Mostly thanks to Sonic Mania, Sega‘s speedy blue hedgehog has garnered more positive attention than it has in a long time. Those good times look to continue with Sonic Runners Adventure, an auto-runner that looks and sounds a bit familiar.
No, it’s not because there’s already a Sonic-themed mobile title available on the Play Store — Sonic Forces: Speed Battle does exist, after all — but because Sonic Runners Adventure already existed as Sonic Runners, the only mobile game released by Sonic Team.
You see, Sega pulled the game from the Play Store in July 2016 after a little over a year of availability. Somewhere along the way, Gameloft picked up the remains and turned it into what you see today.
Apart from the name, the biggest difference with Sonic Runners Adventure is its $3 price tag. Not only is this a departure from Gameloft’s other mobile efforts, since the developer has turned to a free-to-play structure in recent times, but also from Sonic Runners itself, since it, too, was a free-to-play title.
As for the game itself, Sonic Runners Adventure features four Sonic-themed locations, all of which have levels that contain at least two paths to explore. You can play as one of nine characters, with handling dependent on the type of character they are.
There is incentive to try and get all of the characters, since some level goals require you to use a specific character. There is also incentive to play through levels again, since they all have goals you can complete.
Unfortunately, Sonic Runners Adventure features no cloud save, leaderboard, and achievement systems. There is also no integration with Google Play Games, nor is there controller support. These features could theoretically be added in future updates, but for the time being, this is where the game stands.
Even with the omissions, Sonic Runners Adventure looks and feels like a Sonic game most of the time, and while the difficulty can sometimes vary, it’s still a fun auto-running platformer. Plus, having no in-app purchases and a one-time $3 payment is always a good thing, in my eyes.
If you want to give the game a shot, you can do so at the link below.