Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

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Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Review

Sega often gets flack for constantly releasing new Sonic games, but Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing did a good job of ‘righting some wrongs’ when it was released on consoles to positive reviews last year. Now, on Sonic’s 20th birthday, we have an iOS version that simply blows away any other iOS kart racer. This is more of the Sega we like to see.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to kart racing. Each track has its own quirks, and you utilize power-ups to make your way to the front of the pack. The cast of characters hail from a variety of Sega titles, including Super Monkey Ball, Jet Set Radio, Shenmue, and of course, the Sonic series. However, there are only three characters from the Sonic games (Sonic, Tails, and Dr. Eggman) while favorites like Knuckles and Shadow remain nowhere to be seen. Don’t let this be a deal-breaker, though.

Sonic gives his tired legs a rest.

The single-player experience has a large amount of content, including a Grand Prix with three cups of four tracks each, objective-based missions, time trials, and free play. Multiplayer with up to four players is available both locally and online via Game Center. You can also choose to race or battle opponents in an arena, a la Mario Kart. Besides the few rage-quitters, online play is very smooth and easy to jump into. In a future update, we hope Sega brings the battle mode to single player as well.

The better you perform in a given race, mission, or battle, the more ‘Sega Miles’ you earn. This currency can be used to unlock new characters and tracks for free play. They also automatically fill your rank meter. Higher ranks change the look of your ‘license’, a profile that shows your name, nationality, and records.

Out-of-ball monkey action!

Visuals play a large role in solidifying a kart racer’s wacky personality, and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is no slouch in this department. Every character, kart, track, and sound effect feels like it fits right in. Racing with Dr. Eggman through a Mexican fiesta straight out of Samba de Amigo, or sending Jet Set Radio’s Beat swooping in a Green Hill Zone loop-de-loop never gets old. The high-resolution graphics and smooth animations are excellent as well.

It would be a disservice to call this a port or cash-in. Sega has proven that they’re serious about making top-quality iOS games instead of just emulating relics. Plus, you can get Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing for a measly $1.99, making it one of the best deals on the App Store.

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    Game of the Month, June 2011: Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing

    June has been another fantastic month for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad games. Chop Chop Slicer, Feed Me Oil, Dream:scape, Hanging With Friends, Hard Lines, and Pudding Panic all wowed us with clever concepts and stylish implementation. But we could only pick one Game of the Month winner, and this month, it’s Sonic by a whisker.

    Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is exactly the kind of iOS game we like to see from the former console king. It’s built from the ground up to take advantage of the iOS hardware, unlike their string of shoddy Genesis ports. It’s also got online racing and a multiplayer arena accessible through Game Center.

    Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is especially rewarding if you grew up with a Sega console hooked up to the TV. Characters from the Genesis days race alongside Dreamcast stars, and the levels are as beautiful and alive as we remember from those classic games. This is, by far, the best kart racer on the App Store.

    Our runner-up for Game of the Month is Tiny Tower, from NimbleBit. A natural extension of their previous game Pocket Frogs, Tiny Tower lets you collect and manage itty-bitty employees in your virtual skyscraper. You can hurry them along using Tower Bux, which can be earned by playing fun elevator operator and Where’s Waldo-style minigames.

    Tiny Tower has extraordinary detail in each little character’s appearance and each floor’s storefront. Random chance imbues everything you do, making this game not only rewarding, but also fiendishly addictive. Not only that, but it’s also free.

    Congratulations to Sega and NimbleBit for creating two amazing, absolute Must Have iPhone games this month. Now, on to July!