https://touchreviews.net iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Asphalt 8: Airborne Review – Racing Takes New Leaps and Rolls https://touchreviews.net/asphalt-8-airborne-review/ https://touchreviews.net/asphalt-8-airborne-review/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:27:15 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22917 Read More]]> Asphalt 8 Airborne Review-4

Gameloft has seen huge success with its arcade style racing game, the Asphalt series. This game has always been popularly known for its nitro infused fast game play and crazy stunts. Asphalt 7: Heat offered great improvement in the widely popular series and now we have Asphalt 8: Airborne.

Asphalt 8: Airborne takes the popular arcade style racing and adds new twists and surprises that continue to excite the player even as the racing category in the App Store already offers some of the best games. However, with Asphalt 8, Gameloft seems to have a clear goal to be a top contender for the best racing title of 2013.

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The gameplay largely remains the same where you have career mode, multiplayer mode, social challenges, quick solo or local Wi-Fi mode. In the career mode you advance by winning events and gaining enough stars to unlock the next event. As you win events you also win in-game currency to upgrade your existing car or purchase new upgrades to enhance the performance of your car.

Gameloft has made the selection of cars for a particular event easy by categorising cars in D, C, B, A, S categories and assigning each car a “rank”. Sometimes it’s difficult to asses if the performance or speed of one car would make a significant difference in the race. This is where the new ranking system comes into play. In each race you will be shown recommended rank which can act as a guiding factor to decide which should be the next car you should purchase.

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If the car you own has a lower rank then you might just have to perform a “near perfect” race in order to stand a chance to win the career event. That brings us to the new difficulty level in Asphalt 8. Gameloft has tweaked the way the AI works in this new version. If the AI car is faster and higher rank it won’t be easy to defeat it. The top speeds of the high-end cars won’t let you overtake them even you continue to use nitro boosts. And if you’re unlucky and your car gets wrecked then you probably stand no chance to cover the loss of time. In the previous versions even if your car got wrecked a few times it was usually easy to cover up the distance. However, be prepared to be challenged to the extreme in Asphalt 8 for iPhone and iPad.

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The difficulty level is also tied to in-app purchases where you can purchase extra credits and car packs to make your virtual racing career easier. Credit packs allow you to be free to spend on any car you wish to purchase and car packs include a good mix of high end cars. Credits start as low as $1.99 and go up-to a max of $99.99. While it may be tempting to purchase more credits or cars it is not necessary to advance in the game.

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While playing career mode you may not earn that many credits to unlock expensive cars however, this is where multiplayer modes comes to your rescue. The multiplayer mode in Asphalt 8 puts you against 7 other players selected on the base of your level and car selected. This is by far the most enjoyable mode of the game as you race against real players across the world as opposed to AI. If you manage to stand anywhere between 1st or 3rd you will be able to earn decent amount of credits which will help you to unlock cars and purchase upgrades faster.

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So, overall I found the gameplay difficulty was well balanced. On one hand the career mode challenges you to extreme limits whereas the multiplayer mode balances the gameplay and gives you a chance to show your racing skills against real players. While for most players career and multiplayer mode will occupy the most time, it doesn’t stop there. In addition to these mode there is solo race, Wi-Fi and even a friend feed where you can race against your friends ghost and brag about defeating their best time. Also, another interesting feature added this year is the ability to race against your own ghost timing in any career event you’ve attempted before.

There are six types of racing events in Asphalt 8. These include classic, elimination, versus, knockdown, new infected mode and gate drift. Each racing event is unique and adds new twists to the gameplay. So, it always keeps the race interesting even as you advance in the career mode.

Spoiler alert:: If you don’t want to know about the all-new infected mode then skip this paragraph. In the infected mode at regular intervals the racer in last place gets “infected”. The “infected” racer has limited time before the car explodes and then spawns back into the game. In order to increase the time before your car explodes you can hit other cars and in turn “infecting” them. What makes this even more interesting is that each infected car gets unlimited nitro boost. In the end the racer finishing the race first wins the game. This mode adds new twist to the gameplay and is a welcome addition. It was both enjoyable and challenging at the same time.

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Gameloft has worked really hard on the 3D game environment and it shows. The game features some of the most scenic locations worldwide. You will be able to cruise from Nevada to Iceland to Tokyo to French Guiana to London to Barcelona to Alps to Venice to Monaco. This year the 3D locations have been enhanced with natural disasters and even events like a space shuttle taking off in French Guiana. Every time you race through these locations it never gets boring to notice these events happening even as you are busy tapping the nitro boost to race ahead.

