APP NAME: Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing
RELEASE DATE(S): June 23rd, 2011
Kart racing is one of the most enjoyable styles of games for its fast paced arcade action combined with power-ups which can always change who’s in the lead. Sadly, there haven’t been any good kart racers for iOS, but Sega is looking to change that with Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing. We previewed the game during E3, and now it’s time for the full review. The gameplay is the most important aspect of any game, and Sonic gets many things right.
First off, the hectic nature of kart racing is definitely there as you speed along with plenty of boosts, while continuously dealing with opponents. Every race is a nice challenge, and the tide can be and is turned often during a race with the weapon power-ups. There are boosts on the course, and you can create your own boost by drifting. The drifting mechanics is extremely easy to conduct as you hold the yellow button, and tilt into a curve. On every inch of the track you’re actively dealing with opponents, using power-ups, boosting, or drifting.
The game is absolutely bursting with content to keep you enjoying the high quality gameplay. There is the grand prix mode with three different cups of four races, and there are three unlockable difficulties for each cup. Just the grand prix would offer you plenty to do, but there are also 25 challenges giving you specific goals like collecting coins or driving through rings. You have 10 characters to race as from the Sonic and Sega universe, and the better you do, the quicker you unlock them as well as new tracks.
Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing also includes local and online multiplayer on top of the lengthy single player mode. You can race with up to three friends online connecting via Game Center. There is also an online battle mode where you’re given a small area with all kinds of power-ups, and you try to hit your opponent three times. The online multiplayer makes kart racing that much more enjoyable, and instantly increases the replayability.
Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing (Universal, $4.99) is the best kart racing experience on iOS, and the new standard for any future games to be judged by. The game is fun each time you play it, and there is so much to do from the extensive single player to the great online multiplayer.
Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing is a should buy for $4.99, and is currently only $1.99 for the launch sale, making it a must but at that price. The game is great for those who like kart racing, and is great for pick up and play for any iOS user.