Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed now on iOS

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The really quite good Sonic karting game that was released on the PSVita and the 3DS has now just appeared on the Appstore for iOS devices and apparently it’s a pretty good port.

It’s going for $0.99 on the American appstore at the moment and R35 on our local one, how’s that for nice pricing. Don’t feel too bad though as apparently it’s going for $5 on the New Zealand store.

The game also has in app purchases which have caused quite a stir on Neogaf, but in a surprising turn of events the developer has actually jumped onto the forum to explain the rationale for how the game works.

I’m going to cheat here and repost a post I made over at the SEGA forums and SSMB…

1. You can get everything in the game through playing it and with in-game currency you earn through playing (with the exception of some early access to DLC content). You don’t have to spend anything else unless you want too after buying the game.

2. All players should start with the VIP pack (the guys who posted that video must have copied it from another device or haven’t signed into the store). That includes GP mode, Multiplayer and 4 characters right from the start…

3. You can buy an All-Star move in single player modes. But it’s limited via a cooldown.

4. You can get starting items via the tumbler to give you a boost at the start of a race, but guess what, entirely optional.

5. That FaceBook login stuff allows us to do proper leaderboards for all events in a way that you can’t normally. It’s actually pretty cool to have a leaderboard per event and per difficulty.

It is also entirely optional.

With regards to the Race/Retry cost, each area of the game has a ‘Free’ Difficulty. This difficulty increases as you go through the game. You can earn Rings (and Stars) by playing any event, and you can in fact can play free events over and over to build up a stock on in-game currency. If you’re any good at the game (which I’d hope you would be) good chance you’ll race through the easier events in the earlier chapters and build up a stock.

For any event you play, you will always get more currency back than it costs if you succeed in beating the goal.

It’s quite similar to the SEGA miles in the original game basically. Or if you’ve played GT6, you’ll have the right kind of idea.

I repeat, you never have to pay anything, everything can be accessed through play and by earning in-game currency. You can opt to shortcut this if you want to pay, but it’s by no means compulsory.

BTW, you can also earn in-game currency playing online, which is entirely free.

I know how (un)popular IAP’s are, but we’ve tried to design this around them in a fair way, before you criticise too harshly, wait till some people have played it and seen what it’s like. I think you may be pleasantly surprised. For a start, there are more game events in there than the console version and some things that have been requested (such as upgradable vehicles) have made it into the mobile versions.

That’s all I can say on this right now, have a little faith in us though, there has been a lot of thought gone into this to make sure it offers choice but rewards play. Some people actually like being able to pay to get everything without any effort which is why the option is there.

Now I’m definitely one of those people who hate in game purchases but I will be grabbing this game and playing it like I do other pay to play games. Simply not paying and enjoying it as much as I can without needing to do that.

It seems to be a solid title without enforcing more purchases.

Last Updated: January 3, 2014

Gavin Mannion

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