TouchMyApps » Racing http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:51:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Garfield Kart is free until Monday 9th http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/12/06/garfiel-kart-is-free-until-monday-9th/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/12/06/garfiel-kart-is-free-until-monday-9th/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:52:51 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=73445 Garfiel kart is free for a limited time only instead of $1.99. It’s a crossplatform mariokart like games with tons of cats and GARFIELD! Try it now: Garfield Kart … Read more]]>

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Garfiel kart is free for a limited time only instead of $1.99. It’s a crossplatform mariokart like games with tons of cats and GARFIELD! Try it now: Garfield Kart

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Carmageddon now available for iOS, FREE for the first day of release http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/17/carmageddon-now-available-for-ios-free-for-the-first-day-of-release/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/17/carmageddon-now-available-for-ios-free-for-the-first-day-of-release/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:28:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70319 Carmageddon, the classic vehicular combat video game that was released in the late 90′s, is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Inspired by the cult movie Death Race 2000, Carmageddon pretty much makes all other (action) racers pale in comparison. It was at one point even banned in a number of countries due … Read more]]>

Carmageddon, the classic vehicular combat video game that was released in the late 90′s, is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Inspired by the cult movie Death Race 2000, Carmageddon pretty much makes all other (action) racers pale in comparison. It was at one point even banned in a number of countries due to its violent nature.

Carmageddon is the original freeform driving sensation, where pedestrians (and cows!) equal points, and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines. The game features anarchic drive-wherever-you-like gameplay and over-the-top surreal comedy violence. It’s the racing game where racing is for wimps.

Fans of the original will no doubt appreciate that nothing’s been held back, with the game featuring 28 (deranged) opponents, 11 environments, a career mode with 36 levels and 30 unlockable cars. The app itself is universal and retina-ready, and it’s already optimized for the iPhone 5′s 16:9 display.

The game’s currently FREE today as a way of Stainless Games thanking all the Kickstarter backers who’ve pledged their support to Carmageddon: Reincarnation, the reboot of Carmageddon which is slated for release in Feb 2013. If you’re not the type to be easily offended with running over pedestrians and cows (virtually of course) and dig a solid racing game, be sure to grab this classic for your iDevices while it’s still free.

Carmageddon Stainless Games, Carmageddon - Free

App Description

Carmageddon features real-world environments that have been turned into killing fields, where the locals stay out on the streets at their peril. As well as using your car as a weapon, every level is sprinkled generously with power-ups that have a vast variety of mad effects, adding a whole extra level of craziness to the proceedings. In every event you have the option to “play it your way”… Waste all your opponents, kill every pedestrian, or (perish the thought) complete all the laps. Oh and watch out – the cops in their super-tough armoured patrol vehicles are lurking, and if they catch you being bad they’ll be down on you like several tons of cold pork!

FEATURES
• 28 dangerously deranged Opponents
• 11 wildly exhilarating Environments
• Career Mode featuring 36 satisfyingly violent Levels
• Race and Wreck opponents to unlock 30 playable cars!
• Universal App
• iCloud Support
• 27 Cunning Stuntworthy Achievements
• Leaderboards
• Game Center integration
• Multiple control methods: digital, analogue (mix ‘n’ match), tilt
• Edit your control layout in game to your preferences
• Comprehensive Action Replay System
• Movie editing; Save your movies straight from the game to YouTube; Share links using iOS 6
• Retina display and iPhone 5 support
• Environment maps and other special effects
• Enhanced pre-lit environments
• Buckets of gibs
• Tons of laughs

Plus the opportunity to make in app purchases to unlock ALL the cars (apart from the secret one) and ALL the races!
Carmageddon requires iOS 5.1 or later.

