The sequel to the successful infinite runner from Sega is here. “Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom” is now available for iOS devices and a companion app for the game is also available to those who own an Apple Watch.

Much like its predecessor, “Sonic Dash 2” is a free-to-play infinite runner where players control Sonic or any of his friends, as they collect rings and defeat bosses. One of the major differences in the sequel is the design of the characters, which are based on the “Sonic Boom” animated series. Sonic has a scarf and gloves, Knuckles is gigantic and Tails wears goggles since he flies.

Another major difference that Pocket Gamer pointed out is the fact that players can now switch between three characters during a run. This is an important part of the gameplay, as there will be new challenges that are specific to certain characters. For example, Sonic is obviously the best choice for the running challenges; while Tails has flight based ones.

Interestingly enough, the game’s companion app on the Apple Watch is fairly unique. According to Polygon, the app gives players prizes in the game for the number of steps they do, making this the first fitness app to feature Sonic.

It is somewhat surprising to see Sonic used for fitness now, since the character has always been known for his speed. Most people would think that there would be a number of fitness based games or applications based on Sega’s mascot, but this is the first time one has been made.

The app has 45 different sprites of the characters, each one having a different ability to aid the player in the actual game. Some sprites can increase the length of dashes or even shield Sonic and his friend from obstacles. Fans can expect more sprites in the future.

“Sonic Dash” was downloaded 100 million times in the App Store, making it one of the most played titles for mobile devices. It will be interesting to see if the sequel can break the same ground. A version for the Android was originally soft-launched and will be released sometime after the iOS version.

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SONIC DASH 2: SONIC BOOM (Credit: YouTube/SEGA Europe)