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What 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).
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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?
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.