Sonic Dash iOS

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 7, 2013
  • Also On: PC
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 51
  2. Negative: 8 out of 51
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  1. 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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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.