The graphics are highly detailed and the physics engine performs very well. It includes an excellent selection of cars like Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Chevrolet Corvette, Mini Cooper, Aston Martin and many more. The selection of cars is great and has something for everyone. These cars have highly detailed graphics. When you view the cars in the garage you’ll be able to view even the shockers, exhaust pipes and the body of car reflecting the environment around it. When you are racing you can view the shockers in play as your car slightly bounces when you make a hard landing on the ground.

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This brings us to the “Airborne” moniker. In Asphalt 8 you’ll be literally “flying” for short bursts of “air time”. The roads also include ramps to assist you in leaping into the air. Some ramps have slight turn that enable you perform rolls. Here’s a tip, don’t be in a hurry to go onto to the ramp. If your speed isn’t fast enough you’re more likely to get wrecked.

I was particularly happy about the sounds in the game. The sound effects interact with the game as you crash into public property or even as the competing cars come in close proximity you can hear the engine of other cars firing up. This year you even get to choose between three music genres while playing the game.

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Camera angles certainly play a crucial role in making a racing game exciting and giving it the edge of the seat excitement. The settings menu in Asphalt 8 offers immersive, close and fixed angles. As your car races into the air the camera angle pans to show a dramatic cinematic view. However, the camera view also highlights a disappointment in Asphalt 8. There is no in-car view so you don’t get to sit in the drivers seat to experience the adrenaline rush of a real racing game. There are no side view or back view mirror assists so you just have to rely on the mini map to avoid overtakes. The game lacks in this area and this is something we’d like Gameloft to improve in Asphalt 9.

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The default tilt to steer control works well however, you may notice as you buy upgrades, handling and acceleration the performance will greatly enhance. But, for those who prefer complete control there are other control options included like manual acceleration, screen controls and more.

Asphalt 8: Airborne for iPhone and iPad retains the best arcade style racing game title on the App Store. New playing modes, realistic 3D graphics, amazing sound effects and months of playing value make this game a must have for all those who love racing games and even for those who haven’t tried one yet.

[rating: 4.5/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/asphalt-8-airborne-review/feed/ 0 Real Racing 3 Releasing on February 28, free-to-play https://touchreviews.net/real-racing-3-releasing-february-28-freetoplay/ https://touchreviews.net/real-racing-3-releasing-february-28-freetoplay/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:23:34 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22107 Read More]]> Real Racing 3 free-to-play

Firemonkeys have announced that Real Racing 3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will be available for download on February 28th. The adrenaline rushing racing simulation has been widely popular on the App Store. The original Real Racing was developed by Firemint and then developers released the second version. The developers were then acquired by EA.

The third installment of the racing simulation will be free-to-play. Real Racing 3 features “46 licensed vehicles covering 3 classes, a 22 car grid, real world tracks, 8 varied event types and 900+ events.” The freemium model will make the newest racing title from EA free to download and then unlock content either by advancing in the game or by buying in-game content.

Real Racing 3 was designed from the ground up to be a free to play experience. We are so excited about this game and wanted it to be accessible to everyone so we didn’t want there to be any barriers to entry.

The title features “Time Shifted” multiplayer mode, where you can compete with another players race even if they’re not online at the same time. What’s interesting about this feature is that your race could impact the other users’ time as you race to win.

The developers promise to “add more free and exciting content with every update.” Real Racing 3 is certainly one of the highly anticipated racing games on iOS for 2013 and it will be interesting to see how the freemium model works out for EA.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/real-racing-3-releasing-february-28-freetoplay/feed/ 1 VS. Racing Review – A Miniature Marvel of Top Down Racing https://touchreviews.net/vsracing-review/ https://touchreviews.net/vsracing-review/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:29:04 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20962 Read More]]> VS. RacingVS. Racing for iPhone is the first game from Maciek Drejak Labs and is a top down racer which reminds me of the old school classic Super Sprint.

The game gives you a top down view of the racing track with you and your opponents taking up just a handful of pixels as you race around a variety of tracks that twist and turn around the screen.

The tracks are to scale with the miniature cars but despite their size they provide lots of detail, tricky corners, fast straights and various surfaces that affect the handling of the cars.

