Love Sonic? Play these games
The blue blur’s best App Store games, all in one place.
It’d be a herculean task to count all of the games Sega’s finger-wagging mascot has starred in over the years, and that’s precisely why we’re not going to do it here. (If you include spin-offs, we reckon it’s about 40?).
So instead, our editors picked out the best games you can play right now, starring everyone’s favourite lightning-fast anthropomorphic blue hedgehog.
Run, Sonic, run!
Of course, the popularity of running games on the App Store makes the genre a neat fit for Sonic’s brand of speedy action. So may we recommend Sonic Dash 2 and Sonic Forces, a duo of games in which he (it?) dashes endlessly into the screen and you must swipe to dodge and jump over hazards.
Dash 2 is best if you want to play solo, and has a bunch of playable characters from the series, including Tails, Knuckles and Amy, each with their own abilities.
Feeling competitive? Go for Forces – it’s got that same super fast dodging and jumping, but each dash to the finish is played against other players online.
Classic Sonic, reimagined
If you’re the kind of player who thinks Sonic should always be running left to right, then perhaps give Sonic Runners Adventure a whirl.
It’s classic side-scrolling Sonic gameplay, but it’s made for mobile and has a lush, modern 3D look. You tap to jump over enemies and spikes as he dashes across grass, desert, wintry tundra and all the other outlandish worlds you’d expect from a Sonic game.
Sonic Runners Adventure
The Action Platformer Legend
Catch up with the classics
If you’re of a certain vintage then you’ll remember the frenzy around these games in the ’90s – and even if you’re a mere whippersnapper, it’s still worth seeing what all the fuss was about.
As their names suggest, both Sonic and Sonic 2 are the original games in all their glory, but with touchscreen controls and some cheeky extra features here and there. Tails and Knuckles are now playable in Sonic’s debut, and in the sequel you can even play through the Hidden Palace Zone, a stage that didn’t make it into the original release.
Something a little different
Don’t forget that Sonic doesn’t just star in fast-paced platformers; he’s in a bunch of other games too. Most notably, there’s the moreish SEGA Heroes, which cleverly mashes together both genres and Sega franchises.
Matching things on the grid at the bottom of the screen triggers attacks for your squad of Sega heroes at the top, which means it’s a deeper kind of puzzler. With Sonic plus a bunch of familiar faces from Streets of Rage, Golden Axe and Shinobi, this is a Sega fan’s dream.