Gameplay: 7 / 10
Graphics: 7 / 10
Replay Value: 6 / 10
Sound and Music: 7 / 10
The world famous blue hedgehog, Sonic, dashes his way onto iOS devices in this endless runner platform game developed by SEGA’s Hardlight Studio.
Fans get to play as Sonic as they dash, spin and jump their way through stunning 3D environments collecting rings and avoiding obstacles and enemies. You can also unlock various characters from the Sonic World such as Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Shadow. These characters can also be purchased using red star rings which are available through the in-app store purchase.
In the game Sonic automatically moves forward at all times as you get to control him using swipe based motions. Swiping left or right moves the character along three lanes as you try to avoid obstacles and collect rings. Swiping up allows you to jump over obstacles and swiping down sends Sonic in a spin dash destroying enemies. Tapping the dash metre once powered up sends Sonic in a dash frenzy as he becomes invincible reaching insane speeds and destroying everything in his path. Playing on the iPhone I found the swipe controls to be responsive and very accurate.
The negative aspect of the game is that it depends heavily on in-app store purchases to help you run further. You can purchase normal rings or special red star rings which can be used to buy further content for the game such as additional characters, boosters and revives which come in handy if you want to continue your run from the point of where you last perished.
Sonic Dash is currently available for free download from the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.