Now that I’m currently stuck in a difficult level in Ridge Racer Slipstream, I decided to switch to playing the other racing game on my iPad Air: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Yes, this game is Sonic’s latest trip to the iOS ecosystem following other titles in franchise such as Sonic Dash. This time however, our favourite hero has brought a slew of other characters from the SEGA Universe to compete in a kart racer with an added twist.
Seriously, there’s nothing not to like about Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. It’s a feature-packed game with all the bells and whistles you’d normally look for in a kart racer. You’ll be able to play 10 legendary racers at launch, plus more coming soon. Each of these racers has his, her or its own unique vehicles which can transform into either a boat or an aircraft aside from being primarily a kart. Now you know the reason for the word “transformed” in the title.
But wait, it’s supposed to be a kart racing game, so why the need for the transformation feature? Honestly, I have no idea. SEGA probably deemed it necessary to add more depth. Don’t worry, though; you will spend most of your racing time in a kart.
Aside from the different racers you can play, the game also features several nice race courses. These tracks are colorful, fun and varied, sticking with the typical Sonic game environments to which all of us fans are already accustomed.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has three game modes: single player, daily challenge, and multiplayer (online or local). I haven’t spent much time on the daily challenge or multiplayer since the single player mode is enough for me to appreciate this game. There are two ways to play in the single player mode: world tour or grand prix. The Grand Prix puts you on a 3-race cup, and there are five cups to unlock. In World Tour you are tasked to do various tasks in a race, such as drift, sprint, boost and more.
Now, while I find the game fun and entertaining in the true Sonic fashion, some will find the game’s $4.99 price a bit expensive considering the in-app purchases. Note that these aren’t required to get through the different stages, bit the game can be pretty challenging. Even on easy mode, you won’t make you feel like you’re racing by yourself.
One thing this game lacks, though, considering that it’s a Sonic game, is hyper speed mode. I know it’s a kart racing and karts shouldn’t be speeding like nitro cars, but hey, it’s also a Sonic game; speed is a must. But this isn’t a deal breaker, and I’ll forgive SEGA for that.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a must-have if you’re into racing games. More so if you’re a Sonic fan. For non-fans, give the game a shot if you don’t mind spending $4.99. There’s a big chance you’ll enjoy it.
Requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
File Size: 1.03GB
Version Reviewed: 1.2
Age Rating: 4+