When we visited with some of Sega’s mobile folks in New York back in October, one of the titles they showed that was not quite ready for release was “Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.” A “tweaked” version of the console sequel to “Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing,” the game was being completely rebuilt from the ground up specifically for mobile devices, and it looked promising even in its early form.
The wait for it to graduate to a fully developed version is over as of today. “Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed” is out now on the iOS App Store and on Google Play for Android, bringing with it racers like Sonic the Hedgehog (naturally), Tails, AiAi and Ryo Hazuki with his souped-up arcade cabinet. As the name suggests, the vehicles for all of the competitors transform into aquatic and airborne forms as the races take place across land, air and water on 13 dynamically changing courses.
Sega also wants you to play it against friends, so the game supports four-player local multiplayer races along with synchronous and asynchronous online matches. Social features include Facebook and Game Center integration that puts friends’ profile pics right above their karts so you always know who you just passed. And there’s support for controllers on both iOS and Android.
“Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed” is launching with a $4.99 price tag and also includes in-app purchases, though Sega claims there’s nothing for sale that can’t be earned by grinding out laps. We’ll see if that’s true; in the meantime, check out the launch trailer and dig the way it takes shots at other mobile racing games: