Review by: Thomas Braaksma
Sonic has left Mario behind for his latest venture on the iPhone. Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is a stripped down version of the Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games series. There are only four events, and only Sonic and friends are available to play. The events consist of figure skating, curling, snowboard cross and skeleton. The snowboard cross and skeleton games use the tilt steering of a typical racing game on the iPhone and bring nothing new or exciting. Curling might be the most entertaining, but with animation breaks it becomes tedious. The skating game uses the touch screen to trace and tap to control the skater, which gets old fairly quickly. The selection of characters is wide, but feels halfhearted without the Mario universe and the lackluster selection of games. Sonic at The Winter Olympic Winter Games comes out of the starting gate with much potential, but comes in dead last if players are looking for a game with lasting appeal. Sonic fanatics might find a place in their heart for this Sonic title, but it will loose the interest of other gamers very quickly.
Pros: Variety of Sonic characters. Smooth gameplay and clear graphics that utilize the iPhone screen well. Great presentation. Good time waster.
Cons: No Mario characters. The use of tilt motion is unoriginal. Little replay value. Gameplay is slow, even on the most entertaining of the events. Not worth the price.
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Pads and panels received a download of the game courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.