App Review: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Goes Mobile. Is That Good?

App Review: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Goes Mobile. Is That Good?
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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is available today on iOS and Android, giving mobile gamers a chance to race on land, sea and air as iconic Sega characters like Sonic, Amigo, John and Tim. Is it worth $5? Mostly.

I am a big fan of the console/PC version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, so I went into the mobile version with high hopes. Some of them were met. Some were not.

The Good Stuff

Pretty-ish — The visuals might not be as sharp and vibrant as the console versions, but they’ll do.

Controller Support — Of course Android, but also the new iOS-certified controllers. Using a gamepad is the only way to avoid dealing with the automatic acceleration that’s mandatory for touch screen play.

Online Play — No one is playing yet, but it’s nice to have the option, right?

A Goodly Amount of Racing — Tournaments, multiplayer, regular timed challenges, career mode — there’s a lot to do for $US4.99. That being said…

The Bad Stuff

In-App Purchases — For $5, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed only gives players free unlimited access to races on easy difficulty. Anything more has to be paid for via rings or stars.

In the in-game store, along with some very expensive early character unlocks, there’s the option to spend $10 to unlock all difficulties forever and ever.

It’s good that the option is there. It would be even better if it was mentioned before players dropped $5 on the game. Maybe just give us the option to play $15 up front.

Controller Support — Controller support while racing is a good thing. Not having controller support in the menus iOS verion) is a bad thing.

Auto Accelerate — As I mentioned previously, all touch screen or tilt control options auto accelerate. There is no option to change that. Unfortunate.

The Final Word

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a lovely port that takes a few wrong turns on the way to the app stores. Nothing that can’t be tweaked and patched, and nothing so annoying that a real fan of kart racing shouldn’t give it a go.

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