Parents' Guide to

Sonic Free Riders

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Hover board racer for Kinect suffers serious control issues.

Game Xbox 360 2010
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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It shouldn’t be hard to get a feel for something as simple as leaning forward and back to steer a video game hover board, but it is here. Turns were nightmarish. We’d lean and our avatar would do nothing. We’d lean a little more and suddenly he’d make a sharp swerve into a wall. Subtle, gentle changes in direction were, for the most part, beyond us.

There were a few times when everything seemed to click, like when we were flying down an icy course littered with giant bones that had sharp corners that doubled as half pipes. Hitting all of these ramps perfectly while blasting away barriers located between them provided a glimpse into how satisfying this game could have been, but didn’t outweigh our frustrations. It’s a good idea, but sloppy execution makes Sonic Free Riders impossible recommend.

Online interaction: Online multiplayer for up to eight players supports voice chat, but it is optional. Note that open voice communication means possible exposure to offensive language and inappropriate topics of conversation as well as the sharing of personal information. Parents might want to disable this feature on their XBox 360 using its Parental Controls feature.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Sega of America
  • Release date: November 4, 2010
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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