- Name: Sonic Forces: Speed Battle
- Developer: Sega Hard Light
- Genre: Racing, runner
- Price: Free, with ads and IAPs
- Installed size: 200 mb
- Best played in short bursts
- Bugs experienced
- Playable Offline: No
What is Sonic Forces: Speed Battle?
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a competitive running game featuring Sega’s blue mascot. 4 players compete on a number of different course, as they jump over fences, duck under obstacles, and use power-ups to slow down their opponents. Players 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.
At launch there are 15 different racers to collect and power up, including most recognizable Sonic characters (other than Dr. Eggman / Robotnik). There are 12 different tracks to race on, and they are unlocked as players reach higher leagues by winning races.
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. Each race plays out differently as your opponents use their weapons, making memorizing optimal routes through the game’s courses 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.
Despite having a lot to offer, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle does have a few issues. Firstly there are bugs, ranging from minor glitches to players seemingly going right through obstacles without any issues and other instances of players finishing a race before their avatar crosses the finish line. These bugs can be frustrating, but they are thankfully fairly uncommon. Secondly, players looking for deep racing experience will certainly be disappointed. This is not a mobile Mario Kart, it’s a runner with power ups. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but users should set their expectations accordingly. Lastly, character selection is a bit underwhelming, once you get past the core Sonic stalwarts, there are a lot of characters that few casual fans will recognize.
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a lot of fun. Players who take advantage of the offered in app purchases can have an advantage over those who do not, but it’s not quite as noticeable as it is in many other games. The game gives free users ample opportunities to earn more character cards, including optional ads at the end of each race that double the number of cards earned in the race. That helps level the playing field between users who take advantage of the game’s in app purchases and those who do not. The game also has non-optional ads that are removed after the player makes an in app purchase. If you plan on downloading the game, check out some tips to help you get started on the right foot.