Storm Chasers – The Chase Rating:
When storm in a teacup wasn’t small enough!
Get into the driver’s seat of a chase vehicle from Discovery Channel’s hit series Storm Chasers and track down your very own storm. Choose from the TIV2, the TVN or the Probe, navigate Midwestern backroads, and if you’re fast enough, catch a tornado. Features three mini-games of increasing difficulty to challenge even the most grizzled Storm Chaser.
Taking control of one of the vehicles from the show it’s your job to drive around a typically american countryside town in search of a storm which soon shows up on your radar along with a time limit for you to get there. The graphics here taking on the same top down look and graphics of GTA2 circa 1999, which isn’t bad for a device like the iPhone.
On arriving at the storm you are launched into a mini game specific to the difficulty/vehicle you are playing with. In easy mode you have to take photos as close to the eye of the storm as possible, in medium mode you have to drop probes in certain locations and in the hard mode you try to keep your vehicle on the road in a mini game akin to Sega’s Outrun, only you have to stop yourself leaving the tarmac as the storm blows around overhead. Repeat 3 times and your done with not even a hint of a highscore, just a “well done, try a harder difficulty.”
Sound wise everything is perfectly acceptable with realistic sound effects of wind, engine and beep noises all nicely sound tracked by generic rock and grunge music.
What really lets the game down is the steering, having to tilt the iPhone side to side to control your vehicle does not feel right because the controls will rarely (if ever) match what your hands are doing making it frustratingly hard to move around the environment with any degree of accuracy. Also having the difficulty linked to the vehicle/unique challenge makes the hard difficulty extra hard.
Sadly even with a great price and good graphics there just isn’t enough gameplay here for me to recommend to anyone other than a hardcore fan of the show
- Good Graphics
- Varied challenges…
The Not so Good
- …that have some balancing issues
- Frustrating steering
- Not enough gameplay
Reviewed by: @TylerDurdan