Sonic Jump™ Review
- Surprisingly adept at capturing the feel of a Sonic game minus the running.
- Packed with tricks and traps that scale the challenge smoothly.
- Robotnik/Eggman stages provide a novel distraction from the standard gameplay.
- Only three zones that stretch on seemingly forever; makes for a monotonous experience.
Despite reducing Sonic to only jumping, Sonic Jump does almost a better job at feeling like the hedgehog in its hey-day than other iOS releases; if only it didn't bring along the same baggage of similar vertical jumpers too.
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Doodle Jump remains a stalwart casual-gaming superhero for the iOS platform, elegantly combining dead-simple controls unique to the iPhone with an addictive challenge that spurs you on to keep reaching higher. Sonic Jump by SEGA attempts to repackage the whole platforming experience of its bigger platformers in to a basic jumper, and surprisingly, it fits perfectly.
Some may think this sounds odd, especially as the original titles involved jumping, but also a LOT of running too - so how can one take out half the game and retain the same feel to the game? Quite easily, as it turns out, as long as you keep everything else intact and throw in a few power-ups to even the odds.
Sonic will automatically bounce on a platform, moving back and forth with a tilt of the screen and performing a double-jump with another tap. Familiar enemies populate the stages too, however Sonic only 'spins' when jumping upwards, meaning you'll need to hit them from below or face the consequences - notably losing any rings you've collected. Much like the platformer a single ring will keep you from dying from a single hit, but you'll need every ring you can get if you want to purchase and use upgrades or alternative characters.
Thankfully these items aren't available without some amount of effort on the part of the player, with missions needing to be completed to earn more rings and experience to earn the right to buy them. Some backtracking may be required, but for the most-part missions are completed without much effort on the part of the player.
If there's any real complaint to levy at the game it's the lack of variety in the stage designs - while the challenge may change, the environments make the experience feel monotonous. It's hard to shake the deeply ingrained sense of '2-3 Acts then Boss Stage' that comes with most Sonic titles.
In the very least removing the 'endless' element makes for a tighter challenge where players can get used to new concepts without being punished for it. If you enjoy your jumpers and the infamous blue hedgehog, you'll get a kick out of Sonic Jump.
DescriptionJump, spin and smash your way into the sky as you battle Dr. Eggman with Sonic and his friends!
Sonic Jump delivers brand new, arcade style adventures. Tilt and tap your way through Story levels and Arcade infinite modes. Visit new and classic Sonic levels for hours of fun. Challenge your friends across the world to see who can jump the farthest.
PLAY WITH SONIC AND FRIENDS
Play as Sonic or his friends Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Rouge, Silver and Blaze. Master each characters special abilities and attacks!
Jump across the legendary Green Hill Zone or take to new worlds including Mountain, Jungle, Blue Sky & Mechanical Zones.
STORY AND ARCADE MODES
Leap through 48 different levels on a quest to stop the evil Dr. Eggman or Jump until you drop in the infinite Arcade Mode.
FUN CHALLENGES AND QUESTS
You gotta go fast to beat each level and win big. Every level and both game modes have special rewards for completing special missions.
UNLOCK POWERFUL ABILITIES
Collect rings as you play the game, or purchase them in store, to unlock characters, power ups and more.
CHALLENGE THE WORLD
Compete against players across the world to see who can jump highest in Arcade Mode or set epic scores on global leaderboards.
- 4/4 “Whether you grew up with Sonic or not, Sonic Jump is a total blast.” - Slide to Play
- 4/5 “The story mode and missions are the real draw… giving you a never-ending supply of reasons to keep jumping for the top.” - Digital Spy
- 8/10 “Sonic Jump is an enjoyable little gem that took me by surprise.” - App Gamer
- 4/5 “Sega has made Sonic Jump a proper standalone game well worth it for both fans, and non-fans of Sonic the Hedgehog.” - TouchGen
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