Watching Sega find its stride on the App Store has been fascinating, particularly when it comes to anything to do with Sonic. When endless runners hit so hard, it seemed like a Sonic game could be an unbelievably natural fit in that genre. Instead, Sega durdled around with Doodle Jump knock-offs and other weird stuff. They've been doing the behind the back Temple Run-like Sonic runner for a while now, but this week's release adds a new wrinkle: Multiplayer. You can see how this all works in the trailer:

Multiplayer racers have done well over the years, but like most of Sega's releases on the App Store this seems... Super late. I'd love to see a parallel universe where a game of the quality level of Sonic Forces: Speed Battle was released back in 2011 when this type of runner genre was new and exciting instead of easily described as "another one of these" and relegated to a folder on your phone with loads of other behind the back runners.

But, hey, who knows, maybe Speed Battle will be the next big thing.

  • Nico&Smokey

    I like the new version and the new twists. I downloaded it last night I also where you can race people around the world

    • Valu Gamez

      The whole online competitive thing makes this surprisingly more fun than its predecessor

  • http://www.orcpage.com/fboy Jordan Cable

    I’m really enjoying this so far. The competitive racing is what makes this so fun. Not too much of a cash grab either despite the chests you earn and the time waiting to open them. But other than that, it’s not a game killer. Just an annoyance. But the core game itself is fun.

    • Craig Grannell

      The main thing that annoys me – bar the ads – are how long it takes to set up a race. Other than that, it is surprisingly good fun. Mind you, I liked Dash before it got overly swamped in freemium hell.

  • Earth Vs. Me

    For the millionth time, Sonic Jump was not a Doodle Jump knock off. It was originally a flip phone game that predated Doodle Jump by years. #facts

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Pretty sure Doodle Jump invented the game concept of jumping on platforms vertically.