The game has a narrative in the single player mode where you play the role of Ryan, a rookie racing driver who you have to bring up through the ranks of five championships on your way to the World Championship Finals.

VS. Racing iPhoneWhile the narrative is fun it’s pretty irrelevant to the racing and luckily it doesn’t get in the way of it either. In fact you can move from race to race pretty quickly which means the action keeps coming thick and fast.

You have a choice of controls for your car which includes both touch and accelerometer controls. My weapon of choice was the touch controls which I found very responsive. You only need to worry about steering as acceleration is automatic.

Included with the auto-acceleration is a speed boost which helps you catch up if you are running behind the leader, however this is a double edge sword as this speed boost also applies to your opponents so large leads can be eaten into pretty quickly.

VS. Racing ReviewThis is no bad thing though as it keeps all of the races exciting right up until the last corner and while this may be a little frustration the speed in which you can replay the race means that you can get your revenge very quickly.

The multi-player options are local bluetooth & wifi and Facebook leaderboards which includes a Ghost Mode so that you can races against your friends ghost cars. These are fun alternatives to the single player mode but GameCenter integration and online multi-player would be nice additions.

If you enjoy racing games of all descriptions you won’t be disappointed with VS. Racing especially if you can grab it while it’s still free. With future free updates also promised this could be a real bargain.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/vsracing-review/feed/ 1 Rock(s) Rider Review – Fun and Challenging Racing Game on Two Wheels https://touchreviews.net/rocks-rider-review/ https://touchreviews.net/rocks-rider-review/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:00:50 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20891 Read More]]> Rocks Rider review_5

While car racing games dominate the App Store racing market there are those that prefer 2 wheeled transport and for those people there’s a new ride in town in the form of Rock(s) Rider, a new universal game that’s available in the App Store right now.

Rock(s) Rider is a trials based motorcycle game where your opponents are both a variety of obstacles and the clock and is based in a DaftPunk style warehouse full of ramps, jumps, loops and fireworks, yes fireworks!

If you’ve played Bike Baron before then you’ll have the basic idea of what you are in for here, however while Bike Baron is cartoon style arcade game, Rock(s) Racer is more of a simulator, with a few bells and whistles added for good measure.

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The graphics look great, from the line-drawn design on the I game navigation to the industrial graphics of the levels themselves you aren’t going to be disappointed and the pleasure is matched in the audio department too where a pumping soundtrack and great sounding audio effects create an environment which you’ll want to keep coming back to.

Despite the claustrophobic confines of the warehouse each level is packed with action and controlling your two wheeled chariot over and through these obstacles is fun, challenging and at times frustrating.

These frustrations come from some of the level designs which can often leave your motorcycle trapped in a position that it can’t get out of. Sure you can go back to your last check point but the fact that you can even get stuck is, as I mentioned before, frustrating.

That frustration aside the game is a lot of fun, the controls are accurate and have multiple configurations so that you can choose between virtual buttons and touch controls but a combination of them both too, add to that the ability to control the sensitivity of them means that you have no excuse to control your bike with skill and accuracy!

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And the bike responds well to these controls to and after a few rides you should be able to get the bike to do pretty much as you please. Of course that may sound like the challenge to the game is over at that point, you’d be wrong though as the real challenge comes not only from control the bike but from anticipating the tracks, collecting the relevant objects and finding the hidden objects too.

All of this takes place across 24 progressively difficult levels, bonus levels and additional levels promised at a later stage too, as you progress you will unlock features for your bike and character as well as a 3 wheeled bike that you can use on the bonus levels. Once you think you’ve mastered the various tracks though you’ll find yourself racing side by side with the bosses who are out to prevent you taking their crown.

Leaderboards and 40 achievements are provided via GameCenter integration which provide additional challenge to the game and while it’s a Universal app there is no synchronization of your progress between devices.

Rock(s) Rider, despite its frustrations, is a fun and challenging game, if you like you racing action on two wheels then this could be $2.99 well spent.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/rocks-rider-review/feed/ 0 President’s Day iPhone / iPad App Sale Prices Down to $.99 https://touchreviews.net/presidents-day-iphone-ipad-app-sale-prices-down-99/ https://touchreviews.net/presidents-day-iphone-ipad-app-sale-prices-down-99/#comments Sun, 19 Feb 2012 19:15:56 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19489 Read More]]>

It seems to be tradition now that every holiday brings a binge of iOS price cutting and Presidents Day is no different and many of the major publishers have started already.

Here are some of the highlights:-

iPhone / iPod Touch

iPad

Universal

All the racing games by Electronic Arts have been a huge hit and worthy of having them on your iOS device if you love the racing genre. One the must have games would have to be Gangstar Rio: City of Saints as it offers real value for money being universal and offers one of the best crime based gaming experience.

Heard of any others? Post them in the comments below or tweet me at @4forkssake.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/presidents-day-iphone-ipad-app-sale-prices-down-99/feed/ 0 Apple Approves ‘GameStore’ App Accidentally and then Pulls it From App Store https://touchreviews.net/apple-approves-gamestore-app-accidentally-pulls-app-store/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-approves-gamestore-app-accidentally-pulls-app-store/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 16:46:26 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19053 Read More]]>

On Sunday, Apple approved an app, titled GameStore, with an icon of what appeared to be a shopping cart in the far left corner. Screen shots for the app didn’t reveal much information.

Two German sites, Flo’s Weblog (Google translation) and iFun.de (Google translation) posted images and a link to the app. The app debuted on December 31st on the App Store and highighted several racing games, although none contained any actual content.

GameStore may have simply been an internal test for Apple, and has since been removed from the App Store. TUAW’s Erica Sadun reported that the app may have simply been sample code for an in-app purchasing developer test, and was likely mistakenly approved.

What developers do is upload a working skeleton application to iTunes Connect. You do this with the full understanding that you’ll be replacing or, for tutorials, rejecting your binary at some point in the future. Once uploaded, you can test your IAPs, and make sure all your purchasing processes work. Looks like the app was submitted in order to provide a live testbed and may have gotten approved inadvertently.

After consulting with the TUAW team, our take on this is “likely sample code accidentally deployed to App Store” by Apple and then quickly pulled once people took notice. TUAW reached out directly to the developer we suspect was behind the app upload before it got pulled.

The app was priced at $0.99 and mentioned a post date for June, 9, 2009, which was during Apple’s WWDC conference and prior to the introduction of in-app purchasing.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-approves-gamestore-app-accidentally-pulls-app-store/feed/ 0 Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPhone Now Available on the App Store https://touchreviews.net/need-for-speed-hot-pursuit-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/need-for-speed-hot-pursuit-iphone/#comments Wed, 17 Nov 2010 22:26:49 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=12593 Read More]]> Need for Speed Hot Pursuit iPhone

We recently featured 5 of the best racing games for iPhone and talked about how Need for Speed Shift provides an unparalleled gaming experience in the racing genre on the App Store. On Tuesday EA Mobile released their latest game called Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and it is available for $4.99 (View in iTunes).

The game offers a lot of content with 24 career events, different environments and 20 stunning police cars. EA sent us a review copy of this game and after playing it for a while I can surely say that the realistic 3D graphics are very impressive and the developers have done a great job with the controls (more on that in the review).

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If you enjoyed any game from the Need for Speed series for iPhone then this game is certainly worth checking out. Check back soon for a detailed review and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/need-for-speed-hot-pursuit-iphone/feed/ 0 5 Of The Best Racing Games For iPhone We’re Still Playing https://touchreviews.net/5-best-racing-games-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/5-best-racing-games-iphone/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 15:42:38 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=12419 Read More]]> If you love the excitement of racing with your friends in the hottest car around and boasting about your latest championship win then you need to check out these racing games. We have selected 5 games which we think are still the best racing games for iPhone in the app store.

Real Racing

Real Racing

It is not possible in the ‘real’ world to have a race down your local highway with your adoring fans cheering you on at the side but Real Racing developed by Firemint provides the most realistic gaming experience. There are 5 different modes. Challenge friends via local multiplayer or do a Time Trial where you can try to beat your friends and have the best race time. There is a career mode where you work your way through the game and end up being as the Real Racing champion. You can join an online league or if you don’t have much time just play the quick race.

The game offers a great choice of surroundings to drive through and a good variety of surfaces to drive on. Added to that there are great sound effects with engines revving and lots of cheering from the crowds. There is also a good selection of cars to drive and even more when you have unlocked them through out the game.

The controls can be adjusted to how you prefer to drive the car. You can touch and steer or tilt your device. If you want help with the brakes and accelerating that also can be adjusted. Great for beginners and racing pros.

The game offers lots of features and ways to play. If you want to show your skills you can even post a video of your race to YouTube. There is also Game Center integration for you to race up the leader board in the time trial mode. The graphics are very good and realistic and with the sounds and audience participation it makes you feel like it is the real thing, I guess that is why they call it Real Racing! ($4.99, View in iTunes)

Need For Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

The game gives you an unparalleled gaming experience with superior physics-based accelerated 3D graphics with OpenGL ES 2.0 integrations, which in my opinion has set a new standard in iPhone gaming and you will no longer miss the console version when you are on the move.

In Need For Speed Shift for iPhone the focus is on precision driving. Your main goal is to build your driver profile, earn enough stars to unlock events, earn cash to unlock 20 stunning cars and customize them to your taste. The game offers 3 international locations to race in (Chicago, London & Tokyo) which are packed with 18 unique tracks and various race modes. ($6.99, View in iTunes)

Fast & Furious The Game

Fast Furious The Game

Developed by I-play this racing game is just like the blockbuster hit with lots of noisy street car racing. There are seven different modes to play Road, Drift, Drag, GPS, Tunnel, Pursuit and Evade race. You also have the choice of 36 cars to drive, all varied in performance and giving you a different driving experience. The races are situated in different places from Mexico to Los Angeles to the Dominican Republic.

You can play with your friends iPhone-to-iPhone via wifi or choose a ghost race from another player to try and beat. This is where you download a race that as been completed by someone else and you then race it and try beat their time.

The game also offers online features to edit your profile and create custom leader boards. You can also post your best times to twitter. ($0.99, View in iTunes)

Stick Stunt Biker

Stick Stunt Biker

The maker of Rope ’n’ Fly Robert Szeleney brings you this 2D Stunt Biker racing game and did I mention it is a stick rider? You need to guide your stick stunt driver along the track  as fast as you can. Watching out for obstacles and making huge jumps. Watch out though, fall off you bike and you fall to pieces, literally!

The controls are a little different at first, it took several attempts to master it. After you get used to them though they do enable you control the bike in quite an easy manner and it becomes very natural. You use the left corner for the brake and the right for accelerating. Then you use tilt on your device to lean forward or backwards.

There is also a ghost feature where you can race with your previous time and try improve on it. Your world ranking is also displayed after each race so you can see how well you are doing. The races vary from easy to difficult which is great if you are starting out.

A good racing game that can be picked up at any time for a quick play. ($0.99, View in iTunes)

Hardcore Dirt Bike

Hardcore Dirt Bike

Brought to you by Xlabtech Hardcore Dirt Bike is a great motocross racing game. From the start you will be amazed by the 3D graphics and this is straight away from when you are using the impressive main menu. Once you have selected your skill level, bike and track you are ready to race.

There are 5 tracks to choose from and all offer different backgrounds and scenery and all very impressive and realistic. You also have 12 different bikes to pick from and all with different power, grip and brake features. The sound effects are also what you would expect if you were at an actual race.

The tracks and bikes have to be unlocked as you go, so at first you have limited options. It will have you coming back and playing just to unlock each bike and offers great replay value. ($2.99, View in iTunes)

So there you have the 5 best racing games we are still playing. Which racing games are you playing at the moment? Let us know in the comments below.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/5-best-racing-games-iphone/feed/ 6 Real Racing 2 for iPhone Coming Soon https://touchreviews.net/real-racing-2-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/real-racing-2-iphone/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:15:03 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=12385 Read More]]> Real Racing 2 iPhone

Firemint today sent us a teaser image of their upcoming game “Real Racing 2″ for iPhone. No details were provided all we got was the image above. The original Real Racing from Firemint is one of the best realistic racing games on the App Store. The game has already won many awards and was also the winner of the Apple Design Award 2010 for setting a new standard for the amazing quality and console-like performance on the iPhone.

Real Racing was one of the first racing games to feature the in-car cockpit view and the developers have been continually updating the game by adding new features. With more than 76 events in the full career mode, 5 modes of play and multiplayer capabilities the game offers endless hours of adrenaline pumping racing action.

If you seriously love racing games then you probably own Real Racing for iPhone (View in iTunes) already. It will be interesting to see what Firemint has in store for us with Real Racing 2.

