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.

Sonic Dash 2 gives you a good idea of what it’s like to run as fast as Sega’s legendary hog.

    Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom

    Ready, Set, RUN!


    Sonic Forces - Racing Battle

    Multiplayer Run & Race Games


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.

Jump, spin, run! This is the Sonic you know and love, built for the modern age.

    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.

    Sonic the Hedgehog™ Classic

    SEGA's Platform Hit Returns


    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ™ Classic

    Discover SEGA's Retro Hit


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.

Match the gems to help Sonic and crew take out the baddies.