• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 7, 2013
  • Also On: PC
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 53
  2. Negative: 8 out of 53
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  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.
  2. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Review of Sonic Dash

    I have been a huge Sonic The Hedgehog fan since day one. From the good old days of the Sega Genesis and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, to the systematic anal rape of Sonic in the ass and the sad thing is, we are all used to Sonic being a used up icon. He for all intended purposes was dead and buried already in most gamer's minds, they could not continue playing Sonic knowing he was wasting away, emaciated by Sonic Team, the very team that made Sonic legendary now destroying everything that was ever or ever has been good about the Sonic franchise. Sonic was on life support friends, hanging as a franchise on the brink of death. he was used up after Sonic Heroes, the last really good Sonic game before the Holocaust and the Dark Years and and cold bitter nights of Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog for the Xbox 360 a game so utterly abysmal, so horrifyingly horrendously underdeveloped and glitch ridden that Sonic was dug his own grave by his own Sonic Team. Recovery to the once legendary status as worldwide Sega Genesis icon seemed utterly implausible, impractical and impossible.

    But good Sonic games still exist my friends, and Sonic Dash for Android

    This Sonic game is what Sega should have done 10 years ago simply put. The control?Flawless. Tap Up and Sonic Jumps, Tap Down Sonic Spin Dash Attacks, Tap to preform special actions and interact with objects around Sonic.

    The final and most important new edition to the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise is the Dash Meter, For the first time in a Sonic game, collecting rings is more than just a means to an end to keep Sonic from death. Every Ring you collect gets Sonic a boost of power. Collect 100 rings for an extra life. And if you get 200 rings and collect all the Chaos Emeralds?

    Touch Super Sonic

    I just sold this for you. Sonic The Hedgehog is back baby.
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  3. sdc
    Apr 5, 2015
    10
    A very nice twist on the Sonic formula, with the endless runner style. Simple, intuitive, how far can YOU run with the world's fastest thing alive? All I can say is that this game could really cut down red-ring prices and needs, or at least make red rings more abundant.
  4. 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 .
  5. 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.
  6. Sep 25, 2015
    2
    Sonic Dash is a classic endless runner. Swipe left and right to change lanes, swipe up to jump, down to spin dash, and tap to attack. The controls are responsive, so no problems here.
    The visuals are okay, as is the music and sounds. You get a selection of the most popular Sonic characters to play as. These can be either purchased with real money or with red rings, the game's premium
    Sonic Dash is a classic endless runner. Swipe left and right to change lanes, swipe up to jump, down to spin dash, and tap to attack. The controls are responsive, so no problems here.
    The visuals are okay, as is the music and sounds. You get a selection of the most popular Sonic characters to play as. These can be either purchased with real money or with red rings, the game's premium currency.
    Sadly, money is all this game is about. Ads are everywhere. They pop up in between runs. You can watch ads to get an extra run after you die. Watch more ads to get an extra spin on the wheel of fortune. It comes across as desperate, and it cheapens the Sonic brand. The game itself is quite boring, too. Soon it just feels like a chore. You log in once a day to grab the free goodies and that's it.
    Even the game levels are designed to make you pay real money. Obstacles are placed in such a manner you often can't see what's coming next. You roll under an obstacle only to fall into a chasm you couldn't see. This forces you to pay the premium red rings (which are purchased with real money) if you wish to continue.
    You can do missions and daily challenges (you collect 4 pieces of a puzzle and get a prize once a day) to earn free red rings. For every 3 completed missions you are given 2 red rings. The missions range from "jump over 20 enemies" to "dash 3 times in a run". They're all very easy to complete and I had no problems whatsoever, until I ran into a mission that required me to complete the daily challenge twice in a row. I did the daily challenge for over two weeks in a row, and the mission never completed. You can skip missions you are unable to complete, but it costs you 10 red rings. You know, the premium currency you pay real money for.

    Sonic Dash is a disgusting money grab and there's nothing genuine about it. Sega proves once again it has zero respect for Sonic fans. Don't let them profit off of you and avoid this game like a plague. If you want a good endless runner game, try Lara Croft: Relic Run instead.
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  7. Dec 14, 2015
    9
    Let's see.

    Graphics: 9/10 Very beatiful graphics for a mobile game, although sometimes the light blue lines in the characters are notable. Sto... ehm, wat? Oh yeah, ain't having a story so, lets talk about Microtransactions! 7/10 Yeah, lets talk about the worst thing in the entire goddamn game. The microtransactions. Altough getting Red Rings is easier than what it was before,
    Let's see.

    Graphics: 9/10

    Very beatiful graphics for a mobile game, although sometimes the light blue lines in the characters are notable.

    Sto... ehm, wat? Oh yeah, ain't having a story so, lets talk about Microtransactions! 7/10

    Yeah, lets talk about the worst thing in the entire goddamn game. The microtransactions. Altough getting
    Red Rings is easier than what it was before, i think before it was so user-hostile it made the game really bad. Despite this, i do think its at least now not as exploited as other games in the market can be.

    Gameplay 10/10

    The best thing in the game. Contains very fluid and responsive controls, has fast levels and is a lot of fun overall. If only the rest of the game was like this...

    OVERALL: Buy it if you don't mind microtransactions. Otherwise, don't even bother.

    FINAL SCORE: 9/10
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  8. Jun 10, 2014
    7
    a very entertaining game at first. it feels like a true sonic game until you keep playing. the game feels more repadative after about 10 minutes of gameplay. the transactions are not worth it but it is good for a free ios game
  9. Oct 21, 2013
    9
    Simplemente me Fascina este juego, pero no por eso no voy a ser Objetivo. A decir verdad me parece un excelente F2P (un Endless Runner para ser mas precisos),sus gráficas son buenas, la nitidez de sus imágenes esta muy bien cuidada y detallada, su música es buena y como plus puedes jugar con varios personas de la franquicia, ademas de que al día de hoy puedes conseguir varios objetos queSimplemente me Fascina este juego, pero no por eso no voy a ser Objetivo. A decir verdad me parece un excelente F2P (un Endless Runner para ser mas precisos),sus gráficas son buenas, la nitidez de sus imágenes esta muy bien cuidada y detallada, su música es buena y como plus puedes jugar con varios personas de la franquicia, ademas de que al día de hoy puedes conseguir varios objetos que hacen del juego una experiencia muy divertida y adictiva como todo F2P debe ser en mi opinión. Tal vez el aspecto mas "débil" seria la jugabilidad ya que a pesar de ser buena casi no varia de personaje en personaje y si no fuera por los cambiantes escenarios creo que el juego se volvería monótono bastante rápido. En conclusión estamos ante un genial F2P desarrollado por un estudio que aspiro con ansias ver que mas pueden darnos en el futuro y espero también poder probar pronto la versión para Android. Expand
  10. Mar 8, 2015
    6
    Windows 8 Phone Version:

    Yet another Sonic racing game, if there wasn’t enough already, but now this time the Windows 8 users get a chance to be the worlds fastest hedgehog in Sonic Dash, will it get set ‘n’ go to be a sure fire winner or will it get fried like an egg …. man? , here is our review Sonic seems to be everywhere, on every console and now it would seem on every mobile
    Windows 8 Phone Version:

    Yet another Sonic racing game, if there wasn’t enough already, but now this time the Windows 8 users get a chance to be the worlds fastest hedgehog in Sonic Dash, will it get set ‘n’ go to be a sure fire winner or will it get fried like an egg …. man? , here is our review

    Sonic seems to be everywhere, on every console and now it would seem on every mobile device and gadget, so if your a fan of the Temple Run series or you just like Sonic the Hedgehog then you have most likely already downloaded this and gave it a go or if you haven’t yet why haven’t you, its a good game and you should give it a ‘Spin’.

    The game itself looks beautiful, with lots of colours and smooth graphic but that’s that goes in the way of being pretty the rest is more annoying than anything on the Windows phone (using a HTC Windows 8s Phone).

    Gameplay

    The idea of the game is to dodge oncoming objects and make it to the goal, so that means jumping over baddies or using your spin attack or just moving from side to side to collect rings, the more rings you collect the more ‘Dash’ you will build to do a speed dash which is kind of like the Sonic Boot from the other Sonic games which gives you a short burst of speed, this will take out the objects in your way so its useful to collect as many rings as you kind.

    Moving from left to right by swiping your finger in the direction on the phone screen to collect the rings / power-ups, by swiping up will make Sonic jump or swipe down will duck under objects or do a roll attack to take out the baddies, sometimes you will need to jump and tap the screen to attack an enemy, there is moments where you are asked to swipe the direction shown on the screen in mid air after a jump to collect extra rings.

    On the Windows Phone (HTC Windows 8s Phone) the game really struggles, which means at times you swipe the screen and Sonic doesn’t respond which means you will lose you rings or lose an life which can be very annoying, the game lags during the jump sky moments where quick time events (QTE) are needed, you swipe the screen and just sit there and Sonic doesn’t do anything, just spend half the time swiping a number of times to move the blue hedgehog.

    Graphic

    Outstanding graphic for a smart phone, with no pop ups and good draw distance with the graphic I cannot fault a thing, bright colours and clear level designs, which keeps Sonic true to the more recent Sonic game levels.

