Sonic is back racing on iOS in Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II, and now Tails joins the fun. Episode I wasn’t the greatest game, but it did provide the same fast paced Sonic gameplay with updated style for the 21st century. Episode II provides brand new worlds to race through with four acts in each of the four zones. There’s a lot to play through, and the level designs are very intricate whether you’re racing in the ruins, under the sea, in the snow, or on a roller coaster.
Sonic 4 is a cross platform version of Sonic, and it’s nice to see it coming to iOS, although Sega wasn’t fully prepared in the original. Episode II delivers all of the great content, and makes it much better for iOS with sharper graphics, an improved frame rate, and tighter touch controls. There’s still some frame rate slow downs, and the controls don’t offer super tight precision. A lot of precision is needed in Sonic when moving at such high speeds, but you can still fully succeed with the given controls. The game really shines in terms of graphics, and there’s so much more detail in these new zones.
The addition of Tails is great allowing for all new moves available with a single link button. You can help Sonic fly and combine both into a powerful spinning ball which both work at different times in the intricate levels. One drawback is that the pace changes so much that at some points it’s tough to get speed up, and at others it’s tough to trigger a dash move in time. The best you can say about this version of Sonic is that it’s nearly on par with the console marketplace versions. Thankfully all of the same content is provided highlighted by hidden areas, bonus stages, and boss battles that provide plenty of exhilarating challenge.
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II ($6.99, Universal) is a should buy that embodies the essence of Sonic, and delivers it in a great iOS package.