Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Review
- Broad mix of properties; doesn't rely heavily on the Sonic universe.
- Clever adaptions of each game for unique tracks.
- Intuitive controls; easy to pick up and customize.
- Local and online multiplayer.
- Battle mode teased, but not featured in singleplayer.
- Doesn't deviate from the beaten path; mostly for genre fans or newcomers to the style of racing.
Whether you're scraping by in your banana in a spooky mansion or throwing your motorbike around a Mexican musical wonderland, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars approaches 'whacky' from a different angle and succeeds in this fun kart racer.
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"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" - Trite as the adage may be, kart-racers found their balance of fun, skill and challenge some time ago, so it's no wonder recent releases have had more than a few things in common. Despite this the iOS has been sorely lacking in strong contenders for the genre, that is until now. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing packs in everything you'd expect to see in a kart-racer while managing to make the clashing worlds work in its favor.
It's hard to imagine having characters like Ryo from Shenmue, Beat from Jet Set Radio and Chuih from Chu-Chu Rocket all in one spot racing against each other, but All-Stars Racing pulls it off nicely by not calling too much attention to this disparity. Each character features a unique 'kart' with the usual variations in handling, speed, and so on along with their own themed stage set to music and effects from their respective games.
Whether you steer with tilt or swipe controls, handling your kart is a snap; sensitivity options also provide a handy way to test changes without jumping in to a level. While braking is available you'll be spending most of your time jabbing the 'drift' button to power up a boost, speeding your way out of corners while picking up the occasional power-up to knock out anyone unfortunate to get in your way.
Other than the usual Grand Prix mode, players can test their skills in the Mission mode; test their speed in the Time Trials; or boot up a multiplayer match to either race or Battle directly with friends locally or online. This gives you ample opportunity to show off unlocked racers purchased via points earned by playing each of the different modes.
As kart-racers go, it doesn't break out of the mold, but Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing does set a solid standard for future games in the genre. If you spent any time enjoying games like Mario Kart, check this title out.
DescriptionSonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is the #1 Racing Game for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches in 101 countries around the world!
Play as your favorite SEGA characters in an adrenaline-fueled race to the finish line!
WHAT THE PRESS ARE SAYIN'
Touch Arcade -- “Seriously, if you like Kart racers, just go download it.”
10/10 Pocket Gamer -- “Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is without equal.”
5/5 Slide to Play -- “…simply blows away any other iOS kart racer.”
5/5 Tap! -- “Without a doubt, the finest kart racer on iOS, and also one of our favourite iOS games in any genre.”
4.5/5 148 Apps -- “The game does just about everything right.”
4.5/5 TouchGen -- “Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing provides the best kart racing experience on the App Store”
The world’s fastest hedgehog, Sonic, and the SEGA All-Stars are zooming on to your iPhone and iPad for the ultimate party racing showdown. Race as your favorite character across 16 white-knuckle courses in a frantic race to the finish line.
Stay ahead of the pack by dodging traps, firing missiles and, if all else fails, wreaking havoc with your All-Star moves! Whether racing on your own, or battling it out with friends, anything can happen in this crazy competition where winning is only part of the fun!
MEET THE ALL-STARS
Race to the finish as one of 12 iconic SEGA characters and take to the track by car, monster truck, bike, plane and even a banana! Each vehicle has unique handling characteristics, and each character’s All-Star move will speed you to victory!
START YOUR ENGINES
Rev up your skills with 25 missions then outrun the competition in three Grand Prix Cups. Not satisfied yet? Hand out a glove slap and demand satisfaction in the dueling Battle Mode!
TWO'S COMPANY, BUT FOUR'S A PARTY
Challenge a friend over local Bluetooth or go head to head with up to four players online. Party like the All-Star that you are!
HEY MA, I’M ON TV
Now you can play Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing on your TV with the Digital AV Adapter from Apple or an Apple TV. Supports iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and newer devices.
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