Sonic Jump Fever

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Tricky endless-jumper game focused on your wallet.

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Ease of Play

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 characters go, the more obstacles they face. The fast pace of the game also can make it hard to decide where to focus your attention. 


Lead characters fall when they miss a platform or land on top of an enemy but are instantly reborn and propelled on their way. 


The game pushes in-app purchases at every turn, whether for power-ups, to unlock additional characters, or to just keep playing after five levels. There also are ads before some levels, mostly for other games. The game is designed to encourage spending. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sonic Jump Fever is a slightly new take on the endless-jumper games that started with Doodle Jump. The controls this time around aren't as simple as in Sonic Jump, so younger kids may have a harder time. Also, the game provides many opportunities to make in-app purchases. Technically it's possible to play without making them, but it makes the game more difficult. 

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What's it about?

Kids tilt the device to guide iconic characters from the Sonic games as they jump higher and higher toward a level in a limited period of time. Along the way, they'll collect power-ups and avoid obstacles to attempt to accelerate their climb and earn extra time. Tapping the screen lets the character jump higher, which can be valuable when he or she seems likely to miss a platform.

Is it any good?

SONIC JUMP FEVER might be fun for kids who loved Sonic Jump but who are older and looking for a new challenge. However, the efforts to get users to buy power-ups and other games is pretty aggressive: Actually playing takes the same amount of time as sorting through the possible purchases. It's also easy to click on entry points to Facebook, so if a parent is logged in on the same device, kids might find themselves accidentally exiting the game and entering a parent's account.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about when it's worth it to spend money on in-app purchases and when it's not. 

  • Ask kids about strategy: With so much going on, how do you know where to look? As the game gets faster, how do you adjust?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Free (In-app purchases range from $1 to $100.)
  • Release date: July 11, 2014
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 97.20 MB
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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