A List of Sonic Games that didn't Star Sonic
Sonic the hedgehog has been the mascot for Sega for many years now and there have been many games made under his namesake. However there have been a few games that have been done based on some of his supporting cast like Tails, Knuckles and Shadow. Like Sonic, these characters have great potential to branch out into full fledged series of there own. That is what this is all about, various Sonic characters that I feel need there own game series but since Sega can't seem to think of anything beyond Sonic it will probably never happen despite they have already a good start. And with that let us have a look at just what kind start these great and distinguished characters have had in the gaming community.
First Strangely Dr Robotnik
It seems kinda odd in the fact that Sonic's enemy was the first one to get a game of his own but in fact although a simple puzzle game Dr Robotnik is the first Sonic supporting character to get a game of his own. Her is the plot.
Dr. Robotnik has hatched a plan to ensure that no fun or music remains on Mobius. To do this, he kidnaps the jolly citizens of Beanville and stuffs them into a giant roboticizing machine called the Mean Bean-Steaming Machine (hence the name, "Mean Bean Machine"), to turn them into devious little robot-slaves. The instruction manual states that the disappearing Beans are sent to the Mean Bean Machine. And so the player sets off on a daring adventure to stop Robotnik (Sonic is never mentioned throughout the game to rescue or help the player). The game ends after a face-off with Robotnik, in which the player frees the Beans.
Play this old classic and more in Sonic Advetnture DX
The next goes to Sonic's first rival Knuckles and although he kinda shared it with the Chaotix, Vector the Crocodile, Espio the Chameleon, Charmy Bee and Mighty the Armadillo. It is still considered a Knuckles game. Here is the story.
The story varies between the Japanese and English releases of the game. In the Japanese manual, a mysterious island rose from the sea shortly after the events of Sonic & Knuckles. Dr. Eggman discovered the island, and found a mysterious ring inscribed with descriptions of the "Chaos Rings", ancient Rings infused with Chaos Emerald energy. Robotnik theorizes that he can not only discover the secret of the Rings, but also summon the Master Emerald. In order to find these rings, Robotnik built his base on the island. Mighty the Armadillo, Espio the Chameleon, Vector the Crocodile, and Charmy Bee also arrived at the island, and ended up being captured by the Doctor and Metal Sonic, and frozen in his machine. Knuckles, curious about the strange island, goes there as well, and manages to rescue Espio. The two then go on to stop Eggman from getting the Chaos Rings.
In the English manual, Knuckles guards Carnival Island, a large high-tech amusement park. Dr. Robotnik goes there to find the Power Emerald that supplies electricity to the whole island so he can use it to fuel his evil devices. Dr. Robotnik traps Vector the Crocodile, Charmy Bee, and Mighty the Armadillo, who were visiting the island, in his Combi Confiner that freezes them in time and is about to do the same to Espio the Chameleon until Knuckles chases him away. Knuckles then discovers that he can rescue one friend at a time using Ring Power, which holds the two partners together like a rubber band. All the characters then work together to save Carnival Island from Robotnik before tomorrow's grand opening.
Though he may not have been the first to have a game of his own Miles "Tails" Prower, did have the most of any supporting character in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise even if they were both hand held games. Well first let's have a look at the plot of Tails Sky Patrol which was not only Tails' first game but also a prequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 2 where Sonic meets Tails for the first time.
While flying his plane, Tails discovers a small island and lands to investigate. While initially appearing to be uninhabited, he eventually comes upon an old woman. She declares herself to be the great Wendy Witchcart, and claims the island and everything on it as her own, threatening to transform any dissidents into crystal. She then heads off with her henchmen, and Tails, determined to stop her, chases after them.
Second Tails Adventure, but before I lay out the plot of the game I should first say that the story differs from western to Japan.
In the Japanese version:
In the southern seas, there exists a tiny island that cannot be found on any map: Cocoa Island, a beautiful little paradise that rests atop a coral reef. It is said that the legendary Chaos Emeralds rest here, and so did the hero of our story, once upon a time before he met his speedy blue idol. The following events take place prior to Tails' first encounter with Sonic:
During a sunny afternoon on Cocoa Island, Tails the Fox is taking a nap just outside his research lab, Tails House. His slumber is interrupted by a huge explosion, and before Tails can say "stop, drop, and roll" the whole place is ablaze. A frantic Flicky reports the bad news to a confused Tails: the imperial Battle Kukku Army has invaded Cocoa Island. The dictator Great Battle Kukku 15th has discovered the Chaos Emeralds on the island, and intends to use them to conquer the entire world. Tails is the only one who can put a stop to the imperial army.
Now in the western Version:
Sonic and Tails are the best of friends, but after their previous adventure the two decide to go separate ways for a while. Tails comes across an island while going solo and decides to spend a holiday there for a while, dubbing the island "Tails Island".
He is resting peacefully when he is awoken by a large explosion. A Flicky reports to Tails that an army of birds has invaded the island.
Finally Shadow the Hedgehog, the most recent and the highest rated Sonic game ever made. And unlike the last ones this had multiple endings going along with Shadow and his ever changing personality has he searches for answers. Her is the plot.
Well actually the plot is kinda hard to describe so lets keep this simple. Shadow was created on board the space colony ark fifty years before the events of Sonic Adventure 2 when he first appeared, but it was during those events of Sonic Adventure 2 that Shadow sacrificed himself so that everyone (including the earth) would make it to see the next day. Then Rouge the Bat found him at an old Eggman base, after freeing him and stopping a fight from breaking out between Shadow and E-123 Omega, it was reveled that Shadow doesn't remember a thing about who or what he is. The game Shadow the Hedgehog takes up from that spot almost and follows Shadow has he tries to uncover just who he is and whether or not he is the original or an android created by Dr Eggman (Dr Robotnik)
Tails and the music maker, was released on the Sega Pico system for children's education. It was later published in Japan by Imagineer on 5 December 1995. The main character is Miles "Tails" Prower, who uses this game to teach children about music. The object of the game is to learn scales, tempo, rhythm and about instruments, and then match the music to the instruments. The player may also create his or her own music. A nice little learning game for the kids.
This is just a simple list of varies Sonic games that didn't stare the blue blure with the exception of Tails and the Music Maker but I have yet to decide if a learning game like that is a true video game. I have not played all of these games except Knuckles Chaotix, that being the case they are all very fun although many of them play very different from how Sonic the Hedgehog games typically do, no that that's a bad thing. Among this list Shadow the Hedgehog was my favorite and I would highly recommend trying it if you still can. Thank you for reading this hub and if you think that I should have counted Tails and the Music Maker then leave me a note and I will get back to you.