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Mad Wheels in Review – Aaaand, they’re off! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/09/21/mad-wheels-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/09/21/mad-wheels-in-review/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2011 15:16:40 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=58025 One of the iconic cartoon shows constantly aired on the Cartoon Network when I was growing up was Hanna Barbera’s Wacky Races, where racers were pitched against each other in various road rallies across North America. Most remarkable of course were the vehicles, armed with dastardly and clever contraptions and used by the participants to … Read more]]>

One of the iconic cartoon shows constantly aired on the Cartoon Network when I was growing up was Hanna Barbera’s Wacky Races, where racers were pitched against each other in various road rallies across North America. Most remarkable of course were the vehicles, armed with dastardly and clever contraptions and used by the participants to gain the lead, often by questionable means. Well, anything new is just old well forgotten and this same basic idea is exploited in Mad Wheels.

Mad Wheels is a reasonably traditional top-down action/racing game. Nothing is known about the actual origins of the race itself but you’ll find yourself in control of mad, Mad I tell you!.. sorry, back to our regular programming… Where was I? Oh yes, you’ll find yourself in control of some mad strange vehicles, from construction trucks to hovercars to beyond, armed by some serious firepower.

The basic racing experience is a reasonably standard one – you complete several laps of a winding track, striving to finish first. To help you in your quest to be number 1, booster pads are scattered across the levels. And, of course, who can forget the various means of destruction equipped on the race cars. The machine gun, missile and mine are standard across all the vehicles and provide a reliable, albeit more traditional, way of getting rid of your competitors.

But all of the above is more or less commonplace across the multitude of arcade racing games available. What makes Mad Wheel worthwhile and stand out from the crowd is that each vehicle has its own unique melee and super attacks. These special attacks, some quite ingenious, some more traditional, will probably be the key for most players when it comes to selecting their rides. The races themselves offer secondary objectives to complete for additional stars and score, but aren’t anything really spectacular apart from that.

The technical side of Mad Wheels is reasonably polished, though doesn’t offer anything spectacular in terms of graphics or interface design. I did feel some mild frustration with the location of the weapon controls and at times wished that there was an option to move these virtual buttons around as you desire like in some iOS games. And making your car stay in the center part of the track can be challenge as well, though that can probably be accredited my driving skills (or lack thereof). A certain boon is the availability of online multiplayer, which needless to say, increases the replayability of the game tenfold.

In the wide range of action racing games (say Death Rally) on the App Store, it’s often hard to keep your head above the crowd. But Mad Wheels manages to do so, mostly thanks to the crazy car designs obviously inspired by the classic cartoon series. It’s in no way perfect, with minor control flaws and not-so-spectacular graphics. But the online multiplayer, a significant amount of race tracks and unique vehicles certainly makes Mad Wheels worth your time if you’re shopping for a fun casual arcade racer.

With this I declare Mad Wheels officially touched!

Grab It Rating - 4/5

App Summary
Title: Mad Wheels
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Mad Wheels HD
Developer: Chillingo Ltd
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.1.3
Price: $0.99/$1.99 App Size: 64.77MB
  • Crazy vehicles reminiscent of the classic cartoon show
  • Online multiplayer
  • Weapons included
  • No car customization
  • Gets a bit boring after a while
  • Not many cars to choose from
  • Mediocre graphics

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Freebie Alert – Gameloft’s Asphalt 6: Adrenaline for iPhone and iPad now free for limited time http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/09/13/freebie-alert-gamelofts-asphalt-6-adrenaline-for-iphone-and-ipad-now-free-for-limited-time/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/09/13/freebie-alert-gamelofts-asphalt-6-adrenaline-for-iphone-and-ipad-now-free-for-limited-time/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:14:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=57586 Here’s a worthy download for all you racing fans. Gameloft has just dropped the latest in their popular racing franchise Asphalt 6: Adrenaline to free for the iPhone and iPad (down from $4.99 and $6.99 respectively). With 42 dream cars to choose from, online multiplayer and awesome visuals (the game will look even better on the iPad … Read more]]>

Here’s a worthy download for all you racing fans. Gameloft has just dropped the latest in their popular racing franchise Asphalt 6: Adrenaline to free for the iPhone and iPad (down from $4.99 and $6.99 respectively). With 42 dream cars to choose from, online multiplayer and awesome visuals (the game will look even better on the iPad 2), this freebie shouldn’t be missed and will keep you in occupied for next little while. The offer likely won’t last very long, so make sure you grab it ASAP.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline Gameloft, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, 546 MB – Free
Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD Gameloft, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD, 505 MB – Free

App Description

Feel the thrill of racing like never before in the newest adrenaline-pumping edition of the Asphalt series.

