Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: Bonus Edition

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
SEGA stars come to the track to race and wreak silly havoc.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: Bonus Edition wasn't created with educational content, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

This is a fun and good-natured racing game in which players are able to choose from the hero characters like Sonic, or the "bad guys" like Eggman. It presents a message that everyone is equal, and that characters who may be at odds with one another can still compete against one another in a sportsmanlike way. There is also a story mode in which players are empowered to become the top racer in the world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game's story mode is fairly rudimentary and does not offer a lot in the way of character development or the depiction of any one character as a role model. However, Sonic is a very well-known video game character and always displays acts of selflessness and heroism. These characteristics are not expressly presented in this game, but because he is universally known as the "good guy," he can still be looked up to as a role model.

Ease of Play

This game uses standard racing game controls. For players to become a master of the game, it is really just about becoming familiar with the layout of each course and knowing when various turns and obstacles will appear.

Violence

During races, players can collect special items like snowballs, swarms of bees, and firecrackers. These items can be tossed at other players to slow them down. If players are hit, there is an explosion which results in their being momentarily unable to move. This is just a part of the racing competition and it is not depicted as an aggressive form of violence. In addition, the items are all whimsical and/or fantastical in nature. There is one racing level in which cartoon spiders appear on the tracks. If the spiders are struck, splashes of green blood-like substance appear.

Sex
Language

The word "damn" appears in the game's dialogue.

Consumerism

Many characters from the SEGA universe appear in this game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: Bonus Edition is a racing game in which players can choose to race as one of several characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise. There is a story mode in which players race through all of the courses to prove their mettle as a star racer, but the main mode in the game is just freestyle racing. The game is best when played with friends. There are some cartoon-themed items that allow players to "attack" one another during races, but this is presented in a very whimsical fashion. There is also one level in which spider creatures emit green fluids when hit; and the word "damn" appears in the dialogue.

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User Reviews

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

Gimmicky racer is ok, but more jarring and not as kid friendly as it's predecessor.

As a sequel game, this offering is not as friendly to younger players as it has more of a leaning curve than the original, more so than just an average Kart sty... Continue reading
Adult Written byChrisH. November 25, 2014
Teen, 14 years old Written bythestopwatch April 24, 2020

Sort of a Mario Kart Knockoff, but a Good One

There isn't much to say about this game if you already know what Mario Kart is. The biggest differences are the "transform" feature, arguably bet... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 9, 2016

Sonic's enhanced version of Mario Kart

This game is very good. Great for kids since it's amazingly fun and it's very easy to control.

What's it about?

SONIC & ALL-STARS RACING TRANSFORMED: BONUS EDITION is a racing game featuring iconic video game mascot Sonic the Hedgehog and several of his friends -- and enemies. Players race through a series of long, winding race tracks filled with twists and turns. In the Wii U version, they can keep track of where they are on the course by looking at the map on the GamePad. There is also a multiplayer mode where one player uses the GamePad and everyone else uses regular controllers. Players can choose to participate in freestyle races, or work their way through a story mode in which they compete to win races against computer-controlled opponents on every one of the race tracks.

Is it any good?

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: Bonus Edition is a fun extension to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Anyone familiar with the series will notice that the race tracks are all very representative of typical "Sonic" environments, paying homage to various games throughout the franchise's history. The tracks are all very well designed, with some that are essentially basic loops while others have challenging series of twists and turns. The use of the GamePad controller on the Wii U is also well executed, giving players the change to have two different perspectives on the race, and also allowing up to five players in multiplayer mode (four players on a split-screen TV and one player on the GamePad). The single-player experience is somewhat lacking, but those who enjoy playing video games with friends will no doubt have a great time with this game, Sonic fan or not.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cartoon weapons in this game. Do you think this is violent or just part of the competition?

  • If you could be the best in the world at something, what would it be and why?

  • Have you had difficulty winning any of the races? What did you do to improve?

Game details

For kids who love racing and playing on the Wii U

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