A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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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.