I have a fairly significant soft spot for Sonic, having been raised on the Sega Master System, Mega Drive and Dreamcast (pretty sure I've got a Game Gear in a drawer somewhere, too). I’m also pretty fond of endless runners like Temple Run 2.
As such, you’ll forgive me for having wet my pants when I first learned of Sonic Dash, which is – you guessed it – an endless runner starring Sonic the Hedgehog. But was it worth the embarrassment of peeing my pants in public?
Sonic Dash follows firmly in the footsteps of all previous endless runners. The formula is pretty well established now, and Sega’s effort – somewhat disappointingly – doesn’t deviate.
Controlling the eponymous hedgehog, the aim in Sonic Dash is simply to survive for as long as possible, collecting rings as you go.
In typical Sonic fashion, having rings in your possession means you can absorb a hit; colliding with a baddie while ringless means Game Over.
Rings can be banked mid-level, and – via the shop – you can invest in both one-off power-ups and permanent enhancements for the likes of the dash and the obligatory magnet.
Speaking of the dash, its meter fills as you collect rings, and once full, you can blast off at full speed with handy invincibility. Again, not entirely original, but it does look pretty great in Sonic Dash.
Indeed, that seems to be the story with Sonic Dash on the whole. It really doesn’t add anything new to the endless runner genre, but easily pips its peers in the looks department.
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.
In total, Tails, Knuckles and Amy will set you back 135 red star rings, but you can buy a bundle of 150 for just (ahem) £10.49. Considering the game costs £1.49, that’ll undoubtedly irk a lot of fans.
Actually, Sonic Dash is pretty heavy in its sales pitch, constantly offering costly bundles as a way to increase your score. There’s the Ballistic Bundle at £19.99 and the Ultimate Bundle at a whopping £34.99. Sweet Moses.
Still, there’s no obligation to buy anything you don’t want to, and you can happily run endlessly to your heart’s content without producing your wallet (er, beyond the initial entry fee).
- Familiar Sonic sound effects and stuff
- Time melts away
- Looks pretty sexy
- Tails, Knuckles and Amy are firmly locked
- Abundant sales pitches, despite the £1.49 entry fee
- Quite samey after a bit
Summary: Sonic Dash is a seriously good-looking endless runner. Not hugely original, but what is these days?
Price: £1.49 @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.