Extreme Formula for iPhone 4 A shiny racer with not enough polish

Extreme Formula iPhone Game

Extreme Formula Rating: ★★½☆☆

When Extreme Formula fell into my lap for a review I was quite excited, I had been waiting for a racing game as good as the WipeOut range to be available for the iPhone for some time now and at first glance the futuristic graphics and dance music beats had me on the edge of my seat.

This was not to remain for long though as for while Extreme Formula has much packed in the execution has not been so well delivered.

There are mutiple racing options in Extreme Formula including online multi-player via GameCenter integration, however during numerous attempts I was never able to find someone to race against so I always returned to the single player mode to the single player options to see if things had got any better since the last time I bounced around the track.

Across the different racing modes you get to drive your futuristic machine around more than 20 different tracks, each one with it’s own unique undulations, power-up placements and competitors. The tracks look pretty good, certainly very shiny and new, however they also feel very staid and as you are racing around them they become rather tedious.

Extreme Formula iPhone

Not that you should be concentrating on your surroundings too much when racing as you should be gripped to your seat instead as your vehicle hurtles around the track. Unfortunately despite the relatively simple control setup the response between your actions and that of the car felt a little delayed and unresponsive.

This is highlighted especially during moments where drifting is required to get around tight corners, it just doesn’t seem natural and I ended up getting very frustrated.

It’s nice that the cars can be upgraded both from a performance and pimping point of view but while these tweaks are nice without the underlying gameplay to back it up it ultimately feels rather pointless.

Extreme Formula iPhone 4

Things do improve slightly when playing the game on the iPad, this is a universal app so you get the game for both the iPad and the iPhone for the one price.

After a handful of races things did start to improve slightly but not enough to put this game anywhere near the range quality racing games that are available in the App Store. At $3.99 it is less than some of the top quality games but that doesn’t make it anymore of an attractive offering.

Pros

  • Shiny graphics
  • Universal app
  • Multiple racing options

Cons

  • Stiff controls
  • Feels like a last gen game on a next gen device
  • Not enough polish

$3.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Updated: Jan 13, 2011
Current Version: 1.1
1.1
Size: 98.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: GOGN Entertainment
© 2010 GOGN Entertainment Inc.
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

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