Racing game Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed is now available for mobile users. You can purchase it for iOS or Android devices for $4.99.

In Racing Transformed, Sonic and his pals drive cars, planes and boats through courses filled with power-ups, hazards and shortcuts. The game's cast includes Tails, AiAi and Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki. Hazuki, interestingly enough, drives a vehicle with a built-in arcade cabinet. I guess he wants to squeeze in one last game of Space Harrier before dying in a head-on collision. Additional All-Stars will be added soon.

Sega initially released Racing Transformed on Xbox 360 and PS3 in November 2012. The game then spread to Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation Vita and PC. While the game seems like a knock-off of Mario Kart - and I guess it kind of is - the previous versions received favorable reviews. The consensus was that the game's a pretty good mixture of ideas from several kart titles. It's also proof that Sega isn't doomed to make terrible Sonic games for the rest of their days.

The mobile versions of Racing Transformed supports local and online multiplayer with up to four friends. You can hook the game up to Facebook if you wish so you can see your friends' ugly, ugly faces in the game. Touch, tilt, and gamepad controls are all available. The game also presents daily and weekly challenges to give your play session a little more structure.

Racing Transformed is $19.99 on PC and around twice that much on consoles. The $4.99 price tag for the mobile version is much cheaper but there are additional costs to consider. The game's Boss Characters Pack and Rival Characters Pack each cost $4.99. The Character Booster, which I guess gives you a leg up in progression, is another $9.99. If you want Racing Transformed's full content or you don't plan on playing on the go, you're better off getting one of the previously released versions of the game.

If you're interested in buying the mobile edition, you can find it on iTunes and Google Play.

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