart


Sonic games for other consoles
Sonic Jam (1998) | Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure (1999) | SonicN (2003) | Sonic X (2007) | Sonic the Hedgehog (Didj game) (2008)
Pre-release Sonic games for other consoles
Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure: Trial