Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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All the elements of a fun kart racer, some comic mischief.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The minimalist controls work fairly well. Acceleration is automatic, letting people focus solely on drifting and braking, and steering is done through the iDevice's internal gyroscope. The controls aren't especially precise, though, which can cause a lot of spinouts as you learn how to drive the karts.


Cartoon violence is prevalent as you try to get opponents to spin out by bumping into them or using "weapons" that disrupt their driving, but it's all in good fun.


The characters appear in other game franchises, so this title is a form of cross-promotion.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is an arcade racing game in the same vein as Mario Kart. Though there's comic mischief, that's simply a part of the competitive nature of the game, and all but the youngest kids will understand that. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins January 15, 2018

Average racer is fun enough thematically but not overly complicated.

As an arcade style 'kart' style racer this is a weapons based very straightforward Mario like title. Although the game itself is mostly a straightforw... Continue reading
Parent Written byGabomaya May 19, 2014

Just to spend some time playing a videogame with your son.

They (kids) must be patient or learn due to the difficult to drive in different environments and because other racing mates can cause you damage and pass you by... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 7, 2014

Sega Racing Definitely Deserves Five Stars

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Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is one of the best racing games I have ever experienced. It has... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySalsander June 27, 2013

OK Mario Kart Equivalent

If you are looking for a Mario Kart-like game for your child's mobile device, Sonic All-Stars racing is great racer. It's your basic cartoon racer wit... Continue reading

What's it about?

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing combines traditional racing mechanics with whimsical courses, obstacles, and boosts. You'll navigate a variety of environments, from beachfronts to volcanos, making huge jumps and drifting into obstacles as you battle against other SEGA characters. Boosts include nitrous boosts for your vehicles and rockets that take out other players. Steering is done via the phone or tablet's gyroscope, while players press buttons on the bottom right to accelerate and brake.

Is it any good?

A good arcade kart racer is a rare thing, and SONIC & SEGA ALL-STARS RACING is a bright light in the iDevice world. The game is universal, letting you play on iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch and has all the necessary elements of a fun kart racer -- colorful characters, winding courses, mystery boxes that contain power-ups to either help you speed up your kart or slow down opponents, and even a good online mode. The game has four single-player modes with plenty to unlock, giving it a longevity that's rare in apps, and a good brief tutorial that never wears out its welcome. It's a wonderful addition to the App Store. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: June 28, 2011
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Size: 310.00 MB
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Version: 1.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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