Sonic & Knuckles (SEGA Genesis)
Sonic & Knuckles is a SEGA Genesis game made in 1994 by SEGA. It was a very advanced game compared to Sonic the Hedgehog 1. It took the Sonic story and added every detail and awesome element possible. They even made the cartridge more advanced than the others.
We now get the first chance on the Genesis to play as Knuckles and Sonic. The story varies slightly for both characters , but it stays about 60% the same. With Sonic , we get Dr. Ivo Robotnik as our bad guy again , but with new and harder bosses. We now have the addition of a “Sub-Boss” : a non-Robotnik boss at the end of the first act of each zone. These are usually pretty easy and instead of taking 8 hits to destroy like Robotnik does , they only take 6.
The bosses are much more difficult than the bosses in past games. Some are really hard to beat without losing rings.
We also see a lot more of Dr. Robotnik . Instead of him just appearing in his ship to attack Sonic , we see a lot of him out of his ship , and a ton more character interaction between Sonic and Robotnik.
When playing as Knuckles , Robotnik’s new creation , “EggRobo” , takes his place as the main enemy. The only time Robotnik seen (while playing as Knuckles) is in the “Flying Battery” zone boss , even though the EggRobo is controlling the laser in the machine above that destroys itself and leads to the boss in that stage. Likely because that boss faces straight , rather than the left or right that most other bosses are , and a new sprite would have to be created for the EggRobo , and one was already made for Robotnik , so they just used it. The difficulty is also much higher with Knuckles.
The Sonic & Knuckles cartridge has a port on top so you can put Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 , or 3 on top of it and , if you use Sonic 2 , you can play as Knuckles in Sonic 2 , but if you use Sonic 3 you can play through that game and continue on into this one (Sonic & Knuckles is basically a continuation in the game of Sonic the Hedgehog 3). Using Sonic 1 lets you play the Blue Sphere Levels , while any other cartridge lets you access the same Levels but with darker shaded characters on the Start Menu.
The port on top of the cartridge.
The first boss is hidden under the satellite dish , and when you destroy it you can stay over Robotnik and continue hitting him for a while , shortening the battle and sending you to the next level faster. After you get past the satellite dish , just chase Robotnik , avoid the spike balls , and hit him when you get close enough.
On the Sandopolis Zone , the boss has a shield that must be hit to make Robotnik vulnerable . Jump on the hand and when it draws closer to the boss , hit the shield and you can be under Robotnik and hit him more times than if you had to jump on top of him.
LAVA REEF BOSS:
The Lava Reef boss is really hard because of the lava and the “rhythm” of the floating platforms. Also the spiked bombs add difficulty. The boss can only be harmed by the spiked bombs ; Sonic can not hurt him , even in Super or Hyper form. There is a Fire Shield somewhere in-between the last rock platform and the one before it. Though you won’t be invincible , you will be safe from the lava.
SKY SANCTUARY BOSS:
In the Sky Sanctuary boss (the one where Mecha Sonic is using the spinning orb boss from Sonic the Hedgehog 2) he actually stays down low enough for you to hit him after he sends the EggMobile balloon after you. You can also use the “Insta-Shield” attack to hit Mecha Sonic without hitting the spinning orbs.
DEATH EGG SUB-BOSS:
The Death EGG sub-boss uses the same spinning orb type attack as the Metropolis Zone boss , Ice Cap Zone boss, and the Sky Sanctuary boss , but this boss spins the orbs only horizontally , and they explode and send spikes everywhere when you hit the boss. They also go to the ground and expand the circumference of the spinning orbs. Use the “Insta-Shield” attack to hit it without hitting the orbs. After you beat the first stage of it , the spiked platforms can be easily avoided until you hit the boss ; when you hit it , it will spin all the way around the mech , and at high speeds. He will also send a large laser down. Avoid that by running to the end of the screen and crouching down to avoid the spiked platforms also. Hit the boss after he stops attacking.
DEATH EGG BOSS:
This boss is another that can’t be destroyed by Sonic , but by the spiked things he throws at the hedgehog. Get into the gravity teleporter when the spiked turtle-looking things are almost directly under it. If they miss , you can SpinDash onto the upside-down spiked things to send them flying , hopefully into the boss.
KYODAI EGGMAN ROBO (FINAL BOSS):
The bosses fingers can be destroyed by SpinDashing in place and letting the fingers slam on top of you. You can also stand in-between the two hands and SpinDash into either one when it slams down and you will bounce back and forth between the fingers , destroying them. On the second stage , hit the Master Emerald laser 3 times before it fires , and once while it is firing to avoid the giant laser. Continue to do this until the Kyodai Eggman Robo is destroyed. Be careful not to fall out of the boss once it is destroyed. Then Robotnik will try to escape with the Master Emerald. Hit him by Spin Attacking him. But beware the tremendous bounce-back that could send you off of the falling platform , causing you to lose a life and have to restart the boss.
Before you get to the boss , collect as many rings as possible. When you get to the get-away ship , pretty much just fly around in a circle , avoiding the fire-balls and , when you get to the head , leading the missiles into it. Once you get to the second stage , just dash until you get to the Mecha , and dash into it. Also avoid the bombs he launches at you. Once you hit him , he will fly away. Dash more to get to him again. Continue doing this until you defeat the boss.
You can turn into Super Sonic if you have all the Chaos Emeralds. You can turn into Hyper Sonic if you have all the Chaos Emeralds and Super Emeralds. The Super Emeralds can be collected by Special Stages , just like the Chaos Emeralds
If you are playing as Sonic 3 & Knuckles and you have all the Chaos and Super Emeralds , all the Ring Teleporters will not take you to a Special Stage. Instead , they will give you 50 rings , enabling the player to turn into their Hyper form. If you are playing as Sonic the Hedgehog 3 , you can use them to turn into Super Sonic.
That’s the info on the game , GOD BLESS!