    The character design also is really good as you progress through the game you can unlock other characters, these are Sonic’s friends and foes from over the years which are all every detailed.

    LifeSpan

    Due to the issues outlined above with the gameplay sadly Sonic Dash wont last much longer on my Windows Phone, its a shame but if the phone could handle the game a lot better the lifespan would be prefect, as there is some much that will keep you coming back each and every day to unlock rewards / daily challenges and also collect free rings to purchase powerups or enable you to unlock more characters, like many games if gives you the game for free but to unlock many powerups and items you will need to pay your hard earned cash but I wont be adding my card details anytime soon.

    There is also a number of daily tasks or things which you could do which could earn you more coins/points to unlock extras, sadly the Facebook login / invite friends doesn’t work on the Windows 8s phone, it allows you to login then takes you back to your phones home screen.

    Overall

    With all that said it is a good game, it has been enjoyable but the negative factors out weigh the positive factors but as the game is free I would say to give it at least a go, if you have a more powerful smart touchscreen phone / PC or tablet the game may run a lot better than what it does on the HTC Windows 8s .

    Full Review @ItsMuchMore
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  11. Feb 11, 2014
    7
    It's an endless runner. If you find them boring after awhile, then you can expect to find the same results here. I for one enjoy the way the obstacles are set up in Sonic Dash, really requiring focus and finesse. There are a few spots where it's very tricky, but learning how to evade them becomes relatively satisfying. SEGA is usually pretty good about keeping the action going withIt's an endless runner. If you find them boring after awhile, then you can expect to find the same results here. I for one enjoy the way the obstacles are set up in Sonic Dash, really requiring focus and finesse. There are a few spots where it's very tricky, but learning how to evade them becomes relatively satisfying. SEGA is usually pretty good about keeping the action going with regular global challenges, puzzle piece collection, and other assortments to allow you to gain access to most anything.

    There are boatloads of IAP, and it is frustrating that how aggressive they are, but the global challenge, the prize wheel, and the puzzle collections, in addition to the various missions, should allow you to collect everything without purchasing them.

    Plus the game gives SEGA's various characters at least a little love, and the score enhancers and improvements over the years that this game has been on the app store has made it better, though I wish there was more music, a wider variety of environments and more boss type encounters, but it's an endless runner, I can't expect too much.

    Ultimately, it's Temple Run coated with Sonic. There are some things that are unique to Sonic Dash, but aside from that, if you're sick of Temple Run, don't be surprised that you don't enjoy Sonic Dash.
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  12. Feb 9, 2014
    5
    Fun for a while, but like most of endless running games, it gets boring pretty quickly. There is some new things, but overall, it is a fun game if you are bored.
  13. Mar 15, 2014
    5
    One of the main things to remember about any game is "if you can cheat to win...cheat". Unfortunately that doesn't apply to games developers who decide to play dirty with players. Some obstacles are totally impossible to dodge. Nice jump, oh that was a close one, buff | ...unavoidable thing right around the corner.
    Sega have clearly invested quite a bit on the app as The graphics are
    One of the main things to remember about any game is "if you can cheat to win...cheat". Unfortunately that doesn't apply to games developers who decide to play dirty with players. Some obstacles are totally impossible to dodge. Nice jump, oh that was a close one, buff | ...unavoidable thing right around the corner.
    Sega have clearly invested quite a bit on the app as The graphics are good. You can even play as tails or knuckles..assuming you have a handful of red stars. But that will cost you in real cash as it can take a miracle to earn just a couple of them while playing the game. Sega could've made this the best runner game on ios but chose not to. Wasted opportunity. 5/10
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  14. Jul 26, 2016
    8
    The graphics are great and the gameplay is great. Almost everything in this game is great or unique. Sure there is flaws but I gave this game an 8 so it is great hey that kinda rhymed.
  15. Oct 14, 2016
    7
    Very fun and enjoyable and Sonic works really well for an endless runner, but there are two major cons this game possesses which are high priced characters, well I say high priced because a currency for buying characters called Red Star Rings can be really rare when playing and this doesn't really stand out well compared to other games of the same genre, so you may be familiar with someVery fun and enjoyable and Sonic works really well for an endless runner, but there are two major cons this game possesses which are high priced characters, well I say high priced because a currency for buying characters called Red Star Rings can be really rare when playing and this doesn't really stand out well compared to other games of the same genre, so you may be familiar with some commonly used assets that seem quite dull now. Expand
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. Games Master UK
    May 9, 2013
    80
    Will have even the most cynical of Sonic bashers gurning with nostalgia. [June 2013, p.85]
  2. Hyper Magazine
    May 9, 2013
    60
    Finally, a Sonic game that's actually about running really fast! [June 2013, p.85]
  3. 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.