Sega's iconic mascot, Sonic the speedy blue hedgehog, has pretty much done it all. He's gone kart racing in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing [$3.99], competed in the olympics against his '90s arch nemesis Mario in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series, and he's even been batted around various wildly-designed pinball tables in Sonic Spinball [$0.99] where he played as the ball itself.

A few weeks back, Sega hinted on their blog that a game called Sonic Jump was heading to iOS, but offered no glimpse of what it might entail. Sonic Jump was originally a game for feature phones that was released several years ago, but there was no indication whether the iOS version would be a straight port or enhanced in some way for the more modern technology.

Today, Sega has tweeted the first screen from Sonic Jump, which you can see to the right, and indeed it looks to be a completely revamped version of the Doodle Jump-style gameplay of the original.

What I find funny is that a video game character whose claim to fame is speedily running to the right is coming to a platform so well-suited to auto-running platformers, and yet here he is in a game where the goal is to jump vertically into the air.

Missed opportunity? We'll have to see when Sonic Jump launches for $1.99 later this week.

  • tacoprime

    That's kind of weird. I've really been expecting a Sonic auto-runner for iOS. It would be awesome to have a super speed runner like that. Sonic isn't really know for his amazing jumping skills.

    • Karzay

      Sonic defies all logic. hedgehogs are not known for their speed and with feet like that, you wouldn't think he could run ten feet without tripping all over himself.

  • Deamon34

    An endless runner would have been more appropriate.

    • Anthony Tarantino

      I'd prefer an actual platformer where you have full control of the character, a la Sonic 4, Sonic CD, etc.

      Auto-runners are ok, but I like to fully explore levels at my own pace.

  • ducksFANjason

    Hmmm interesting I guess. I haven't liked a Sonic game since the Genesis days and as I'm not much of a fan of the "endless jumpers" genre (Doodle Jump's multiplayer being the exception) I'll probably skip this. But I will say the visuals are very striking in that screenshot. The colors look so vibrant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrislnieves Christopher Nieves

    Would have preferred something similar to Rayman Jungle Run with more emphasis on speed.

  • Kurtainz

    Sonic Jump was awesome, can't wait, it was much more fun than Doodle Jump as well. And it wasn't just for feature phones either, it was a Java game, I had it on my N95

  • MrAlbum

    (sees the words "Sonic" and "Jump" in the same sentence)

    (does a spit-take)

    W....T.....F?!?!?!

    I will be watching this like a hawk, in case Sega does something crazy-awesome with it. Because if they don't, hedgehogs will roll... in death....

    • Themagicjesus

      You say wtf like jumping has never been a huge part of the Sonic series. The running is his staple but the "platforming" section has always been attempting crazy stunts and jumps.

      While this is mildly out there, it is not a "wtf" moment

      • MrAlbum

        I think my WTF was more in trying to equate Doodle Jump w/ Sonic. They didn't mesh well at my first glance. Now that you brought it up, yeah, I see what you're saying. And, yeah, you have a valid point.

        Still tho, it feels kinda shallow, since it's putting one character and his world (cue the song) into a game type that has already found success. In essence, it feels like the Sega version of the Mega Man Xover debacle, and considering Sonic's critical reception as of late I'm not sure this is such a smart idea.

        All just my opinion IMHO ^_^

  • GubbyMan

    YEEEESSSS!!! I've been waiting for this for so long. Sonic Jump was my favorite game on my Nokia 6300, I still use to charge my old phone and play the game because it is that awesome. I just hope Sega doesn't do something stupid with this release because my expectations are high.

  • zergslayer69

    You want success? Should've just made sonic 2 bonus stage into an endless runner, with 2 player multiplayer. I mean all the assets are there, just need to code it.

  • ImJPaul

    Dumbdumbdumbdumbdumb. Ill prolly buy it.

  • Maximilian Patten

    Sega really needs to port Sonic 3 and Knuckles. Second greatest Sonic game of all time (next to Sonic CD)

    • ImJPaul

      Sonic and knuckles. My favorite childhood game. I loved how it had the cartridge that you could put another cartridge on. So much good times with that.

  • MicroByte

    We owned a hedgehog once. He slept all day, ran in his wheel all night long and pooped/peed all over the house. Miss that little guy...

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  • http://animaltrackers.wordpress.com/ DA_iv

    By the looks of things, the usual Sonic rings, objects and enemies are there, so it'll be interesting to see how much they can breathe life into the jumping genre.

  • Slusho

    I totally used to play this on my RAZR back in the day.

  • thesmashingone

    Never got to play the original Sonic Jump or Sonic Jump 2 for Java phones. Will get if iPod Touch 4G is supported.

  • Hoggy110

    Heres an idea: Instead of releasing games that you've only just recently announced as soon as you can, why not release games you revealed 3 months ago and made no mention of since?

    And fixing Crazy Taxi

  • curtisrshideler

    I'll probably pick it up since I'm a fan of Sonic AND I loved to play Sonic Spinball. Still playing that on my phone!

    However, if they decide to do an endless runner or auto runner like Rayman's latest, I'll be even more excited to give them my money! Hear that, Sega?!?

  • http://www.gamedevelopmentindia.com/ Marie Weaver

    Impressive,
    Sonic Jump was my best-loved game and i have been waiting for this
    game for long time..
     

  • Scape3d

    It should be free. With great jumpers like Mega Jump and Doodle Jump, there's no way I'm paying 2 bucks for one just because it features Sonic.

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    thanks for post. Sonic Jump is best games i like