Sonic Jump

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Best parts of Sonic games meet best parts of Doodle Jump.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

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

Ease of Play

If you've played the Doodle Jump series, you know what to expect. The game requires subtle tilts and precise aim to stay alive, and players must bounce from platform to platform without falling. The higher up the course Sonic goes, the tougher it gets.

Violence & Scariness

Sonic occasionally hits crabs, bees, or other enemies, but the only damage is he loses any rings he has collected up until that point in the game. If he jumps into spikes three times, the game is over, but no damage is shown. Later levels throw more obstacles at him, such as falling rocks. 

Sexy Stuff

The game is tied into a longstanding Sega franchise, and kids might ask for other games in the series. There is also an in-app purchase option to buy more rings, which can be redeemed for power-ups, but this is not aggressively forced on the player. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sonic Jump is an arcade/tilting app game that's best described as a fusion between a classic Sonic game and Doodle Jump. While there's minimal violence (Sonic jumps into spikes or enemies, such as a crab or bee), there's no harm shown to the character. In-app purchases are available, but not aggressively pushed, though parents might hear kids asking for more Sonic games after they've tired of this one. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant and 4-year-old Written byGauriSunshine October 16, 2014
"It is so cool"
says A. age 4
Kid, 9 years old December 31, 2020

A good Sonic game but pretty tricky

In Sonic Dash you tilt your mobile device to control where Sonic jumps and that can be kind of tricky.
Kid, 8 years old October 15, 2020

What's it about?

Players tilt the screen left and right to climb higher and higher in the sky using floating platforms as jump points. Should they miss a platform, the game ends as Sonic is presumed (but not shown) to fall to his death. At the same time, players try to collect as many rings as possible to earn bonuses and purchase power-ups (such as a chance to rebound if you miss a jump). The game features two modes -- one is story-based, with users earning grades based on their performance, the other lets them jump as high as possible.

Is it any good?

Given how incredibly successful Doodle Jump is -- and how many clones of the game exist -- a little trepidation about Sonic Jump is understandable. But once you start playing the game, you realize that the developers took the best parts of that game and blended them with the best parts of the Sonic franchise. 

The game is a true Sonic title, but one that's based vertically, rather than horizontally. Platforms do more than sit there, though. They turn on gears and rise and fall on hydraulics. Sonic, meanwhile, must dodge an increasing number of obstacles the further you advance. The game starts slow to get you used to the gameplay, then ratchets up the frenetic speed you've come to expect from a Sonic title. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: October 18, 2012
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 97.70 MB
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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