Biox / JSH
JP April 28, 1995
ESRB, ELSPA, BBFC: not rated
It was originally released on April 28, 1995 as an exclusive game to the Japanese market. However, Tails' Skypatrol later saw an overseas release as it was included as an unlockable minigame in Nintendo GameCube's Sonic Adventure DX, and was re-released as one of the featured games in GameCube's Sonic Gems Collection. The game is a spin-off follows the adventures of Sonic's trusty sidekick, Miles "Tails" Prower, as he tries to save an island from Witchcart, who claims to be able to turn dissenters into crystals with her magic.
Tails decides to go on his own adventure separate from his friend Sonic, and was flying aimlessly when he stumbled upon a solitary island with a huge steel railroad. He worried that Dr. Eggman was making yet another base, so he checked it out. When he arrived, he sensed vibrations on the railroad, so he jumped into the bushes to hide. To his confusion, an eccentric lady naming herself the great Witchcart rode past him and announced to no one in particular that she owns the island and claimed that dissenters will be turned to crystal. Tails was determined to rescue the animals of the island, so he went to oppose Witchcart and her like-minded minions.
Gameplay EditThe gameplay of Tails' Skypatrol is less in line with the familiar platforming style of the traditional Sonic games. There are no rings or emeralds to be collected, Dr. Robotnik is entirely absent, and Tails is constantly "suspended" in flight mode. Stages are cleared simply by completing each course from left to right. Automatic scroll constantly moves Tails along the level; should he fall, bump into objects or touch the ground, he loses a life.
Across each stage Tails carries a golden ring with him which he can throw as a projectile to defeat enemies or break walls. Using the ring, he will also latch on to any number of devices the player will encounter in each stage, ranging from gymnastics bars to rail-carts.
In order to stay afloat, the player must constantly watch Tails' flight meter, which slowly drops to zero. Scattered across the map are candy bars which Tails can collect to replenish his stamina.
Training Area Edit
Tails starts off his adventure in the "Training Area", a colorful seaside highland without foes. If one manages to complete this introductory stage, Tails flies on to the first genuine level, Rail Canyon.
Robotic Enemies Edit
- Tobikoshi Crow
- Balloon Gun
- Bee Fly
- Bound Head
- Capture Berry
- Tails' Skypatrol at Green Hill Zone - contains info, screenshots and a basic walkthrough.
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