The Best New Sonic The Hedgehog Game In Two Decades Costs $1.99

And it’s a flagrant cash-in on a mobile gaming trend. But it’s so fun, who cares?

2. Remember Sonic?

You know, the blue speed-freak hedgehog that a lot of gamers actually preferred to Mario? Let’s do a quick crash course in what Mario has done in the 19 years since the last great Sonic game, Sonic and Knuckles.

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3. Well, in 1996, Mario basically invented the 3-D open-world game.

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4. Then, the next year, he starred in maybe the greatest casual racing game ever made.

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5. Oh, then in 1998, for a follow-up, he starred in maybe the greatest party game ever made.

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6. And we’d be remiss not to mention this:

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7. Anyhow, here’s what Sonic has been up to during the same time period. There was this, which was fine, sort of.

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8. But then there was this?

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9. And what the hell was this?

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10. Also, let’s try to forget about this.

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11. Oh, and the less said about “Sonic Unleashed,” the better.

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12. Finally, in 2010, Sega tried to take Sonic back to his roots. But the game was only OK. Sonic couldn’t go home anymore.

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13. Then, the next year, a game called “Temple Run” came out. It was fast, and addictive, and simple: everything a good Sonic game should be.

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14. (It also got downloaded more than 40 million times.)

And it was made by a husband and wife!

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15. Someone at Sega noticed. “Sonic Dash” came out last week, and it’s an unabashed copy of “Temple Run.”

You can buy it for iOS here.

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16. It’s also incredibly fun and addictive. It captures the spirit of Sonic, which we thought was lost.

(Sorry about the dubstep in the trailer)

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17. So the moral of the story is this: Let’s all send a giant thank-you to Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova, who made “Temple Run.”

And Sega, maybe send them a check.

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Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.
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