It's more like eating a doughnut and complaining that you have to pay for it. The game is free to play so video ads are the way the developers make money. If you find them annoying, simply purchase the $1.99 Boom Boost pack and ads will disappear. I do agree with others saying that the free to play model sucks. I remember when Sonic Jump and Sonic Dash were paid downloads. Once they switched to this free to play model, the games got so much more limited and greedy.
Ok another update. Amy's running animation isn't girly anymore. I also believe they added some more animations and changed the enerbeam graphics.
On a note of bullshit, they capped players to 5 red rings a day. That's really shitty.
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One thing I noticed is that the latest update screwed over launch players because you lost like 10-15 levels due to XP changes. Today they released a free item package that restores your original level via XP boost which is really really nice.
Edit: Big warning, they fucked up the implementation. Your reward bar goes so slow so you have to literally stare at your screen for 5 minutes...
Edit 2: They nerfed Amy. The rings she gets from breaking stuff is cut to 5 from 10.
This game is actually really fun. It's a lot better than the original Sonic Dash game and it also feels so much more fast paced. It's also challenging enough to the point where it's fair and nothing bullshit like the original where you had 300 traps and bad camera angles. Right now I have Sonic and Amy in my team. Amy is probably one of the best characters considering every time she dashes she turns enemies and obstacles in rings. Equipped with my longer dash Sprite, enerbeam longer Sprite, and enerbeam more often Sprite, I get to dash pretty often and I rack up rings fast. It's also a weird plus but I find Boom Amy the best part about the Sonic Boom universe. Her design and animation is just perfect. On the topic of high score, I got 1 million points but then the guy I beat (400k) ended up with 2.5 million points. I was like... Yeah I'm not going up against this. I'm not exactly sure which character is the best for score bonuses. I have a feeling it'd have to be either Amy or Tails. I'm not sure how big the score bonus of Tails and Sonic actually impact and how much of an impact Amy does in comparison in the long run. Sprite wise, I find the longer dash very useful. I also find the enerbeam more often useful as it usually gives you almost enough energy for a dash. I recently unlocked the longer enerbeam which answered why this game has tilting on enerbeams. The longer enerbeams have more movement which is nice. However... I think some of the bugs have something to do with the enerbeam sprites. The game seems to freak out by placing jump pads and enerbeams next to each other and it happens more often with these sprites. I actually just got done where I hit an enerbeam and fell through the floor. On the topic of bugs, this game has quite a few of them. They're not really too bad as quitting does save all your progress but at the same time it's annoying to go through a good run and fall through the floor. The sound bug is also annoying where weird sounds still go through with sound effects off. It also seems like jumping after hitting the enerbeam box cancels it out which is an issue because objects appearing after these boxes still hit you even if you got the enerbeam before hand. On the topic of the Apple Watch app, it's kind of useful but kind of lame. It basically takes your statistics from the amount you walk from the watch and gives you a prize after hitting a certain milestone. It doesn't tell you what this milestone for some reason. I think the app could be better if they designed a giant map and labeled these milestones. Maybe x miles hits this area and y miles hits that area similar to how Wii Fit U has maps you explore. Actually, seeing Sonic Boom characters explore maps could potentially be very cool and exciting. I'm sure it'd encourage more people to try out the watch extension. I've gotten sprites and big boom boosts from the app though which is nice. Overall the game is very solid. I'd recommend it and I find it more fun and fair compared to the original. The tons of missions and challenges add replayability and so does the ability to change characters mid run. Also they brought in the weekly rankings from Sonic Runners into this game which should be nice. Oh I noticed something cool in the credits in that Sumo Digital worked on the game. Did not expect that at all.