Video Game / Tails Adventure

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Tails Adventure, also known as Tails Adventures, is an action RPG/adventure game in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. It was released for the Sega Game Gear in 1995. It is one of three spinoff games that Tails recieved, the other two being Tails' Skypatrol, which was also on the Game Gear, and Tails and the Music Maker, which was for the Sega Edutainment System, the Sega Pico.

While taking a nap outside his house, Tails is woken by an explosion. Battle Kukku Army has invaded the island in order to find the Chaos Emeralds, and it's up to Tails to stop them.

This title is different from other games in the Sonic series in that the emphasis is on visiting and revisiting different stages in a similar vein to Clash at Demonhead. Also, unlike previous titles, Tails actually reaps benefits from collecting just one Chaos Emerald (an increase in HP and Flight stamina).

The Japanese manual says this game takes place on Cocoa Island before Tails first met Sonic, while the western manual says it takes place after Sonic and Tails' last adventure and Tails is on vacation on Tails Island.

It has a comic book tie-in in Sonic Universe, though it took a few liberties with the plot (such as it is). The Battle Kukku Army, referred to as the Battle Bird Armada, has since taken on a role as one of the major villain groups in Archie's Sonic series.

Tails Adventure features the following tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: This is one of the very few games in the series where both Sonic and Robotnik are completely absent. The backstory for the US game mentions Sonic in passing, but the Japanese backstory justifies this due to the game being a prequel that takes place before Tails met Sonic. There is an item in the game called Sonic with his face on it, and it lets do you a spin-dash like move, but that's it.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Tails.
  • Adaptational Wimp: To fit in with the slower paced action RPG gameplay, Tails' default flight ability and speed are extremely nerfed compared to how he plays in the standard Sonic games. While the Chaos Emeralds considerably beef up his flight, even the Sonic item doesn't make him move as fast.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Knuckles item.
  • Bungling Inventor: Tails is shown in this light in the closing credits.
  • Busman's Holiday: In the western manual's story, this game takes place during Tails' vacation.
  • The Cameo: While Sonic and Knuckles do not appear in person, two items, the Sonic Item and the Knuckles Item, have their faces adorned on them.
  • Cool Boat/Cool Airship: The Sea Fox.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: Issues #16-18 of Archie's Sonic Universe comic.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Used in the Poloy Forest level. The entire forest has been set ablaze, but Tails strolls through without breaking a sweat or running into a lick of the flames. The flamethrower robot at the end of the level is another story.
  • Continuity Snarl: The Japanese backstory says that this game is a prequel set before Tails met Sonic, but the game includes not only an item styled after Sonic, but an item styled after Knuckles as well.
  • Drop the Hammer: The (Pikkon) Hammer item.
  • End Game Results Screen: Post-credits, the game shows you your item collection ratio.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Tails is able to convert the Remote Robot so it changes into a submarine).
  • Gaiden Game: A spinoff that features Tails as the main protagonist.
  • Hitbox Dissonance: Napalm Bombs, hornets, and hornet hives behave strangely together. Napalm Bombs will damage both of these things (including the big one that appears from destroying the hive) as long as they occupy the same vertical space. Even if it the sprite passes well under them, it'll damage them for no apparent reason.
  • Infinite Supplies: Tails never seems to run out of bombs.
  • Kid Hero: Tails.
  • Leitmotif: The title screen music is woven into a couple of other tunes in the game, serving as a somewhat downplayed leitmotif for Tails.
  • Metroidvania
  • Night-Vision Goggles: An item you can get that is required for one level.
  • Oddball in the Series: A Sonic game that not only isn't centered around speed, but is a slow paced Metroidvania with mild RPG elements sandwiched in instead of a linear arcade like platformer. To say the least, it's a drastic change of pace for the series.
  • Prequel: According to the Japanese manual, this game takes place before Tails met Sonic.
  • The Rival: Speedy.
  • Robot Buddy: The Remote Robot.
  • Robot Me: The Remote Robot. Its name is even "Mecha Tails" when playing on a Japanese Game Gear.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Beating the game with only one Chaos Emerald collected.note  This leaves you with only 20 HP and a 6-second flight timernote  to tackle the rather relentless latter half of the game. A total low-item completion run (using only the mandatory equipment) is also possible, to a point - the underwater cannon gauntlet that leads to Kukku Island is so punishing that getting through without the Mirror Armor is almost impossible.
  • Sound Test: The Radio item acts as a portable Sound Test that you can use during gameplay.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In the Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut summary, Cocoa Island and Great Battle Kukku were properly translated, but they were respectively mistranslated as "Kokko Island" and "Great Badoru Kukku" in the Sonic Gems Collection manual. Also, Kukku Island is similarly known as Coco Island when the game is set to English - which may mean that it was supposed to be "Cuckoo".
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Tails uses bombs as his main weapons.
  • This Is a Drill: The Sea Fox's drill bit.
  • Transforming Mecha: In three areas, the Remote Robot can transform into the Sea Fox.
  • Overlord Jr.: Speedy is said to be the son of the leader of the Kukku army.
  • The Unfought: In the Archie comic adaptation, Tails doesn't even meet Grand Battle Kukku XV.
  • Villain of the Week: The Battle Kukku Army, in one of the very rare occasions where Dr. Robotnik is not the villain of a Sonic game and is completely absent from one.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?

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