Sonic Dash is a behind-the-back endless running game in which the blue hedgehog has to run as far as possible, avoiding all the obstacles.
Sonic Dash gameplay
As with Temple Run, there are collectible items along the way in Sonic Dash, such as magnets that trap coins, dash boosts and extra lives.
To start with you can only play as Sonic, but it is possible to unlock other characters from the popular Sega franchise: namely Tails, Knuckles and Amy. To do this you need to build up enough red rings to unlock them (or make an in-app purchase).
The gameplay in Sonic Dash is fun and you'll constantly want to start again and try to beat your highest scores. The inclusion of Game Center support adds an extra element of competition, too.
Ultimately though, Sonic Dash doesn't differ much from the format of Temple Run in terms of gameplay and adds little innovation in terms of game modes or unique features, aside from the element of having to kill baddies from the Sonic games and losing your rings if you get hit but being able to carry on.
Taking control of Sonic
The controls in Sonic Dash are based around touch gestures. Swipe left and right to move Sonic from side to side, flick upwards to make him jump, and down to roll. Rolling enables you to kill baddies, as well as go under low-hanging obstacles.
Unfortunately, there's just one control system in Sonic Dash. It would've been nice to have the option to switch to tilt-based controls for players who prefer this method of gaming.
The great thing about Sonic Dash is the way it looks and feels like a proper Sonic adventure. From the lush design of the settings to the way Sonic moves, memories of Sonic games of old will come flooding back. The nostalgia factor is heightened by the presence of baddies from previous games.
I was disappointed the music from the original Sonic game wasn't included though, and I feel this would've really capped off the playing experience of Sonic Dash.
Animation is generally pretty smooth, although we did observe some lag at times.
One of the few bugbears we had with the presentation of Sonic Dash is the long loading time when you launch the game.
Although Sonic Dash brings little new to the 'endless running' format in terms of gameplay, it's a game that will delight if you're a fan of the little critter - especially if you're into Temple Run too!