In late 2012, Sega finally showed everybody, including Nintendo, how to make a kart racer with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Now over a year since its launch on consoles and PC, the game is making its way to mobile devices.
Sega announced today that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now available on iOS for $4.99. The mobile port looks to be a complete conversion of the console title with over 75 events for players to engage in. It also includes most of the racers from the original console title with one addition that's exclusive to the mobile version - Ryo from the legendary Shenmue series.
It should be noted that when played on a mobile device, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed auto-accelerates the vehicle while you use the touch screen to steer. If that doesn't do anything for you, you'll be glad to know that the game supports gamepads on both iOS and Android for those who want a more traditional control scheme.
Before you jump in to the world of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, you should be aware that the game does have in-app purchases. You'd think the full game would be available to you for $4.99, but Kotaku notes that the initial purchase only unlocks the easy difficulty. You can earn rings and stars in-game to unlock characters and additional difficulties, but the game lets you pay upfront to unlock these from the start. To unlock all difficulties, you'll have to pony up $9.99 which brings the total cost of the full game to $14.98 - a little pricey for a mobile title.
If you're on the fence regarding Sonic's latest kart racer on mobile, check out the trailer below:
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is out now on iOS, and Sega says it will be out on Android "very soon." Most are taking that to mean it will show up on Google Play at some point today.
UPDATE: The game is now available on Android. It doesn't seem to be compatible with a lot of devices yet though, and many players are complaining about the game being broken. You might want to enter with caution if you're intending to play this on an Android device.
Image via Sega blog