Sonic Dash lets you play as your favourite hedgehog in an endless runner that feels very much like a Sonic game with boss battles, all your favourite characters and crazy track loops.
Sonic Dash gets all the fundamental elements of the genre down quite well with good responsive controls, enjoyable graphics and a good amount of variety in terms of track. Players originally control Sonic but can eventually unlock various other characters from the franchise including Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Shadow, Cream, Rogue and Blaze. Unfortunately these characters all required red star rings to unlock (the paid currency of Sonic Dash) which means you’ll either have to invest some money into the game or grind out the game significantly.
The game uses a traditional three lane approach with players swiping their finger to move between lanes, jump and roll under objects. Sonic Dash features quite a few enemies along the way as well which can either be avoided, jumped over or killed with by a rolling manoeuvre. Of course as a Sonic game you’ll be collecting golden rings as you zoom around the randomised game tracks which can be spent on various upgrades and boosts. Rings will be dropped if you hit an enemy and if you have zero rings on you then it will result in a game over.
To ensure you’ll earn some rings for each game that you play Sonic Dash lets you bank your rings every time you encounter a spring board which will propel you onto a fresh game track and potentially change the setting.
Power ups are few and fair between in Sonic Dash and encountering them is quite a rarity when compared to other games. There also isn’t much variety here with only a shield to protect you and a magnet to make collecting coins easier available. Players do also have a dash skill at their disposal though which fills up over time and allows you to charge through everything. All of these power-ups can be upgraded with regular coins to improve their efficiency and is vital to making any progress as they are all quite weak in the un-upgraded form.
The only real form of longevity in Sonic Dash comes from the leaderboard system where you’ll fight for better scores than your friends. With this element relying heavily on one time boosts to increase your score multiplier though it feels a bit hollow and less about how good your endless running skills are and more about how committed you are to grinding items or willing to open up your wallet.
Sonic Dash does well to capture the Sonic experience in an endless runner and will prove to be a real treat for fans of the long running franchise. The excessive ads, small number of power-ups and poorly designed score system does mean it won’t be a permanent fixture on your home screen though.
- Play as Sonic and all your favourite characters.
- Swipe, jump and roll to long distance records.
- Upgrade your power-ups and purchase once off boosts.
- Activate the powerful dash mode to blitz through everything in your path.
- Free for iOS and Android.
Review Platform: iOS