BUILD YOUR DREAM COLLECTION
Discover 42 cars and bikes from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ducati and other world-class manufacturers. Collect them in your own 3D garage that you can explore using the gyroscope.

RACE YOUR FRIENDS
You can even take on friends in Online and Local Multiplayer mode for up to 6 racers. Climb the online leaderboard to be the best in the world!

LEAVE THE WORLD IN YOUR DUST
These street races will have you tearing up city streets in L.A., Tokyo, the Bahamas and more. Each location is rendered in beautiful HD graphics that take full advantage of the Retina display.

CHALLENGE THE BEST
Don’t take your eyes off the road for a second, because you’ll be driving against tough opponents in 11 different leagues and 55 events.

TUNED TO PERFECTION
Take advantage of numerous tuning options to help your vehicles reach peak performance on any track. You can even customize your vehicles with decals to give them your own style.

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Death Rally in Review – So, where’s the ammo? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/04/20/death-rally-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/04/20/death-rally-in-review/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:22:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=51066 Few titles have left me with more fond memories than the good old Death Track – one of the first racing/shooting games ever. Unsurprisingly its top-down remake in the late 90s -Death Rally – immediately became my favourite pastime for hours on end. So when I heard that Remedy was bringing this classic to the … Read more]]>

Few titles have left me with more fond memories than the good old Death Track – one of the first racing/shooting games ever. Unsurprisingly its top-down remake in the late 90s -Death Rally – immediately became my favourite pastime for hours on end. So when I heard that Remedy was bringing this classic to the iDevice, I was thrilled beyond imagination. My only concern was how Death Rally would transfer to the touchscreen.

Death Rally is a genre all in itself, uniting top-down racing and shooting. You play a reckless driver having been hunted down and forced to compete in the brutal Nascar offspring in exchange for his life and freedom. The goal – to attract the attention of the mysterious Adversary and beat him in his own game, preferably sending him to kingdom come in the process.

Wreaking havoc at high speed is what Death Rally is all about. The basics involve racing around the track against 5 AI controlled players. The one who comes first is naturally the winner. The rest – sore losers. If they reach the finish line at all that is. Yep, finally you can let loose all the rage that has a habit of building up when the opponent overtakes you on a turn. Your car has a machine gun with unlimited ammo that fires automatically and a special weapon with limited, but replenishable supply of ammunition. And on the road you will find destroyable crates with repair, ammo and cash bonuses, as well as spare parts.

Speaking of spare parts, Death Rally features quite an extensive, if somewhat simplistic, car upgrade system. After each race you are awarded cash based on how well you did and you can spend it on repairs or upgrading the vehicle and/or currently selected weapon. A mild frustration here – you can only spend cash on the currently selected car/weapon, making it a bit difficult if you want to get a fully upgraded car park. New weapons and cars are unlocked one by one as you collect the spare parts on the levels, making for a slow but steady progression.

The levels themselves are semi-random, with about 8 available at any given moment with various difficulty levels and modes. Though there are only around half-a-dozen different tracks, the game mixes them up by throwing in different modes (reverse, sideways) and challenges (specific car/weapon, head to head, etc). In the end you won’t find yourself bored with the scenery.

The graphics in Death Rally are amazing, with detailed environments and superbly colourful vehicles. I did miss the ability to choose a custom colour for your car from the original, substituted by a choice of several presets for each car. I also missed a minimap of sorts as the race track is not so obvious on some levels, making it easy to run into walls. The most controversial design choice for me were the controls; there is simply a virtual joystick that has your car turning towards where your thumb is pointing. After experiencing the abundance of controls modes in Reckless Racing (TMA Review), Death Rally’s seems rather limited.

