I want Knuckles! A quick rant about Sonic Dash

I want Knuckles! A quick rant about Sonic DashLooking back over the many iOS games I’ve played this year, Sega’s Sonic Dash is easily the one I’ve spent the most time with. But for all the wrong reasons. Well, kinda.

See, after the initial seven hours or so I invested in order to pen my award-winning review (Best review of Sonic Dash by a Mobot staff member), I invested a further seven hours or so in order to prove a point - and subsequently write this here rant. Time well spent, me. Time well spent.

I want Knuckles! A quick rant about Sonic DashIn my review, I moaned: “Worth mentioning that Sonic Dash has Tails, Knuckles and Amy available as unlockable characters. And, needless to say, it’ll take forever to save up and buy them.”

Well, as my incredibly thorough investigative journalism (ahem) has revealed, no amount of saving will buy you Tails or Knuckles. Baby, I feel a Pulitzer prize coming on.

See, Amy, Tails and Knuckles weigh in at 30, 45 and 60 red star rings respectively, red star rings being Sonic Dash’s secondary currency – in addition to plain (g)old rings.

Plain rings can be used to upgrade various elements, and are scattered throughout the game, so it’s really just a case of putting in the time. That’s par for the course with smartphone games, and while it does take ages to max out your stats, you can pay real money to hurry things along. Nothing new there.

Nah, red star rings are the real crime. The only way to earn them is to level up, which entails completing three Sonic Dash missions. That mightn’t sound particularly terrible, but some of the missions are unbelievably difficult, one of the worst culprits being ‘Lose your rings 20 times in one run’. Gah!

Again, one might argue that it’s simply a case of putting in the time, which is fair enough, but Sonic Dash cheekily offers the option to skip missions by handing over – you guessed it – red star rings.

Doing so makes little to no sense, as you’d effectively be paying – say – eight red star rings in order to skip one mission and ultimately earn three. Did I mention you earn three each time you level up? No I did not.

Anyway! Even if you’re wise enough to hold onto your red star rings (which I admittedly wasn’t the first time I played through, hence playthrough numero deux), there are only 10 sets of missions.

Yep, 10 sets of missions multiplied by three star rings = 30 red star rings in total. THIRTY. Shock to tha mother fugging horror, boyee.

I want Knuckles! A quick rant about Sonic DashThat means you can afford Amy if you complete all the missions and you don’t spend the red star rings on anything else (which Sonic Dash constantly coaxes you into doing).

Tails and Knuckles, on the other hand, are beyond Sonic Dash’s 10-mission budget, meaning you have to buy red star rings. Price? How does £4.99 for a pack of 65 rings grab you? That’s effectively £9.98 to unlock Tails and Knuckles. A tenner!

At this point, it’s worth noting that people will inevitably pay for Tails and Knuckles (pretty sure I saw a guy on the train playing as Tails), and as such Sega is able to sell the app for the slightly reasonable price of £1.49. Without in-game purchasing, it’d inevitably be more expensive.

It’s also worth mentioning that – as far as I’m aware – Tails and Knuckles are merely skins. They don’t change Sonic Dash’s gameplay at all, and as such you’re a massive idiot if you can’t live without them. Like me.

Conclusion: I am an idiot, but £10 to unlock a couple of skins? You’re having a laugh. As a diehard Sega fan (bring on the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter), I’d expect to be able to unlock my old friends with some good old-fashioned gaming.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to play as Amy. She’s like Sonic, ‘cept pink. Awesome!

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 20, 2013 at 18:36

I have a friend with Asperger's. She has 400 pages of notes about Frisbee Forever 2. I think she could cure you, Lewis.

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 20, 2013 at 21:05

Yes, I'm aware that I have problems. 50+ entries in Catch Notes attests to that :p

And that sounds like a fairly ringing endorsement for Frisbee Forever 2. I'm on it...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 20, 2013 at 21:22

Excellent Game - I'm not into mobile gaming, but Frisbee Forever 2 made me waste quite a bit of time :D

ryangiggs  Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:20

fair play to you Icurdie. IAP characters and unlocks that are sooo far out of reach that they force a purchase always get on my wick

Kakgirl  Apr. 12, 2013 at 00:46

How the heck do you drop the dame rings???

