YMMV / Knuckles' Chaotix

  • Anti-Climax Boss: World Entrance Level 2. He may be big and intimidating, but he is just way too easy for a final boss—the only danger in this boss is getting smacked during the second phase, which is still not much of a problem, and otherwise he just floats around and launches attacks that are ridiculously easy to dodge, while you pummel him to pieces by either spin attacking him or throwing your buddy at him.
  • Awesome Art: The game really took advantage of sprite scaling and 3D effects of the 32X, resulting in a Genesis style Sonic game with substantially souped up art. The special stages and one of the bosses are even done using real-time 3D!
  • Awesome Music: It's not exactly a Sonic game, per se, but it delivers on the trend with flying colors.
  • It's Easy, so It Sucks: A big complaint about the game is its lack of any real challenge (bits of Fake Difficulty notwithstanding). Dying just sends you back to the level select, because theres no extra lives. And even thats unlikely, since you have a partner that basically acts as a hit point to go along with the ring and shield power ups, and the level designs are so devoid of enemies and obstacles that you can just breeze through them with reckless abandon. The boss fights, including the final one, are a complete joke, too.
  • Game Breaker: Playing as Charmy turns the game into a complete joke—he can fly anywhere and has no cooldown period for his dash, which makes exploration and rushing through the levels very easy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This would not be the last time where teamwork would be a major part of Sonic gameplay, nor would it be the last game where Metal Sonic (apparently) pulls a One-Winged Angel (not to mention it is vaguely similar looking to his Metal Overlord form)—and to top it off, the Chaotix were brought back for that game!
  • Nightmare Fuel: The final boss is creepy as heck, with his blood-red paint job and vicious looking fangs. Especially in the bad ending, where we get to see him hovering over a burning city.
  • Padding: The game has many levels that rely on Copy And Paste Environments that were clearly thrown in to stretch out the games length to five acts per level (Techno Tower in particular is really bad about this). The level gimmick in Amazing Arena where you have to replay an act all over again if you didn't turn on the lights before reaching the goal is especially egregious.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The tether mechanic makes many platforming sections a pain in the balls. Oh, you landed on that ledge and your partner didn't? Too bad, he'll pull you down and you have to try again.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of the game is that, while cosmetically lush and having potential in it's array of characters and gimmicks, it is let down by bland level design and clunky physics.
  • That One Level:
    • Amazing Arena isn't particularly hard on its own, but it has an irritating gimmick that forces you to search through the level to turn the lights on—and if you don't activate it, the clear goal will say you didn't complete the level, and you have to play it all over again. There's also a miniboss that can be a pain if you don't know the trick to beating him (throw your partner up at him).
    • The last two Special Stages are very irritating, since they introduce some very sloppy level design and nasty Fake Difficulty (such as introducing a very high ledge in the fifth one that you have to do a perfectly timed jump to cross). And it's very hard to grab all the blue spheres without looping around in them, so if you didn't bring enough rings to extend your time, you're in for a world of pain.
  • Unfortunate Name: One of the people who took part of this project is Bill Person.