Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

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

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 14 reviews

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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. 


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.


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


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 byChrisH. November 25, 2014
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy October 20, 2012

Can't wait for the sequel!

Very fun game! It goes great with a family night (one where you can dine-out at an italian pizzeria,play games,ect.) It is also really easy to play!
Kid, 12 years old January 30, 2020


Watch out! Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing is here! This is an amazing game for anyone who can play. My whole family of 4 love racing together Its so much... Continue reading

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?

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