Regardless of the minor flaws, Death Rally is a unique and addictive blend of racing and shooting action that will hold your attention for quite some time. The experience offered is currently unmatched on the App Store and if you’re hungry for some high-speed destruction, Death Rally is definitely the choice for you. And did I mention that it’s universal?

With this I declare Death Rally officially touched!

Kiss It Rating - 5/5

App Summary
Title: Death Rally Developer: Remedy Entertainment Ltd
Reviewed Ver: 1.1 Min OS Req: 3.2
Price: $2.99 App Size: 80.39MB
  • Superb addictive action
  • A wide selection of cars and weaponry
  • Excellent Retina-quality graphics
  • Lack of a satisfying finale
  • A semi-automatic weapon/car progression system with limited customization options
  • Only a single control scheme

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Reckless Racing in Review – Never knew redneck racing could look so good… http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/30/reckless-racing-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/30/reckless-racing-in-review/#comments Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:51:28 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=43823 There are many types of racing games (as detailed by shigzeo’s The App Store’s Best Racing game article) – some more hardcore and realistic, while others for more casual and leisurely gaming. Regardless, it’s difficult to argue that the iDevice is perfect for racing games as a whole – thanks to the built-in accelerometer and … Read more]]>

There are many types of racing games (as detailed by shigzeo’s The App Store’s Best Racing game article) – some more hardcore and realistic, while others for more casual and leisurely gaming. Regardless, it’s difficult to argue that the iDevice is perfect for racing games as a whole – thanks to the built-in accelerometer and the portability. Heck, companies are even designing special steering wheels for the iDevice (like this one). But using such a gadget with the quintessence of arcade dirt racing in Reckless Racing would probably not be a good idea…

Reckless Racing is a casual top-down racing game, obviously influenced by such classics as Ignition or Rush Hour. It is set in a distinct redneck atmosphere of country backyard dirt racing, with such archetype characters as the simpleminded Otis driving a 4×4 or hard-working Floyd in his trusty tractor truck.

Reckless Racing offers 3 solo play modes as well as a full-featured 4-player online multiplayer mode. In single player you can choose from either the classic racing against 3 AI opponents, doing so against the clock, with a stylish ghost image of your car representing the best lap and the original delivery mode. The first two modes provide you 5 tracks to choose from with an additional 5 made by reversing the direction on the original ones. The latter features a single map with several hot spots where you have to pick up cargo and deliver it to a different spot, all the while avoiding traffic and performing the task within an overall time limit.

The racing experience itself is offered in 2 flavours – the simplified beginner mode, with the skidding down to a minimum and much better overall control – to the advanced mode, where all bets are off and you’ll spend 90% of the time trying to get your vehicle back under control. And once you’re confident you can handle yourself, feel free to fire up the online multiplayer. I haven’t tried it over 3G, but over Wi-Fi it works like a charm, with little to no lag in displaying your opponents.

Graphically Reckless Racing is truly stunning. The scenery is rich with buildings, trees, streams and lakes, portrayed with almost photorealistic quality. I’ve often found myself feeling like I was looking over real (albeit miniature) cars from up above, racing across the countryside. The in-game music completely jives with the overall look ‘n feel of the game and it definitely adds to the overall experience. A special mention goes to the controls; regardless of your tastes you’ll find an option to suit them – from the iPhone racing hallmark – the accelerometer, to the arcade cabinet analogue wheel to the simplified tank controls with auto gas.

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of racing games or not, Reckless Racing is one title you simply have to pick up (especially at its current price of $0.99). The incredibly fun gameplay is brought to new heights with the stunning visuals, making it the perfect racing experience. The only real downer is the limited number of levels available, along with the absence of any kind of campaign mode or unlockable vehicles. But the superb online multiplayer mode more than makes up for that.

