As the title suggest Ducati Challenge for iPhone is a motobike racing game especially for the Ducati enthusiast. Having said that however the game will also appeal to all motorbike racers as knowledge or love of the Ducati range of bikes is not required.
The game is part sim part arcade style with the looks of a sim racer, accurate bikes, beautiful tracks and realistic racing but easy racing, no customization and difficult to crash. It’s a nice balance though and makes it easy to pick up and play.
All the standard game modes are included, Quick Challenge, Championship and a local multi-player are all offered. The tracks in Quick Challenge becomming available as you unlock them across the 3 championships modes which cover Easy, Medium and Hard difficulty levels.
As mentioned previously the game is easy to play, the accelerometer controls your steering while virtual buttons on the left and right bottom corners of the screen act as your accelerator and brake. Not that you will need your brake if you leave the default settings enabled where the bike will auto-brake for you.
If you want a bit more of a challenge however I would recommend turning this feature off as it will immediately up the difficulty level regardless of the level you are playing on.
The AI riders are relatively laid back in their riding and collisions generally only occur when you drive into them rather than the other way round. The game is relatively forgiving when it comes to crashing, knocking other riders and/or the scenery will require a lot of speed if it’s actually going to hit you off of your bike.
While coming off of your bike is forgiving getting your line wrong around the track is less so and this is where your competitors will look to take advantage.
Each of the tracks look great, I especially enjoyed the tracks that went in and out of city streets, and as you progress you will unlock more tracks and more Ducati’s each one more powerful than the rest.
The championship modes include over 20 challenges in total but even after completing these the local wifi multi-player and the 25 achievements that can be unlocked via GameCenter will keep you entertained for a little while longer. Shame no online multi-player is available however.
The other frustrations with the game are the navigation system which while looking nice the buttons are often difficult to hit accurately and the sound which both from a music and sound effects point of view are a little uninspiring.
The game is available on both the iPhone and iPad although while there appears to be little difference between the two titles it’s not a universal app and therefore requires to be purchased twice if you wanted to play on both devices should you have them.
- Good looking graphics
- Ducati lovers dream
- Easy to pick up and play
- No online multi-player
- Tricky menu system