A new Sonic the Hedgehog platformer is coming to Apple Arcade

The blue hedgehog is on a roll!

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The key art for Sonic Dream Team, featuring Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Cream, and Rouge.

Subscription services have unfortunately become the norm, often becoming the only way to access specific media. They are also a detriment to the discoverability of art, as Matt wrote in 2022. But let’s be real: subscription services are a necessary evil at this point. If you were to avoid them all… well, the FOMO alone would be insane. Apple has multiple subscription services of their own, including Apple Arcade. And I’m not going to lie, it’s the home of many great titles (shoutout Wylde Flowers). It’s also the home to multiple titles from Sega, including Sonic Racing and Sonic Dash+. So the newly-announced Sonic Dream Team will fit right in.

Sonic Dream Team is an all-new adventure. The evil Dr. Eggman has discovered an ancient device with the power to manifest dreams in the real world – The Reverie. Sonic and his friends will have to navigate twisted dreamscapes to rescue others and put a stop to Dr. Eggman’s dreams of world domination. The game features six playable characters with unique abilities. Dash, climb, and fly your way to victory.

The playable six characters are Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Cream, and Rouge. Each one has their own flair and personality, fitting within three movement types that provide unique exploration opportunities while navigating the dream worlds.

Since these are dream worlds, they’re not entirely straightforward. They feature wall-running, gravity changes, and more. There are toys of favourite Sonic characters to complete, for those who like to really squeeze everything out of games possible.

There are four unique dream worlds with a total of 12 intricate levels. Four bosses will test your skills across movement types (so presumably each world has three levels).

Developed by HARDlight and published by Sega, Sonic Dream Team will be released for Apple Arcade on December 5. That means that it will be available (with subscription) for iPad, iPhone, Mac, and Apple TV.

Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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