A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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