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Sonic Racing Transformed arrives to Google Play, but you’re better off waiting until its fixed

Sonic Racing Transformed has now arrived to Google Play, bringing us a brand new kart racer featuring many of your favorite Sega characters. Unfortunately, the game is also haunted by various bugs and glitches that make it nearly unplayable for many users.
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January 3, 2014
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Three months after Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing arrived to Android, and yet here we are with a new sequel already! At first glance, Sonic Racing Transformed is a lot like its predecessor: it’s a kart racing game featuring Sonic and many other iconic Sega characters, with a style that’s not unlike the Mario Kart series.

What sets Racing Transformed apart however, is that you don’t just race on land, there’s also tracks that take you in the air, into the ocean and more. There’s also plenty of new power-ups and the promise of new characters unseen in the original. The game certainly sounds like a lot of fun, but too bad we can’t currently recommend it.

As of now, the game is pretty much broken for quite a few Android devices including the Galaxy Mega, Nexus 7 2013, Galaxy S3, Moto G, HTC One and many others.

Adding insult to injury, even if you can get the game to play properly it is said to be loaded with in-app purchases and largely feels unfinished when you first download it

So what goes wrong? The actual issues seem to vary depending on the device. Some people are greeted by nothing but a black screen upon launch, while others can play for a bit before getting hit with a “forced close”. Some users say they have had some success with getting the game to work after multiple attempts to reopen it (like 3-6 times..) — but obviously that’s more than unacceptable.

Adding insult to injury, even if you can get the game to play properly it is said to be loaded with in-app purchases and largely feels unfinished when you first download it, despite the fact it costs $4.99 right now. At the moment there’s no multi-player and only ten characters, with the rest “coming later”. More than likely these features will need to be unlocked with your wallet, though that’s just speculation.

Bottom-line, even if you enjoyed the first Sonic racer for Android, you’re better off waiting a bit longer. Hopefully Sega fixes the various glitches and bugs straight away, which will at least make the game mostly enjoyable. Odds are the in-app purchases are here to stay, though some users will probably be okay with that.

Anyone download this one yet? Experiencing the crashing issues that others have ran into, or is everything working as it should?