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Sonic Runners Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 6th, 2015

[Not sure if you really "gotta go fast?" Have a look at our Sonic Runners review.]

Despite its flaws, Sonic Runners' platforming action is actually quite fun. Though it can be a little more complicated than old-school Sonic games. Here's how to make sure you're up to speed when jumping in.


Scoring high in Sonic Runners has a few different benefits. First is that scoring high in a run can get you to boss showdowns faster. This is good because bosses can yield buddies if you play your cards right (more on buddies later). Secondly, scoring high inevitably allows you to collect a lot of rings. Rings are good because they can help level-up characters. Finally, scoring high makes it easier to rank-up, which can reset the number of lives you have and is a particularboon if you're not spending money on anything.

Sonic Runners Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 1st, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SONIC STUMBLES
This free-to-play endless runner does a good job of capturing some of what made Sonic games great, but then layers on so much other stuff that it's hard to enjoy.
Read The Full Review »

Remastered Versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 Available on Sale for a Limited Time

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 29th, 2014

Want some remastered Sonic action for cheap? Well, Sega has put Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on sale. Both originally released as emulated versions, then later updated by a team including Christian "Taxman" Whitehead and Simon "Stealth" Thomley, both well-known in the Sonic scene. The remasters include support for high-definition and widescreen displays, tweaks to the original games, and features like characters and levels not playable in the originals (such as the lost Hidden Palace Zone in Sonic 2).

Both games are available for a limited time for $0.99, so be speedy - like a certain blue hedgehog whose name escapes me.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Now Free, to Add New Iconic Characters and Elements

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MORE RINGS :: Read Review »

SEGA's kart-inspired racing romp Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now free. Additionally, on April 29, players will be able to enjoy two new members on the character roster: Wreck-It Ralph and Metal Sonic, who are both unlockable.

There are also two new tracks, Galactic Parade and Outrun Bay, and a new Boss Cup Challenge.

From the press release:

Dropping the price to free brings Sonic’s high speed hijinks to a wider audience and expands the multiplayer community. With more iconic characters, more challenging modes, and more twisting tracks, there’s never been a better time to join the race. To thank everyone who helped make the original launch a success, SEGA has gifted players a VIP Pass valued at $4.99 that features four playable characters including the blue blur, Sonic himself. In addition, the game will remain completely ad-free for those who first bought the game.

We recently reviewed the game; Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is available for download on the App Store for free.

This Week at 148Apps: December 30-January 3, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on January 4th, 2014

Happy New Year from 148Apps!

It's a new year and, as always, an exciting one for all of us here at 148Apps. Take a look at what we've reviewed this week, as well as our end-of-year lists, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

2013 wrAPP-Up: Simogo's Twin Masterpieces

Most developers get one masterpiece. One magnum opus that they get to unleash on to the world. Simogo released two in 2013 alone. Both Year Walk and Device 6 were absolutely amazing experiences, not just games, and so different from almost everything else this year. --Carter Dotson

2013 wrAPP-Up: Developers, Hardware, and Carter

Sure 148Apps is known far and wide for its diverse array of app reviews, but we also love to spotlight some lesser-known developers, review the occasional piece of useful hardware, and challenge developers to duke it out in their own games. --Chris Kirby

2013 wrAPP-Up: Most Distinct Apps and Games of the Year

Every year, with thousands more apps and games being released on the App Store, it becomes increasingly difficult to single-out just which are the crème de la crème of this ever-growing iOS market – and more specifically, which of them truly set a higher standard in terms of innovation, uniqueness, and individuality. Be it a game designed for the iPhone or iPad, anything developed and released on the iOS market in this day and age has to have that special something to grab our interest and retain it for months to come. In no particular order, here are a selection of the most notable games and apps of 2013 that raised the bar in one way or another. --Lucy Ingram

2013 wrAPP-Up: Why Candy Crush Saga was the Biggest Game of the Year

Candy Crush Saga would be perhaps an ill-fitting choice for the game of 2013: it was hardly the “best” game of the year by traditional “Game of the Year” metrics, and it didn’t even release in 2013. But Candy Crush Saga was still the game that defined mobile gaming in 2013...The thing that was most fascinating about Candy Crush Saga, though? Did anyone really have an unequivocal, gushing love for it? Whenever the game would be brought up, there was always some degree of resentment toward it for being so addictive, in the sense that people just could not stop playing, paying, and bugging their Facebook friends with requests. The thing that was most fascinating about Candy Crush Saga, though? Did anyone really have an unequivocal, gushing love for it? Whenever the game would be brought up, there was always some degree of resentment toward it for being so addictive, in the sense that people just could not stop playing, paying, and bugging their Facebook friends with requests. --Carter Dotson

