The Washed-up Videogame Character – Sonic Dash & Dash 2: Boom Review

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Sonic Dash 1 & 2 Review


Sonic the Hedgehog has been a videogame icon for decades now, but for the past few years has been notoriously programmed into pure disaster *COUGH (Sonic 2006, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Sonic Heros, etc). This reoccurring  theme of bad games has become routine for the Hedgehog, setting the bar low and making us reminisce days of the 16-bit Sega era . Just like any washed-up celebrity, he now finds himself in mediocre titles as a cash-grab , using his iconic image to attract people into his web.  Sonic Dash and Sonic Dash 2: Boom , are evidence to this fact, by being void of any creativity, and being mediocre Temple Run clones. Lets take a look at what they should’ve called “Temple Sonic” or “Sonic Run”.




Sonic Dash
Sonic Dash: Cost: FREE (With in-game purchases).







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Sonic Dash 2: Boom: Cost: FREE (With in-game purchases).

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Sonic Dash :

WOO:sonic-dash3
– Watch yourself advance on over-world map.
– Play as various Characters like: Amy, Tails, Knuckles & Shadow etc.
– Use Rings to upgrade your Character.
– Boosters to collect and aid during runs.
– Boss Fights with Dr.Eggman & Zazz.
– Fun to go fast with the dash.

MEH:
– Mission/Challenges to complete each run.
– Daily Bonuses (usually a booster).
– Choose your path during your run. (Barely any difference)
– Multiplayer Challenges (no one is online though).
– Share a video of your run on social media. (haha).Sonic Dash Zazz Boss
– Great looking game.

YUCK:
– Can’t charge your spin, if you want to go fast.
– Repetitive as HELL.
– Laggy, which is terrible for precision moments.
– Loops are far in-between.


Final Rating: 3



Sonic Dash 2: Boom:
Sonic Dash 2: Boom
WOO:
– Play as various Characters like: Amy, Tails, Knuckles, etc.
– Swap Characters during your run (takes forever).
– Collect and upgrade sprites (boosters).
– Daily Mission/Challenge/Events, with bonuses.
– Less Lag than the first.

MEH:
– Get gifts in your in-game message inbox.
– Tilt-control gameplay during bonus sections.
– Great looking game.

YUCK:
– Even MORE repetitive as the first.Tilt-Control Bonus.
– No loops or twists, just straight running.
– No more boss fights.
– No more progression map.

Final Rating: 2


ME PERSONALLY:
I’ve always been a fan of Sonic ever since the Sega Genesis days, but my rule of thumb for Sonic has been: if it’s not a 2d-platformer its probably bad. This of course has prevented me from wasting hard-earned dough on bad games, so I was intrigued by the free-to-play model, offered with the infamous icon. I’ve decided to review both of them at once, cause I actually find Sonic Dash 2: Boom quite a downgrade from the first. It seems they’ve took out a lot of the elements from the first one such as: boss battles, loops (even if they were sparse), twists and turns and the progression map (makes you feel like you’re going somewhere). Sonic Dash 2, however is a smoother less buggy/laggy experience from the first one, but overall I enjoyed Dash 1 a lot more. The major thing both these games lack is the speed and thrill of Sonic games, which is one of the biggest elements. Ironically, Boom feels even slower.

VERDICT:
If you enjoy the Temple Run Style game play of jump, dodging and ducking; as well as being a fan, then these games can be of interest. Just don’t expect anything other than a mediocre experience, also you have to decide whether you want a more eventful experience with Dash 1 or a stripped-down smoother experience with Dash 2.


On iTunes:

Sonic Dash

Sonic Dash 2: Boom

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Sonic Dash & Boom Review
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Summary

- Both Games are Free-to-play
- Sonic Dash 1 is a more eventful game.
- Sonic Dash 2 is a more smoother running game.

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