• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 7, 2013
Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Mar 9, 2013
    100
    By combining the breakneck endless pace of games like Temple Run with Sonic’s old school sense of speed, Sonic Dash manages to champion two things quite well; taking an existing formula and bettering it, and developing a Sonic game that’s finally worthy of the hedgehog’s good name.
  2. Mar 7, 2013
    90
    To be fair, the power-ups (magnet to attract rings, head starts) are quite lazy, considering most running games use similar items. That said, Sonic Dash is a quality experience that no hardcore Sega fan should miss.
  3. May 9, 2013
    80
    Will have even the most cynical of Sonic bashers gurning with nostalgia. [June 2013, p.85]
  4. Mar 13, 2013
    80
    Sonic Dash is a quick automatic runner that harnesses the essence of the franchise in a great way. Perfect for both a five-minute break, and a lazy evening in the sofa.
  5. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    It's a bit pricey for an endless runner, especially considering that there is only one environment to run through, and it's mostly interchangeable with just about any other Temple Run clone out there, but this is also the best Sonic has played on a smartphone yet.
  6. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    Sonic Dash doesn't seek to innovate in the auto-runner genre, and for that alone it's disappointing, but if you scratch beneath the surface you'll find a game willing to throw a significant challenge your way.
  7. Mar 11, 2013
    78
    It's hard, eventually hard and well designed. There's nothing outstanding, but everything is correct. However, we don't really understand why it's so focused on in-app purchases when we have already paid for it.
  8. Mar 8, 2013
    75
    Sonic Dash isn’t a bad game as an endless runner, but Sonic fans might notice that the game has a certain lack of depth and variety when compared with his more traditional fare, or even other iOS games such as his own Sonic Jump or fellow mascot runner Rayman Jungle Run.
  9. Apr 13, 2013
    70
    With more zones and less weighty in-app-purchases by way of an update, Dash could be one of the more enticing endless runners on the market. As it stands, you might find yourself picking this up, and running right past it after a fleeting sense of enjoyment.
  10. Apr 5, 2013
    70
    Sonic Dash is free right now, so give it a try. Whether or not you'll want to pay more into the game for a coin doubler or currency packs requires almost as little consideration: if you like endless runners, you'll like this one, too.
  11. Mar 25, 2013
    70
    A very nice game which is not so original, but still offers a nice variation to Temple Run. It looks and feels familiar and doesn't contain a pay-to-win formula.
  12. Mar 13, 2013
    70
    The Endless Runner-genre makes perfect sense combined with Sonic. It’s running and jumping without too much mush, with some funny and logical references to the Sonic-world. Despite is being a somewhat lazy game that isn’t special in any regard, it doesn’t do anything wrong. It’s exactly like Temple Run, but with a different look. We still prefer Temple Run though, mainly because it’s free.
  13. Mar 12, 2013
    70
    Sonic Dash is certainly a looker and it can move like lightning on the right hardware, but IAPs do hurt the experience a little for a paid app. Still, it can sit proudly as one of the top Endless Runners on the App Store, none-the-less.
  14. Mar 7, 2013
    70
    A perfectly playable endless runner, Sonic Dash is entertaining enough, but highlights how far the series has come since its glory days.
  15. Mar 7, 2013
    70
    Playing it safe, Sonic Dash is a fun if unremarkable Endless Runner that owes much of its gameplay to other games within the genre.
  16. Mar 17, 2013
    68
    Sonic Dash is a decent endless run, with some good graphics and accurate controls, but it doesn't add anything new to the genre.
  17. Mar 19, 2013
    61
    The game plays it too safe – there is nothing here that hasn’t been done before. This combined with its pay-to-win leaderboard environment makes Sonic Dash an unexceptional experience.
  18. May 9, 2013
    60
    Finally, a Sonic game that's actually about running really fast! [June 2013, p.85]
  19. Mar 23, 2013
    60
    Sonic has always been an endless runner of sorts, and Sonic Dash fits perfectly in that picture. Thanks to the simple controls, running through the colorful environments is a joy. Sadly it is lacking in the amount of these environments and extra characters don’t really add anything. Aside from that, the game seems to push you towards in-app purchases a lot, which acts like a big stormy cloud above its joyful core.
  20. 60
    Sonic Dash takes the tried and tested formula of Temple Run and adds a solid control scheme that doesn't involve tilting your device. But with close to a gazillion endless runners on the market it fails to impress. It is an enjoyable take on the genre, and has great graphics, but we have seen it all before. Buy it if you absolutely love Sonic, but do not expect anything new to the formula.
  21. Mar 12, 2013
    60
    Problems with the controls and really greedy micro transactions prevent Sonic Dash from reaching it's full potential. Somewhat of a waste since it has many really good ideas.
  22. Mar 12, 2013
    60
    Sega seems to find it hard enough to make a decent Sonic game these days, and then it goes and publishes something like Sonic Dash - which with a little more polish could be great, but is instead rushed and spoiled by greed.
  23. 60
    For once Sonic gets a spin-off that’s well suited to his talents, but this is an uninspired homage to his glory days – with little new to offer him or endless runners.
  24. Mar 7, 2013
    60
    If you just haven’t had enough endless runners, Sonic Dash ($1.99, Universal) is a high quality addition to consider, but it truly feels like another also ran. It’s fun, but too familiar for its own good, and we expect more from Sega than just a Sonic version of Subway Surfers or Agent Dash.
  25. Mar 12, 2013
    50
    Gorgeous and silky smooth it may be, but the level design feels like it was made with in-app Continue purchases specifically in mind, hiding enemies cruelly – and punishingly – behind obstacles, preventing the game from flowing and dazzling as it clearly has the potential to. Accomplished and beautiful, then, but Sonic Dash shows that, for Sega, learning from the competition comes at a price – one it’s passed onto its fans.
  26. Mar 12, 2013
    40
    Sonic the Hedgehog seems like a perfect fit for an endless runner, but Sonic Dash fumbles the fundamentals and aggravates with heavy-handed in-app purchases.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 7, 2013
    5
    Pretty decent game, but running into random objects that come out of nowhere ruin the experience a bit for me. It's definitely a bit better than Temple Run, but I still think subway surfers has it beat. Full Review »
  2. Oct 19, 2014
    8
    Simply put a fun and addictive phone game best suited for Sonic fans. Its like Temple run with sonic. Which is definitely awesome. All in all a good game. Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2014
    9
    A new beautiful sonic game but this time on the iOS system , the game is free , so i strongly recommend you to download it from the App store , but beware from addicting on this game . Full Review »