This is an endless runner style game. Caution in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising, gambling device
Contains some elements of gambling
This review of Sonic Dash was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 27 February 2014.
This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.
|Name of app:||Sonic Dash|
|Platform reviewed:||Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook|
|Developer’s suggested age:||iTunes: 4+, Google Play store: “Everyone”|
|Gambling content advice:||Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details|
This review of Sonic Dash contains the following information:
This is an endless runner style game, where the player runs along tracks, dodging obstacles, collecting rings and other objects.
Players start as the default character Sonic the Hedgehog. There are other characters which can be unlocked. The player uses their finger on the screen to guide their character. The player must avoid obstacles, collecting rings and other items along the way. The further they run, the more points they get. If the player crashes, they can be revived to continue their run if they use a revive token, if they have any, or watch a video ad. After being revived, the player picks up running at the same spot and continues. If the player does not revive, their score is calculated and they begin again (they may have to watch an ad first). Players can unlock, win or buy various powerups which will assist them. Rings can be used to buy upgrades, characters, wallpapers and powerups. Premium currency of red star rings, are more difficult to earn, and can be purchased.
The game issues missions and challenges to earn extra rewards.
The game suggests that players buy some rings to get power ups. Rings, red star rings and bundles can be bought for $0.99 to $51.99. Players can also make a purchase to remove ads.
Players can log in to Facebook to play with friends, which will earn extra rings. When the player logs in to Facebook, the app collects the player’s public profile and friend list. Players can view a leaderboard of High Scores, which shows their first name, profile picture and rank against their friends.
When players choose the riskier tracks with more hazards to run on, they earn more rings – in effect, accepting greater “danger” for bigger potential rewards. Players are offered a Daily Spin on a wheel containing useful prizes like powerups and rings. They can use red star rings to get more spins.
Ads regularly pop up for other apps. Ads presented included a fantasy warrior game. To gain “free” rings or to revive, the player can watch a video, which is an ad for another app.
Choosing riskier tracks to run on wins more rings.
Violence and scary material:
Players may crash into objects or fall off cliffs, but there are no real consequences and the player can start again.
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