Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Game review by
Alex Porter, Common Sense Media
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Fast, furious, fun family-friendly kart racing at its best.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The message here is to have fun competing in over-the-top races.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game includes a huge lineup of characters from a range of  games aimed at younger audiences and all are benign in their roles here.

Ease of Play

The controls, consisting of accelerate, steer, and "drift" are simple and fluid. 

Violence

During races, players collect power-ups, some of which allow them to fire missles, run opponents off the track, hit them with giant hammers, etc. This creates funny chaos and no one is hurt.

Sex

One character, Oolala, from the game Space Channel 5, wiggles her hips suggestively and wears a mini skirt.

Language
Consumerism

All 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 contains cartoony violence that falls into the comic mischief category. Players jostle each other while on the track, and flatten one another with over-sized hammers and giant eggs, although no one is ever hurt. Play is suitable for all ages, but the game has an option for unsupervised online chat during play on Xbox and PS3. a feature that Common Sense Media does not advise for kids under 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns March 16, 2010

Sonic racing done right

While I do find the idea of someone who hates this game giving it a perfect score anyway strange, that's not the point of this review. Anyway, when it com... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 year old Written byTDunne August 23, 2010
Common Sense Media gives the Empire Strikes Back 8+ but this game 9+. That does not make sense. Darth Vader cuts off Lukes hand while telling him he is his fa... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bywestonyoung April 27, 2013

Exciting game

It was great! So fun! Minor cartoon violence was all there was. Nothing you don't see in other similar racing games. Great to play with the whole family.
Teen, 15 years old Written bykoalaMADNESS8 May 10, 2010

lame

Okay, so, like, is this a spoof of Mario Kart or something? 'Cause if so, that's PLAGERISM!!!! (dunno if I spelled that right).

What's it about?

There's little not to love in SONIC & SEGA ALL-STARS RACING game. It is a fast, frenzied racing game on colorful and extremely varied tracks. Players can play as Sonic or one of 19 other SEGA characters such as Super Monkey Ball's AiAi, Amigo chimp, or brawlers from the Virtua Fighter series. Or, drivers can race with their custom Mii or Xbox Live avatars. In any event, they'll have a unique car, truck, or motorcycle and compete in either split screen multiplayer, online racing, or single player games. The simple objective is to reach the finish line first, even if it means knocking opponents aside using power-ups and weapons found along the way.

Is it any good?

This is an extremely fun game, especially played in a group. The controls are tight and really responsive. The tracks are well designed, with lots of imaginative short-cuts and colorful themes. Lastly, the characters are so varied - from the realistic to the cartoony - that there's something for everyone. This  whimsical, well-designed game makes for a terrific family activity.

Online interaction: Players can go online on Xbox Live and PS3 and engage in unmoderated voice chat during games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite characters. One of the most fun aspects to the game is trying out the different characters and seeing their vehicles and unique moves and skills. What games do the other characters appear in?

  • Also worth discussing is how different this game is from other kart racing titles. How does it compare to Mario Kart games?

Game details

For kids who love cooperative games

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