2013 wrAPP-up: Happy New Year's Resolution: Fitness Apps for All

It’s the same story every year: not long after the ball drops in Times Square and the champagne runs out, people all over the world face the dreaded New Year’s Resolution. After all the eggnog, fudge, and candy canes, it’s no surprise that losing weight and getting fit tops the list. And these days there are a plethora of digital goodies out there making anyone’s quest for fitness that much easier. Many of these apps even throw the motivation and inspiration in for free. In other words, you’re running out of excuses. You can thank me later. --Stacy Barnes

2013 wrAPP-Up: The App Store's Experimental Games of the Year

Cynics would have you believe that the App Store is full of Match-3 puzzle games, Endless Runners, and attempts at stealing money through a multitude of in-app purchases. OK, so the App Store isn’t perfect and those games are certainly out there (and a plentiful amount of them are still fun!), but that’s far from all that’s available. In the spirit of it being the end of the year and the ideal time to look back at what the App Store does so well, I took a look at some of the best experimental delights out there. These are titles that are a little bit different from the norm, either in terms of having a very open ended storyline or through offering a way to interact that’s unconventional. As many of us wind down for the Christmas and New Years break, it’s the perfect time to relax and try something a little different. --Jennifer Allen

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Top 10 Kickstarter Spotlights of 2013

It’s the end of the year and everyone knows what that means: Top Ten Lists. There are lists for every possible subject, and I figured that it was only appropriate if I looked back and chose ten of my favorite KickStarter projects. All of these projects were successfully funded, and were just a handful of the great KickStarter projects that I had the pleasure of choosing from during 2013. So, as they say, theres no better place to start than the beginning. --Joseph Bertolini

Fleet of One

This is a phrase I didn’t expect to say today, but Fleet Of One is a top-down shoot-em-up that’s quite different from the other space shmups. It also looks quite a bit more logical. If the player is supposed to save the galaxy, as is usually the case, then the least you can do is give him a nice ship. Rather than piloting a flying version of a hybrid compact, the player controls a giant flying saucer with more guns than an army parade. But only two of them can be active at the same time. Oops. --Tony Kuzmin

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer looked back at 2013 with the best games of the year, interviews with Simogo and Fireproof, and looked ahead to 2014 with a massive list of 50 upcoming iOS games. They also reviewed Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, handed out top tips for new iPhone and iPad owners, played the best iOS games of the week, and even chose the best app icons of 2013. See the full week in review here.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on January 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MORE RINGS
A great racing game, damaged by a business model more fitting of a free-to-play game than a $4.99 one.
Read The Full Review »

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Brings Shape-Shifting Kart Racing to the App Store

Posted by Rob Rich on January 2nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MORE RINGS :: Read Review »

Buckle up and other appropriate driving-related puns because Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is officially available on the App Store.

This new iteration of Sonic's kart racing antics features a mobile exclusive world tour - in addition to all those crazy transforming vehicles of course. You'll have your pick of 10 different racers (Sonic, Tails, Robotnik, and more) as you attempt to best your friends' times - or simply beat the pants off them outright - across several branching tracks. Tracks that don't always involve moving along solid ground.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is available now for $4.99.

SEGA to Launch Four New Mobile Titles - Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Demon Tribe, and Rhythm Thief

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 21st, 2013

SEGA is set to have an exciting fall on mobile with the launch of four new titles: Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Demon Tribe, and Rhythm Thief and the Paris Caper. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has a November release date, while Sonic Racing Transformed and Demon Tribe are listed as Winter 2013. Rhythm Thief is expect in early 2014.

I certainly can't wait to get my hands on Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed once again, and the blending of MOBA, card collecting, and action-rpg gameplay of Demon Tribe should be interesting to check out. Rhythm Thief should also be a welcome addition to mobile. Gimme now, SEGA!