Check back soon for more details.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/real-racing-2-iphone/feed/ 0 Reckless Racing for iPhone. A Top Down Racer That Sets New Standards https://touchreviews.net/reckless-racing-review/ https://touchreviews.net/reckless-racing-review/#comments Sun, 24 Oct 2010 20:29:17 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=11443 Read More]]> Reckless Racing iPhone_1

Reckless Racing [rating: 4.5/5]

EA a renowned name for producing quality titles across all devices and no more so than the range of games they’ve produced for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Most of these games however are big named games ported from other game systems, Reckless Racing however breaks that mold as it debuts onto Apple’s handheld device.

There have been top down racers before but none on a held device that matches the quality of Reckless Racing especially in the graphics department. The tracks may be small but they are beautifully formed and as you race around them it’s difficult not to notice the attention to detail that has been put into this game.

From the dust and dirt being spun up by the spinning tires, the water bubbling over rocks in the stream that you have to drive through at times and the detail in the buildings that crowd the track the game just sparkles, especially on the iPhone 4’s Retina Display. The beauty doesn’t deminish either when playing online or suffer from slow down which is good to see.

The sound, the music at least, could be pretty decisive, with a banjo laden track being repeatidly played throughout the game. This can be turned off however so if it does get on your nerves it can be easily switched of. The sound effects are effective too with the cars sounding suitably throaty as they charge around the off tracks.

The single player game is split into three modes, Dirt Rally, Hot Lap and Delivery. The first two pretty much speak for themselves, in Dirty Lap you race against either 4 or 6 AI controlled cars to win a race over a set number of laps while in Hot Lap it’s just you against the clock, and your ghost, as you race around the 5 tracks on your own.

One of the down sides to Reckless Racing is the number of tracks especially considering how small they are. Individually the size of the tracks is just perfect for the racing but overall having only five tracks, 10 if you count the reverse of them, is rather limiting and I certainly hope that more tracks become avialable in a future update.

The final game type is Delivery, a unique addition which tasks you with collecting trailers of goods and delivery them as quickly as possible. This mode is played on a new unique track and can be played over 3, 5 or 8 minutes at a time. Deliver the goods fast and you will be rewarded with more money. I liked this addition to the game and if more tracks are added to this mode too and it gets added to the multi-player option then it will make a great game even better.

So that brings me on to the multi-player option. Playing certain games against your friends and other real people online an make or break a game and so it is great to see online multi-player added to Reckless Racing from the word go. As mentioned previously the two modes available to play online are Dirt Rally and Hot Lap and the host of the game gets to choose which type of race you’ll be playing.

When playing online you are taken into a Lobby where all the hosted games are listed. Considering this game has only just launched I was pleased to see the amount of games available to join. Listed in the Lobby is the name of the race, entered by the host, and the current number of players. What’s not included is the type of race being played or whether the race is in progress or not. It would be nice to see these options available in the Lobby before entering the race.

There’s also no overall ranking or leagues to compete in so while racing online is smooth and has little or no lag in my experience the fact that there is no lasting reward to it other than race itself left it feeling a little lacking. That being said the online racing is fun and adds extra value to the overall gaming experience.

All of this however would amount to nothing if the controls weren’t up to the task. No worries there though either as there are five, yes five, sets of controls to choose from as well as the ability to choose auto accelerate and the sensitivity of your steering. Standard steering mode was my favorite, utilizing four separate buttons for left, right, accelerate and reverse seemed to offer the maximum level of control and dexterity, having id that though having tank, tilt, half wheel and whole wheel options will enable everyone the opportunity to find the right solution for them.

For some people used to paying no more than 99 cents for a game may see the $2.99 price tag two high, for me however it’s worth every cent and should further updates add more tracks and online rankings it while make this game easily my #1 game on the iPhone 4.

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Cons

$2.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Released:Oct 21, 2010
Version:1.1.5
1.1.5
39.3 MB
Languages:English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Seller:Electronic Arts
Reckless Racing (TM) © 2010 Pixelbite AB. All Rights Reserved.
Rated 4+
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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MotoGP 2010 [rating: 4/5]

While the title Official MotoGP 2010 suggests that you are purchasing a motorcycle racing simulation style game that’s not exactly the case, however does that make it a bad thing?

There aren’t a huge quantity of motorcycle racing games for iOS devices compared to the car racing genre and even less when you take into account the number focusing on road/track racing rather than the off road variety. However, many consider MotoGP to be the pinnacle of track racing so it should be the only motorcycling game you ever need, right?

