The lights are on
Sega is providing a glimpse of its upcoming mobile-gaming roster, and Sonic is dependably pulling his share of the weight. New versions of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are on the way, alongside two new titles.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is coming to iOS and Android this winter with new features and tweaks, including Facebook integration that puts your friends' profile pics above their racers. The original was pretty darned good, so here's hoping Sega can successfully transition the game to mobile – especially considering the controls.
Next up is a remastered version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It's also coming to iOS and Android, but it's got a more specific release timeline of November. Sega says the game runs at a steady clip of 60 frames per second, and that fans will hear remastered audio while they play.
Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper is a rhythm game (surprise!) where players step in the comfortable dance shoes of Raphael as he tries to discover why his dad disappeared in Paris. This one's coming to iOS devices in early 2014.
With Demon Tribe, Sega is clearly going after the hardcore set. The company says this iOS game combines elements of MOBA, card collecting, and action-RPG gaming. Players collect and train demons to battle in both online co-op and competitive battles, with up to 6 players playing in the 3 vs. 3 matches. It's due out this winter – whether that's this holiday or early next year is unknown.
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Clever, a mobile app about racing. I wonder if there is going to be a Sonic-Mobile, classic.
Finally!! I was wondering what happend to the IOS version of All-Stars Racing Transformed. Now it's finally here!!!!!!!
I loved the crap out of Sonic & ASRT on my 360, but I can't imagine it'll control very well on tablets and phones.
Is Rhythm Thief a remake of the 3DS version or a whole new game?
Rhythm Thief is very, very good and if ANY franchise should hit the touchscreens of smartphones, it's THAT one. The 3DS original was a pretty slick combination of Professor Layton and a ton of creative rhythm games.
Now, I hope Sega brings Space Channel to the smartphones. Perhaps some of their old Arcade shooters too, like Virtua Cop or Ghost Squad. Tap to shoot and shake the smartphone to reload or something. Tapping is not as good (obviously) as aiming a gun at the screen and pulling the trigger, but it's PLAYABLE. It's intuitive. It's one of the few actions you can take from real games and successfully shoehorn onto a touchscreen.