- Name: Sonic Forces: Speed Battle
- Developer: Sega & Hard Light
- Genre: Racing, runner
- Price: Free, with ads and IAPs
- Installed size: 218 mb
- Best played in short bursts
- No bugs experienced
- Playable Offline: No
What is Sonic Forces: Speed Battle?
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a competitive running game featuring Sega’s favorite mascot. 4 players compete on a number of different courses, as they jump over fences, duck under obstacles, and use power-ups to slow down their opponents. Those hoping to come in first will need to collect rings in order to increase their maximum speed, and to use as currency to upgrade their characters outside of races. Characters are acquired and upgraded using the game’s chest & card system, as well as being a normal reward for playing the game.
There are 10 characters to choose from, including most of the usual suspects like Tails, Sonic, Amy, and Knuckles. Each character has 3 different abilities / power-ups that they can use to speed themselves up, launch a projectile at their opponents, or set up obstacles. The power of these abilities is boosted as characters are leveled up, though not by much.
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a fun game. It’s designed to be something that can be played one or two races at a time, making it well suited for Android & iOS. However, each race plays out differently as your opponents use their abilities to force you to change your strategy. That means that gamers likely won’t find Sonic Forces to be quite as repetetive as many runners. It also means that memorizing optimal routes through the game’s courses is just one part of a winning strategy.
That winning strategy may also depend on each player. Some may be aggressive and attempt to grab every single ring in order to get the maximum possible max speed. That comes with risks of course, as rings are often placed near obstacles. Other players may play it a bit safer, but focus on sabotaging their opponents whenever possible using their character’s abilities.
Unfortunately, there are only 10 characters at this time, with the notable absence of Doctor Eggman / Robotnik. That character count will hopefully get a bit higher in the future. More importantly the controls could definitely be a bit more responsive. It is not something that most will find to be game breaking, but definitely something that can be noticeable.
At the time of this preview, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is in its soft launch phase, and is only available in a limited number of countries. Even so, it’s a lot of fun, and has optional ads to increase loot drops and open some chests. That helps level the playing field between users who take advantage of the game’s in app purchases and those who do not. If Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is available in your country, check it out; otherwise, this is a game worth keeping an eye on.