With this I declare Reckless Racing officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Reckless Racing Developer: Electronic Arts
Reviewed Ver: 1.1.5 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $0.99 App Size: 39.32MB
  • Stunning realistic graphics
  • Incredibly fun racing experience
  • Lots of control schemes
  • Online multiplayer
  • Limited amount of tracks and cars
  • No GameCenter support
  • No Gyroscope support

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Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit in Review – The High End Performance of Law Enforcement http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/24/need-for-speed-hot-pursuit-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/24/need-for-speed-hot-pursuit-in-review/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:25:46 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=43573 I enjoy a good arcade style racing game. Daytona U.S.A., the Burnout series, Split/Second and NFS: Most Wanted to name just a few. So when EA announced Need for Speed Hot Pursuit I got excited. Then the trailers arrived to show off the game in action and I became ecstatic. And now that Hot Pursuit is … Read more]]>

I enjoy a good arcade style racing game. Daytona U.S.A., the Burnout series, Split/Second and NFS: Most Wanted to name just a few. So when EA announced Need for Speed Hot Pursuit I got excited. Then the trailers arrived to show off the game in action and I became ecstatic. And now that Hot Pursuit is released, is it going to join the ranks of some of my favorite arcade racers? Only one way to be sure, read on to find out.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit comes with three modes of gameplay. Jump into a Quick Race, play Local Multiplayer over Wifi or dive right into the heart of the game with Career Mode. Your career is made up of 24 events that will put you in the shoes of a law enforcement professional climbing their way through the NFS ranks in the pursuit of becoming Top Cop. Sadly, you’re unable to play through as the criminal, a feature that is part of the console version.

Along the way you will compete in four different racing events, earning Bounty to unlock 15 different cars with increasingly better acceleration, handling and speed. The event types vary. Tough Justice will have you taking down an increasing number of criminals under a set time in order to earn Bounty. There are three levels per event and each level grants you more Bounty. In Interceptor, you face off against a single criminal with a set time limit – the faster you take them down, the bigger the Bounty earned. Power Struggle has you competing with fellow officers to reach the finish line first, and finally, Rapid Response has you racing alone against the clock and speeding through checkpoints until you reach your final destination before time runs out.

Through most of the events your vehicle will come equipped with different abilities, helping you accomplish your goals. Most of the items you’re given aren’t very powerful on their own, but they work together over time to help get the job done. Some of these abilities include setting up Road Blocks, where fellow officers attempt to block the criminal’s path; emitting EMP blasts within a certain distance that slow down the opponent; and laying down Spike Strips, an effective way of damaging their cars (besides slamming into to them). The opposing speedsters are not defenceless either. Often they will come equipped with oil slicks and jammers that block your ability to use anything against them while they hit the NOS and speed away.

The controls in Hot Pursuit are built around the accelerometer and they work well once you’ve overcome the initial learning curve. That said, you may still find yourself taking some turns a little wide even after getting accustomed to the controls. Your vehicle’s acceleration is set to automatic by default, allowing you to concentrate more on your driving, along with the occasional braking or NOS boost. You do have the option of turning off automatic acceleration, which will give you more control over your vehicle, though either way works fine. There is also a 180 degree turn built into the controls but you will likely find very little use for it in the game.

Thanks to the Retina Display built into the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G, the game looks amazing on these devices. The car models are very well done and they appear to be a step up from those you might find in a PS2 racing game. The locations you race in also have some pretty good visuals, though after you’ve spent some time with the game, you will begin to notice the same backdrops over and over again. A little more variety would certainly have been much appreciated. And like many of the previous Need for Speed titles, Hot Pursuit does a great job of giving you a sense of speed as you’re flying down the freeway.

One other item worth mentioning is the option EA built into the title screen called, “Get Bounty”. The game’s launch price is $4.99 and offers roughly 4-5 hours of career play from start to finish. You will have to replay previous races to ensure you’ve gotten all of the available Bounty in order to reach the six million mark required to unlock all 15 vehicles. Get Bounty, on the other hand allows you to forgo the entire career and purchase bounty in $1, $2 and $3 increments. Buying all $6 worth via in-app purchases will max out your bounty and all vehicles will be made available to you from the very start. If you want to compete with friends over local wifi using every car in the game, this may be an option you would like to consider. Otherwise, it feels a little “dirty” and goes a long way to decreasing the value of the games played in Career Mode. It also breaks the first half of the game as you can then blow through to the top bounty ranks with ease.

