Sonic Jump

Common Sense Media says

Best parts of Sonic games meet best parts of Doodle Jump.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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
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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 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.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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

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Kid, 12 years old January 13, 2013
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silvonadux

I bought this game about a month ago and enjoyed it pretty well. It is very similar to Doodle Jump because it's pretty much jumping on platforms. But this game actually has a reason to be hopping around like the little hedgehog with too much candy you are. Go for it! it's an ok game.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educator and Parent of an infant and 4 year old Written byGauriSunshine October 16, 2014
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LEARNING
"It is so cool" says A. age 4

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