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Sonic Runners app review: a Sonic the Hedgehog classic sidescroller



Sonic Runners by Sega Corporation brings Sega’s classic character to your iPhone or iPad. If you remember the popular video games from the early 1990’s Sonic the Hedgehog will no doubt be near the top of the list. Along with the Mario series of games by Nintendo, Sega’s classic hedgehog character was one of the first pioneers in the sidescroller category of games.

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There may have been a lot of imitators since those early days with the growth in popularity of the IOS platform, but there are still very games that compare to the classic Mario or Sonic games. What makes Sonic so special is the rich mix of characters and story lines that make this game more than just your average sidescroller – the attention detail is not something you’ll find in most App Store games. This one’s a winner. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Sonic Runners


A Classic Sonic Game for a New Generation

With all the sidescroller and endless runner games available in the App Store it’s often hard to sift through them all to find one that rises above the crop. A good sidescroller should be fast paced, have cool items to collect, and there should of course be bosses to defeat. Sonic Runners has all of these things and a whole lot more just like you’d expect from a rebirth of a classic like this. What’s always made Sonic stand out in the past is the insanely fast running capabilities of the title character and Sega hasn’t disappointed in that regard here either. If you loved the Sonic games as a kid you’ll love this one as well, and if you’re new to the Sonic franchise you’re in for a treat with this one.

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There are only a couple of issues with this game that detract from its appeal a little bit. It does take quite a while to load – especially the first time you play it. However, this has a lot to do with the fantastic graphics that are included in this game so it’s a small price to play. There are also in-app purchases if you want to give your progress in the game a boost, but you don’t necessarily need them. This app will require 77.7 MB of available space on your iOS device.

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How to Play

This game is a classic Sonic the Hedgehog game with a great background story, awesome graphics, and excellent game play that will keep you highly entertained. The ideas is to keep running endlessly collecting rings and bubbles as you go. To make Sonic jump you simply tap on the screen, and if you do a double tap he’ll perform special tasks to help you jump higher and bowl through your enemies. Along the way you’ll have to jump over spikes, clear gaping chasms, and beat up on the end of stage bosses to keep progressing. It’s non-stop action that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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As you complete different stages you’ll receive bonuses for first time achievements that will help you advance through the game. You can also collect revive tokens as you go that will help you to keep the game going even when you’ve lost your life so it pays to keep your eyes out for these. Sonics friends will provide you with helpful hints that explain all this at the intermissions between levels. 

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Sonic Runners


Pros and Cons


  • Classic sidescrolling fun includes all the familiar Sonic characters
  • Fast paced action
  • Hints and bonuses to help you progress


  • Includes in-app purchases
  • Takes a while to load

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Final Words

If you’re a fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog series of games you can now enjoy your favorite character on your iPhone or iPad with Sonic Runners. This game is highly entertaining and fast paced to keep you entertained for hours. Even if you’ve never heard of Sonic the Hedgehog you’ll enjoy this one. 

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