Overall NFS: Hot Pursuit is a very solid racing experience on the iDevice. Thanks to the game’s tight controls, lengthy Career mode and awesome visuals, EA’s latest installment in the Need For Speed franchise makes for one highly enjoyable and action packed racer. If you’re a fan of the NFS series (and racers in general), you’ll find Hot Pursuit a worthy addition to your app collection.

App Summary
Title: Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Developer: Electronic Arts
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $4.99 App Size: 380MB
  • Lengthy single player career mode
  • Continually better vehicle unlocks
  • Impressive visuals
  • Vehicle Abilities should be stronger
  • Inability to play as criminal in career

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slotCar Mania in Review – Not Much Chaos Here http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/22/slot-car-mania-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/22/slot-car-mania-in-review/#comments Wed, 22 Sep 2010 13:03:33 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=39966 Overhead racing games are a lot of fun, but long before we had cool electronic racing games people were participating in overhead racing matches in a number of venues, one of which was slot car racing. slotCar Mania attempts to recreate the feel of that all-ages past time. Minus the nifty trigger-based controls, feelThere actually … Read more]]>

Overhead racing games are a lot of fun, but long before we had cool electronic racing games people were participating in overhead racing matches in a number of venues, one of which was slot car racing. slotCar Mania attempts to recreate the feel of that all-ages past time. Minus the nifty trigger-based controls, feelThere actually manage to do a pretty decent job of it. The down side to this is that when you take away some of the modern “conveniences” of electronic racing like weapons and music, the game just isn’t quite as exciting as its contemporaries.

I applaud the developer’s attempt to do something different, as the game adheres pretty strictly to the feel of a slot car racing set. You travel along a predefined path, and any deviance from that path, whether because you’re traveling too fast or too slow, will cause you to fall off the track. If you fall off, your car unceremoniously fades away, and then shows back up on the track after giving the opponent a second to get further ahead.

If you play season mode in single player each race is 10 laps, and in single race mode you can set the number of laps in increments of 10 and also set the allotted time for a race. Whoever completes the required number of laps under the given time limit first, wins. If you win in season mode, the next track will be unlocked (there are 10 altogether). A track can only be played in single race mode once it is unlocked in season mode.

There’s a multi-player mode as well, but I’m guessing it only works over local WiFi. So far I’ve had no luck connecting to a server, and when I set myself up as a server, the IP address is for my local network. That’s too bad it doesn’t support internet (or doesn’t seem to), because multi-player allows up to four racers, and I think it would be lots of fun.

To control the car you can either use the accelerometer or touch control. The accelerometer has you tilting back to accelerate and forward to slow down, and when you get to a certain speed you can hit the Turbo button for an extra boost. When using the touch method you have a button that takes you about half way speed wise, and the Turbo button takes you the other half. The net result is the same, but I find the touch a bit easier for maintaining speed and the accelerometer better for achieving “in between” speeds. Whatever control scheme I use, however, it seems that I get worse and the computer gets better as I progress through the tracks. I’d like an “easy” option where the computer stays as bad as me, so I at least have a chance of seeing the more difficult tracks.

The graphics are actually really good. Unfortunately there’s no dynamic zoom, so if you have it close up you can appreciate the detail and if you have it zoomed out you can see at least most of the awesome track design (depending on the size of the track), but you can’t get both in the same race. The only thing I wish was better was the lame “crash” when the car gets derailed – the whole fade-away thing seems a bit cheesy.

Sound, on the other hand, isn’t so great. The main noise is the car itself, and while it does sound pretty authentic, after not too long it gets annoying and begins to remind me of wind howling through an elevator shaft. There is no music, and you can’t even play your own tunes, which is a bit unfriendly.