“As the audience for mobile gaming continues to grow, we’re proud to expand our portfolio of digital titles with a wide array of genres,” said SEGA of America Vice President of Digital Business, Chris Olson, in a press release. “With card collecting and MOBA-style battles in Demon Tribe™, mystery solving timed to the beat in Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper™, and chart topping tracks in GO DANCE™, SEGA’s latest portable offerings have something for everyone.”

Sonic Spins Up Another Deal, Drops App Prices To 99 Cents

Posted by Andrew Stevens on June 20th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ALMOST FLYING HIGH :: Read Review »

Cult of Mac reports that Sega has dropped the price of every Sonic app to $0.99 cents, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II, Sonic CD, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing. So, if you have any Sonic missing from your collection, now's a great time to jump on them.

We've contacted Sega to find out what the special occasion is, so stay tuned.

Sonic Dash Runs for Free

Posted by Andrew Stevens on March 29th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SAFE DASH :: Read Review »

SEGA, Sonic and Runner fans can now enjoy Sonic Dash for free. In addition to the free price, Sonic Dash has also been updated, adding daily challenges and rewards for players. Also, the obstacles have been fixed so players will no longer stumble into unavoidable death. Yes!

Sonic Dash, Sonic Jump, and Sonic Race - On Sale For A Limited Time

Posted by Andrew Stevens on March 22nd, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SAFE DASH :: Read Review »

Sonic has spun up a few discounts on his titles, including the newly released Sonic Dash, by dropping the prices of Sonic Dash, Sonic Jump and Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing to $.99 cents. Now would certainly be the time to jump on these titles as the discount is available for a limited time only.

Major Magnet Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Carter Dotson on February 22nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A MAJOR ATTRACTION
Major Magnet takes obvious nostalgic influences and applies them to a great original game.
Read The Full Review »

Cordy 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 13th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BOUNCE
Capturing the spirit of Sonic the Hedgehog and others 90s platformers, Cordy 2 oozes fun and charm.
Read The Full Review »

This Week at 148Apps: May 14-18

Posted by Chris Kirby on May 21st, 2012

This week at 148Apps.com, Kevin Stout examined the question more than a few of us are asking: Why won't Nintendo release any games for iOS? Stout writes, "Nintendo recently reported its first annual loss, showing that perhaps 3DS isn’t enough of a success. Nintendo hasn’t even released its legacy games on mobile platforms where others like Sega have (Sonic the Hedgehog). While current CEO of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, is in charge, it’s unlikely that Nintendo will acknowledge its mistake. When asked about releasing Nintendo games for smartphones, Iwata replied, “This is absolutely not under consideration. If we did this, Nintendo would cease to be Nintendo….”'

Read Stout's full commentary and analysis at 148Apps.

Meanwhile, Amy Solomon at GiggleApps took a look at a new Marvel Avengers app for kids: Avengers Origins: Assemble! is a very enjoyable universal interactive storybook that tells the tale of how The Avengers became a cohesive group after meeting Captain America. I really enjoy how these characters are introduced, making this a great primer for children new to Marvel comics. Interactive moments are included throughout that children will also enjoy such as dragging the tools used by each Avenger to their rightful owner."

Read Amy's full review at GiggleApps.

Last, but certainly not least, 148Apps.biz writer Carter Dotson reported on results from a recent MocoSpace study: "MocoSpace has announced the results of their new “Y U Play?” study that tries to answer the question of just why people play mobile games, anyway? The answer for the majority of people appears to be just pure entertainment. 34% of people like to play mobile games because “the games are fun,” and 32% do it because they are bored, or want to kill time."

Read more about the fascinating study at 148Apps.biz.

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Sonic 4 Episode 2 Release Date Revealed Along With Bonus "Episode Metal"

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 11th, 2012

The latest episode in the Sonic revival series finally has a release date. Sonic 4: Episode 2 will release on May 15th. Letting players control both Sonic and his trusty ally Tails with a revamped physics system, and new partner abilities for the two characters. As well, the classic special stages from Sonic 2 will return in this game, possibly the final episode in the Sonic 4 series.

The other big piece of news from this announcement is that for those who bought Sonic 4 Episode 1 and buy Episode 2, a special Episode Metal will be made available. These levels will let players play as Metal Sonic in special repurposed levels from Sonic 1, and will help set up the story in Episode 2, where Metal Sonic will serve as a key antagonist.

Want to know more about the game before it finally releases? Check out my impressions of the Android version of the game from GDC here.