The excellent Sonic Jump in particular is currently exclusive to the former, but it might be making its way to Google Play shortly. Maybe. See, there’s a Google Play logo on the official Sonic Jump page, but the Android release date has mysteriously been removed. Hmm.
Anyway! What’s the dealio with Sonic Jump? The action plays out from bottom to top, and little Sonic automatically – and constantly – jumps. Using tilt controls, you’re tasked with getting Sonic to the top of each level.
The usual Sonic rules apply in Sonic Jump, so falling onto spikes or enemies when you’re carrying rings is fine. Do so with no rings, however, and you’re a goner.
Sonic Jump’s Story Mode takes place across 36 levels, encompassing Green Hill, Mountain and Jungle Zone, and Doctor Eggman (or “Robotnik”, as you filthy westerners insist on calling him) appears at the end of each zone.
There’s also a Sonic Jump Arcade Mode, in which the goal is simply to climb as high as possible. Again, Doctor Eggman makes an appearance – every 500m or so.
Collecting coins is a key element of Sonic Jump, as they can be used to buy power-ups such as Bounce Back (which allows you to continue if you fall), Bombs, Shields and Magnets among others.
There are also “missions” in Sonic Jump, and completing them allows you to level up and unlock more stuff in the shop. You might have a target number of jumps or double jumps to complete, or baddies to pop, or rings to collect. That kinda thing.
Tails and Knuckles make an appearance, but you’ll have to put in some serious gaming time to unlock them. I completed the Story Mode and got pretty high in Arcade, but I was still miles off.
Of course, you can always pay £14.99 to unlock everything. Ahem.
And that’s Sonic Jump. It’s far from the best thing I’ve played of late, but there’s something oddly addictive about it. I found myself going back and trying to collect all three red star rings in each level, just for the fun of it. That can only be a good sign.
Oh, and it’s half price – 69p – at the moment. What have you got to lose?
- Familiar Sonic sound effects
- 36 levels
- Oddly addictive
- Fairly short Story Mode
- Quite samey
- Tails and Knuckles locked
Summary: Sonic Jump won’t change your life, but there have been far worse games in Sonic’s history. Definitely worth checking out.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Price: currently 69p @ App Store