As you would expect with an officially licensed game it includes all 18 riders and more importantly the 17 circuits from the 2010 calender from all over the world. One minute you’ll be at 45 degrees racing in Spain while the next time you find yourself with your knee rubbing across the tarmac at high speed in Holland, the USA or Japan. It’s a multi-cultural sport and the tracks reflect this.

The tracks look good and the bikes and riders look good too especially at high speed.

The game can be played in two modes, Quick Play will launch you into a race in any of the tracks that you’ve unlocked in the other mode which is Championship Mode.

Championship Mode as you would expect allows you to test your skills against the best MotoGP riders in the world. You have the option to qualify initially so that you can start as far up the grip as possible before taking to the race itself.

The game uses the same method as many racing games these days with the bike auto-accelerating and with virtual buttons in the bottom left and right of the screen enabling you to brake and give your acceleration a boost respectively.

This works well allowing you to concentrate on the more precise task of steering use of the accelerometer. The physics of the bike make the steering more difficult than a car however after a few races you’ll soon find yourself leaning into and sweeping around even the tightest of corners.

The three difficulty levels rank up the difficulty and pressure pretty evenly and while you may find yourself easily winning the Championship playing at Rookie level the heat of the battle will intensify as you progress through the Professional and Legend levels putting you into more of a dog fight with your opponents which actually makes the game much more fun.

Trophies and achievements can also be won for completing the Championship as each rider and for some some less standard successes such as overtaking 3 opponents in a row or for crashing three times in a race. However, the one thing that would add the most value for money to the game would be a multi-player option which is unfortunately lacking.

All in all though the Official MotoGP 2010 iPhone game is a great representation of the sport, it doesn’t add many bells and whistles to the genre but if you are looking for a change from the standard car racing games this could certainly be the game for you.

Pros

Cons

Reviewed on an iPhone 4

Price: $3.99 (App Store)
Category: Games
Released:Aug 12, 2010
Reviewed Version:1.0.0
Size: 59.0 MB
Language:English
Seller: Digital Bridges Limited t/a I-play
© 2010. Published by I-play. All Rights Reserved. I-play is a trademark and trading name of Oberon Media, Inc. and its subsidiaries. © Dorna Sports S.L 2010
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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The special iPad™ version of the successful racing game Rally Master Pro™ is expected to be available on the App Store end of September.

Hamburg, Germany, 06 August 2010 – Rally Master Pro™ already made players sweat on the iPhone. Thanks to impressive graphics, dynamic lighting, and realistic 4 point driving physics, even the Java version of the game, and later the iPhone™ version, encouraged players to hurl their rally racers to better and better times across the steppe, gravel, or ice. Now the award-winning racing game has been revised for the iPad™ and the Beta version will be introduced by the developer FISHLABS at the gamescom in the Business Centre Hall 4.2, Booth M034.

In keeping with the high resolution of the Apple computer, the Rally Master Pro™ graphics have been elevated to the iPad™ level and offer unparalleled racing pleasure. The sophisticated driving physics, which individually calculates each wheel according to the weather and the corresponding driving characteristics, along with the customisable controls, creates the perfect illusion of a real hard-core rally. Each of the 27 courses in the game has its own personality: tight curves, wet asphalt, and icy turns challenge players’ driving skills. Help is provided by the co-pilot, who gives instructions to avoid totalling the racer. With the unique, interactive replay, the last stage can be studied with numerous vehicle and TV cameras and individual sequences can be fast forwarded and rewound. The 3D damage model provides information about the condition of the car at any time – the vehicle can be repaired for the next test between stages in a variety of mini-games. Course best times and rally records can also be uploaded on-line to compare with friends and players from around the world.

In addition to these features, the iPad™ version now also offers an Arcade mode, which players can activate for every course. In this mode, the vehicle does not take damage, and even less ambitious players can beat the tough time limits. Thanks to the new ghost function in the Time Trial mode, drivers can also train even more intensely and gradually approach their best time before later immortalising their best times on-line in the Simulation mode.

Key Features:

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Drift Mania Championship

Drift Mania Championship for iPhone is an upcoming game from Ratrod Studio Inc. which has been developed in collaboration with the professional Drifting League in Canada, DMCC. As the name suggests the game would heavily rely on different drifting techniques.

One of the interesting and unique gameplay features which stands out in the screenshots is the dedicated “Hydraulic Handbrake” The developers promise stunning 3D graphics with realistic drift controls including a variable throttle system and hydraulic handbrake which will give you a real drifting experience on your iPhone.