I’d liken this to the rail shooter of the racing world. It’s not a bad game, especially if you’re nostalgic towards the whole slot racing thing, but it doesn’t provide a lot of freedom of movement, which can make anything above 10 laps somewhat dull. If you’re an avid racing fan you might want to give it a try, and it might also suit you if you’re not very good at free roaming racing games. The in-betweeners might not appreciate it as much, however.

App Summary
Title: slotCar Mania Developer: feelThere, Inc
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 2.1
Price: $0.99 App Size: 69.9 MB
  • Cool tracks
  • Decent controls
  • Good graphics
  • Very structured racing
  • Multiplayer local only?
  • Bad sound / no music

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MotoGP 2010 In Review – Fantastic Moto Racing For Your iPhone! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/21/motogp-2010-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/21/motogp-2010-in-review/#comments Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:20:35 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38905 Hey there race fans! It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed any kind of race game. Thankfully that changes today. Today I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy of I-Play’s MotoGP 2010. So hold on tight as this review speeds off after the jump. One of the first things I look for … Read more]]>

Hey there race fans! It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed any kind of race game. Thankfully that changes today. Today I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy of I-Play’s MotoGP 2010. So hold on tight as this review speeds off after the jump.

One of the first things I look for in simulation games is continuity with real life. Example being my latest review of 2K Sports NHL2K10. The game is structured in a way that you can play season right along with the real life counterparts. Teams play the same teams on the same days. Personally I feel that it’s an absolute must if you are trying to cater to any sort of fan. Thankfully, I-Play did it right with MotoGP. All the riders are current riders on the circuit. All the tracks are the actual 2010 season tracks. I-Play even went and put real life stats on each of the tracks, showing you last year’s champ and who currently has the track record. It’s the details like this that true fans will love and even casual gamers might actually end up getting more into the real life sport.

Graphically, MotoGP 2010 has been put together real well. Lots of shading, textures and it all works real well. The bikes and riders are well drawn and you can tell that each bike/rider is different and it’s not just a dozen of the same textures. All the video clips and images in the gallery look great and you can even save the pics to your camera roll!

Control is something that still is tricky for me. Rather than go with a wheel or d-pad you control via tilt, using the accelerometer. It is definitely not a piece of cake. The physics and control of a bike is worlds different from a car and control is and should be reflected accordingly. I’m sure I’ll get it down eventually but for now I am spending almost as much time in the dirt/grass as I am on the track.

One thing that I’m not particularly happy about though are the controls for brake and boost. They reside in the bottom left and right corners but are not visible until you actually use them. Although I get the desire to leave as much screen place empty as you can I just think it should either be visible all the time or least have the option to make them visible if you want to. I can’t speak for everyone but I know of a couple times I accidentally hit the boost instead of the brake and went flying into a wall. Another thing that I wish was present was more realistic interaction with opponents. When you nudge someone at 200mph something should happen to you and/or the victim. However all the happens in game is that they fall behind you a bit and you take the lead.

Game modes available are Season and Quick Race. The quick race mode is exactly that. Pick your racer/track/laps and get going. One catch though is that not all the tracks are available to you until you’ve played them in season mode. In season mode you play just like the real racers. You go from track to track, qualify in order to get the best starting position and then race your heart out. At the end of each race you receive points based on your position and at the end of the season the racer with the most points wins. Fans should love this mode. Try to see if you can earn more points in the season than your favourite rider. Also included are various awards that you can earn based on how you race. Although these rewards are not linked to any sort of online database its still fun to try and earn all of them while trying to win the season at the same time.

Overall, I think that MotoGP a challenging, but good title. If you are looking from a change from racing cars, or are a fan of motorbike racing, MotoGP 2010 offers a uniquely different experience suitable for anyone. If you are still uncertain, they have a free Lite version available for download as well.

