Sonic Jump Fever
Sonic leaps headfirst into mediocrity with Sega's free-to-play cash grab.
Sonic the Hedgehog's stock in the video game industry took a huge hit since the 1990s, when he was part of arguably the biggest Sega franchise; there were too many mediocre to bad games following the Genesis days. That being said, Sonic Jump Fever is an auto jumper style game for mobile in the mold of Doodle Jump.
Sonic Jump Fever is a Doodle Jump style game where the player tilts his or her phone to control where the character lands. You receive unlimited lives, but are in a race against the clock to score and progress through the level as far as you can before time runs out.
Many Sonic game elements are present that fans of the series will recognize. While traversing the platforms, there are numerous rings to collect, animals to save, power-ups to nab and Badniks to kill. While the game automatically jumps for you, it features a double jump feature to reach more rings and kill enemies. As you kill more enemies and collect more items, you fill your energy gauge and can activate Fever mode, which sends your character flying through the level collecting massive amounts of rings.
In addition, Sonic and many of his famous friends are unlockable in the game, including Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Blaze, each with their own unique skills. Each character's powers are upgradable by spending the rings you collect in the game.
For starters, you don't begin as the famous Sega mascot, but as his sidekick, Tails. Sonic and the others need to be unlocked by collecting their symbols or red rings throughout the stage. It takes a ridiculous amount of symbols or red rings to access some of the characters and other power-ups, but the game offers them all to you for a fee. Score boosters are also available for a price to help you score the most you can on a given stage.
Another curious decision is that the stage stays the same no matter how much you score or progress, and only changes after a few days. On top of that, an energy bar restricts the amount of times you can play. You either wait for it to refill or pay a fee to do it automatically. Finally, video ads play after completing a level, slowing down the game.
Sonic Jump Fever is a decent auto-jumper that many people will flock to because of the Sonic brand, but after a few minutes of playing, they'll realize it is nothing more than a Doodle Jump clone that wants as much cash as possible.