The game has been submitted to Apple and is pending approval. It will probably be available worldwide next week and priced for only $0.99

We will be tracking the release of this game and publish a review when it is available on the App Store. Stay tuned for more info.

Drift Mania Championship iPhone

Game Description & Features

Drifting is the act of maneuvering a vehicle through corners at speeds and angles that exceed the vehicle’s grip. A drift is when a driver performs a controlled slide through corners while adhering to the racing line. Drifting involves fast cars, super skilled drivers and hardcore fans.

It’s a combination of driving skill, style and showmanship. It’s all about loss of the rear wheel traction while keeping the race car in total control.
Drifting is so popular because it brings all the best aspects of motor sports into one package. Highly skilled drivers control a high powered street car past its limit, sideways at high speed, burning rubber. It can’t get any better!

Next Generation Gameplay

Stunning 3D graphics using the multi-touch capabilities of your device to simulate an authentic drifting experience.

Online Global Leaderboard

Challenge your friends by submitting your high scores for each circuit and expose your achievements to the world.
Play often to increase your overall career score and become the next Driftmania world champion. The top 100 positions are displayed on the official Driftmania game website.

Loaded with Features

]]> https://touchreviews.net/drift-mania-championship-iphone/feed/ 4 Paper Boat Race for iPhone: Paper thin racer with little novelty value https://touchreviews.net/paper-boat-race-iphone-review/ https://touchreviews.net/paper-boat-race-iphone-review/#comments Mon, 29 Mar 2010 18:38:59 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5774 Read More]]> Paper Boat Race [rating: 2.5/5]

If you’ve ever dabbled in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, then the chances are that you started with something simple like this origami boat. It’s this boat that is the vehicle of choice in this water based racing game.

After picking the color of your paper boat you are launched to the starting line ready for a head to head race against 3 other computer controlled boats. The racing is the same across three different racing modes. Practice mode allows you to take your boat out into the calm waters on your own and practice your sailing skills. This is something you may want to do especially if you are going to use the unique acceleration process of blowing into the iPhone’s microphone!

Paper Boat RaceDon’t worry if you are an iPod Touch owner you can still test drive the blowing method if you plug in an external mic. Having said that it seems to be more of a gimmick than a legitimate control method as the alternate control method of an accelerate and break button on the bottom left and right corners of the screen seems much more responsive and to succeed through all of the cups including the ‘Very Hard Cup’ you are going to want the best controls you can possibly have. Do give it a go through, it’s fun for a while and to show off to your friends and relatives.

Quick race allows you to hone your racing skills against 3 other opponents around any of the 5 tracks while Arcade mode allows you to test yourself against the best Paper Boat racer’s out there in 5 different cup competitions. The cups are raced using 5 different water based tracks that appears to be located in someone’s backyard. The pool track is littered with rubber rings, rubber ducks and other water based obstacles and it’s your task to navigate these items while racing through a bunch of checkpoints.

To accommodate the microphone control option the game is played with the iPhone/iPod Touch in portrait mode which is unusual for a racing game but it actually works, in fact using the accelerometer to steer your boat feels more responsive when holding the iPhone/iPod Touch in the way.

Paper Boat Race_4After a quick practice I launched the Arcade Mode and set out on the ‘Very Easy Cup’ which is very appropriately titled as each of the four races that make up the cup were won easily with none of the competitors even in site at the end. The paper based style of the game looks good and while the backgrounds in the race are pretty minimal the pool race track itself looks nice, although it would be nice to see the water actually affect the movement of the boat. Unfortunately though the animation of your opponent boats is often a little jerky and can be off putting especially during tight races.

It’s unlikely that you will find any problems winning the cups until you get to the Hard and Very Hard levels and even after a couple of goes you’ll have them completed without too much hassle. For once even the integration of OpenFeint doesn’t offer much additional value to the game as the achievements are only based on winning race’s rather than more unusual achievements such as ‘played as all colors’, ‘hit 5 rubber ducks’ or ‘boat sinks’ which would have been nice.

The game is fun for a while but once the novelty of the blowing technique has ended the game is limited in options and once completed has limited reason to be revisited.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Mar 19, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 26.3 MB
Language: English
Seller: Digital Bridges Limited t/a I-play
Copyright © 2010 MusiGames Studio – D’Accord Music Software SA. All Rights Reserved
Rated 4+

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