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Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

All the elements of a fun kart racer, some comic mischief.

What parents need to know

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.

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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
Release date:June 28, 2011
Category:Racing Games
Size:310.00 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.2 or later

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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 with characters like sonic and many other Sega characters. There is virtually nothing inappropriate in the game. There is cartoon violence, but this consists of throwing cones on the track like banana peels for cars to spin out of control or throwing a cartoony bomb at a player that simply flips the cart into the air. There are a couple of glitches and it's not the best designed game, but kids looking for a colorful racer will love All-Star Racing.
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 in the race. Good to see reactions on frustration or ability with the video control. Not to spend more than a 30-45 minutes if you can do another interactive game with your son. Just to share his gaming skills.
Kid, 11 years old August 7, 2014

Sega Racing Definitely Deserves Five Stars

My profile: Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is one of the best racing games I have ever experienced. It has great Sega characters like Sonic, Chu Chu, and others. Definitely worth the four dollars.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence