Parents' Guide to

Sonic at the Olympic Games

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Olympic sample of sporting events requires payment to play.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free to try, Paid Sports Games
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The events in this Olympics-themed app involve fun, fast-paced action, but it feels more like a demo that you pay to play after a few events. In Sonic at the Olympic Games, characters whizz across a racetrack, sail through the air into a pool, and grunt as they hop from landing spot to landing spot on a climbing wall. Kids can redo rounds if they're unsuccessful, which gives them a chance to try to master any challenges they find difficult, and the graphics are high-quality. Characters are shown in 3D at times for specific events. For example, light beams from Sonic as he prepares to run, and clouds change shape as he jumps through and on them.

But there's a catch: Kids basically test out the various types of sporting events featured in the app at first and will quickly find they then need to pay real-world money to keep playing and eliminate interruptions of matches by pop-ups. For example, during the free part of the game, they'll see the same basic instructions in numerous rounds, such as tap to jump or hold down and release to start running. But soon, you get more intrusive notifications, such as a message that pops up to warn you that missing a certain number of targets will end a shooting challenge, which actually stops the gameplay. Additional pauses occur between events, as you wait for a screen that shows playing tips to close. Not only does this break the flow of each event, it feels like the game is waiting for you to reach a certain point before trying to charge you to continue. The paid version of Sonic at the Olympic Games may offer more momentum and excitement -- but it'll cost kids to find out.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading, Math: addition, money, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, strategy, thinking critically
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Part of the first section of the game is free to play. To play the events in the rest of that section and access items in the second section, a $3.99 pass is required. A $7.99 pass provides access to the third through seventh area of the app. Kids can also pay $9.99 for access to everything.)
  • Release date: May 6, 2020
  • Category: Sports Games
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 4.4 and up and iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Last updated: May 18, 2020

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