Kyro  Apr. 15, 2013 at 20:05

wow i'm glad i read this article before i wasted anymore time on this **** game. I agree the "Drop rings 20 times in one run" mission is absolute ****!!! God Dammit. I spent so much time on this game. ****. I'm so done. soooo done.

LilacPhoenix  Apr. 21, 2013 at 03:45

Actually, after saving up for Amy, you can still save up for Tails and Knuckles by collecting the puzzle prices and getting your daily bonuses. Quite helpful, really.

hikage  Apr. 23, 2013 at 15:53

I passed all 10 or 11 missions (after which they say new missions coming soon) which left me with some 32 red coins. No way in hell was I gonna unlock Amy. Who the **** is Amy anyway? Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, and...Amy?? Wtf kind of name is that for this game. Anyway yeah after you pass the missions you get to collect 4 puzzle pieces every 24 hours to complete a puzzle, and that gives you a prize. There's a new prize each day for 5 days. One of the prizes is 5 red coins. Another is 10 red coins. That left me with 47 coins out of 60 I needed for Knuckles. Son of a bitch. After day 5 you get a random prize for each puzzle you complete (again, only one every 24 hours). Took me an effin week before this bitch of a jinx'd slot machine gave me the 20 red coins prize. So I finally unlocked Knuckles and............

WTFFFF. Knuckles has no special moves or powers or anything. Damn you, Sega! Damn YOUUUUUUUU

virender  Apr. 29, 2013 at 06:17

i m just geeting 400 ring in after day 5 you get a random prize since last 10 days so its clear they will not give you anything else.. forgot Tails

kinkygamerONxbox  May. 5, 2013 at 18:22

instead of that damn knuckels i might aswell buy a full xbox 360 game! useless character cant even fly!

kaylapantz  Aug. 3, 2013 at 05:19

Am I the only one who logged onto the game one morning and randomly unlocked Shadow? I unlocked Amy with red rings but I didn't do anything to get Shadow. and he's cool, instead of running he's on roller skate looking things

jasmaraz  Oct. 28, 2013 at 03:19

This is a hilarious review, enjoyed reading! Don't know if they've changed up the game since you first posted this, but I wanted to share my experience too. First off, I spend wayyyyyy to much time on this game... so upset at myself, negative amount of control. Secondly, you get free spins every 24 hours and sometimes the jackpot prize on a spin is a new character/skin. Without using red rings to purchase them, I've gotten Tails and Blaze. I enjoy Blaze more because something about Tails (prob. his damn tails) makes me feel slower, haha. Super enjoying the game and the challenges, sad to hear there won't be many more left. I hate spending money on apps, and i've progressed in this game without spending. Yeah and it sucks so hard that these character upgrades have NO benefits, that needs to be adjusted! Too good.

PinewoodPaladin  Jun. 22, 2014 at 11:54

This rant was spot on! I'm over here in Miami, FL and I must admit...this game keeps me awake over night! What started off as endless gameplay has now morphed into a 24 Hour waiting game. I beat all the missions and now I'm just waiting on New Missions and Community Challenges which have no current schedules' (whatsoever!!!) On the Bittersweet Brightside I have Sonic, Tails, Amy, Cream and Shadow...all I'm missing is Knuckles, Silver, Rouge, and Blaze.

PinewoodPaladin  Jun. 22, 2014 at 11:57

Quick Question, does anyone know a sure fire way to always win during "Free Spin" and the "Fifth (5th) Daily Challenge" ??? There must be some kind of pattern or algorithm to this game. #RiddleMeThis

mjgame  Apr. 5, 2015 at 02:54

so far i unlocked amy in foolish hopelessness that it'll take me forever to unlock knuckles. however it seems like every 4 days ill get 5 stars if i finish the daily challenges consecutively. and the challenges are super simple. however i too am really upset that you don't unlock some level with each new character. please change that sega and ill continue to be hooked! please and thanks


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