Sonic Dash

 

Learning(i)

Famous hedgehog a perfect fit for the endless runner craze.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game follows the endless runner genre, but does away with the awkward tilting play mechanism, letting players move more easily. 

Violence & scariness

Sonic can be injured by running into spiked enemies or hit his head by running into objects. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game lets players buy gold rings and red stars, used for power-ups, via in-app purchase, but they can also be earned by playing. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sonic Dash is an endless runner game based on Sega's popular Sonic franchise. Rather than being chased by an enemy, though, Sonic runs for the sheer joy of it, dodging enemies and hurdles and losing rings when he's tapped once -- though a second collision or hitting a barrier ends the game. While in-app purchases are available, they're not forced upon players (and not necessary, since earning coins is easy).

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Sonic Dash wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Sonic Dash wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

What's it about?

Sonic Dash isn't unlike several other of the endless runner style games. You run, trying to dodge capture and obstacles, swiping up to jump or down to slide. Swiping side to side lets you switch tracks as you run. Along the way, you'll collect rings, which can be used for power-ups. And between levels, you bank coins, protecting your progress. Proceed far enough and you'll also get coins, which assist in obtaining power-ups.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Sonic has always been an avid runner, so his inclusion in the endless runner genre is one that makes complete sense. Sonic Dash refines the experience, but doesn't revolutionize it. Nonetheless, it's a fun game that makes good use of Sega's corporate mascot. 

There's no "big bad" chasing the hedgehog, just obstacles to avoid, though they pile up fast. The controls are a little sluggish occasionally, but not to the point where it's a major obstacle. It's a fast and fun game that you'll find yourself coming back to again and again. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:March 29, 2013
Category:Arcade Games
Size:42.90 MB
Publisher:SEGA
Version:1.1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Kid, 10 years old February 22, 2014
age 5+
 
LEARNING
Very addictive and fun but after a while it may get boring.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Kid, 11 years old July 21, 2014
age 6+
 
LEARNING

Sonic the Hedgehog Version of Temple Run

My profile: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/users/epic-waffles This is a Sonic version of Temple Run that has less violence. Fine for most ages.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Parent Written byhimself May 12, 2015
age 5+
 
LEARNING

Game is fine, ads are iffy

The game play itself would be fine for my almost-5-yr-old, but the in-game ads may be bit inappropriate at times: "Daddy, why is that lady fighting in her underwear?" in response to a fantasy game ad that was early in the game -- an ad featuring a buxom woman in a corset brandishing a sword. I'm hardly prudish, but some of the fantasy game ads are a little overly-sensual, and might at least raise some eyebrows, not to mention that they might introduce the concept of hypersexualization of women at an early age, if that is of note to you. And though you have to press a button to view the ads themselves, that button is right in the middle of the screen, and a bit more tempting to press than the "skip" option -- and that "option" pops up each time Sonic crashes. I'm not opposed to ads in general -- but it would be nice to at least be able to set some parameters on the content of the ads. Or have a paywall that would allow you to get rid of them altogether -- I'd gladly pay a couple bucks to circumvent that.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use

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