Sonic The Hedgehog leaps onto the small screen of your iOS or Android device and brings with it a tried and tested game-play mechanic popularized by the likes of Temple Run and Subway Surfers - but is it actually any good?
In a word, yes. In several words; it's an enjoyable and blisteringly fast 3D platform game with bags of variety and some genuine surprises in the level layout; such as loops, spirals and underwater tunnels that add real depth to the environments as you deftly swipe the screen to avoid obstacles in your path.
Game-play is simple and intuitive - swipe left/right on the screen to dodge, or swipe up/down to jump and spin respectively, collecting rings along the way.
Where Sonic Dash differs from similar games in the genre, and it's quite a welcome difference; is the lack of a giant monkey, monster, whatever chasing you through the level waiting for you to mess up. Enemies are instead strewn around the level causing a general nuisance.
It's not all positive - due to the random nature of levels, some obstacles can appear too close together, requiring a seemingly impossible double-swipe to jump over - something which is handled far better in other dash games, but unfortunately here, Sonic is doomed to jump face-first into an obstacle fairly often.
Finally - ok, it's a 'free' game, and in-app purchases are a staple of the mobile market, but the interface is purposefully ambiguous about which upgrades are earned, and which require a purchase. It's a minor annoyance for new players to figure this out.
Overall, Sonic Dash is exceptional in many ways - let down by some small issues. If you want to show-off what your tablet can do, this is one to try.
Platforms: Android 2.3.3 and iOS 5.0
Price: FREE (with In-App Purchase)