App Summary
Title: MotoGP 2010 Developer: Digital Bridges Limited t/a I-play
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $3.99 App Size: 59.0 MB
  • Incorporates real MotoGP people/places
  • A change from the usual car racing
  • Great graphics and visuals
  • Controls might be too difficult for some
  • No crashing or realistic interaction

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Aqua Moto Racing 2 in Review – Jetski racing fun http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/10/aqua-moto-racing-2-in-review-jetski-racing-fun/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/10/aqua-moto-racing-2-in-review-jetski-racing-fun/#comments Tue, 10 Aug 2010 17:47:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=37402 There was a time not too long ago where I would have stated almost unequivocally that I wouldn’t play a racing game unless it had some sort of guns or or explosions (or something of that nature).  Either I’m growing up a bit or caring less these days, however, because I’ve played several racing games … Read more]]>

There was a time not too long ago where I would have stated almost unequivocally that I wouldn’t play a racing game unless it had some sort of guns or or explosions (or something of that nature).  Either I’m growing up a bit or caring less these days, however, because I’ve played several racing games on my iPod Touch that were fun without the need for blowing things up. Aqua Moto Racing 2 is one of those. It’s definitely not the most technically advanced racer on an iDevice, and it has some issues I could live without, but overall it’s enjoyable and pretty easy to get the hang of.

Aqua Moto Racing 2 has you tearing up the waterways on jetskis, and it feels somewhat like Road Rash in the ocean (minus the Billy clubs, sadly).  You can play a quick race which allows you to revisit any track you’ve already beaten, or you can play the championship, which will have you zipping through 48 courses between 14 championships.  You can earn money in the championship races which will allow you to buy better jetskis.  Unfortunately there is no possibility for customizing the jetskis, but you can definitely tell a difference in usability between each model.

The game starts out kind of easy, and once I was used to the controls I managed to whip through the first 3 championships without much problem, winning every race.  I was a bit worried that there wouldn’t be any challenge, but then came the first course of championship 4 and my doubts were quashed.  It’s still not an overly challenging game, but as you get further along you’ll have to work harder to earn your keep.  Also, if you’re one of those people that thinks you’re going to save up all your money to buy the best jetski, don’t.  You’ll actually do better if you can keep upgrading to the next model as soon as possible.  Like I said, there’s definitely a difference in how each model behaves, and so far the next model up has always been better at everything.

To control the jetski you’ll use either your iDevice’s tilt mechanism or an on-screen steering wheel, and you then have the option of either controlling the brake or acceleration – the other will be handled automatically for you.  My preferred combination is steering wheel and acceleration.

To successfully navigate each course you must travel around a bunch of buoys, and even with arrows pointing you in the right direction it’s often hard to tell where you need to go.  You earn an X for each missed or incorrectly navigated buoy (you went around the wrong side), and three Xs means you’re disqualified.  I found it rather annoying that you could actually incur an X while trying to correct yourself so you wouldn’t miss a buoy.  I also found it frustrating that it was nearly impossible for you to correct an accidental trip to land.  You just have to wait out the timer, during which you’ve most likely been passed by everyone.

The graphics are good, but I don’t agree with the iTunes description assessment that they are “some of the best” on the device.  There are noticeable clipping issues, and overall it feels like the equivalent of a first generation Playstation 1 engine.  Still, the landscapes are fairly detailed, the water looks cool, and it is pretty nifty watching your guy do stunts as the jetski is flying through the air. As well, the upcoming 1.0.2 update will support Retina Display on the iPhone 4, so I’d expect the visuals to look even better on the device.

The sound effects are decent enough, though some ambience like birds or some sort of background noise would have been nice.  The bit of voice work that crops up from time to time is well done.  The music has that 90′s 16 bit console racing sound that was made famous by companies like SEGA, and it’s a joy to listen to.

For the most part I’m really having fun with Aqua Moto Racing 2.  I’m not real keen on the recovery mechanisms for making a wrong turn, and there’s got to be some way to make it easier to follow the course in some cases.  Still, it’s easy to get lost in the game and want to keep trying races until you get first place.  Now all we need is some way for the your iDevice to spray water in your face and you’d almost feel like you were there.

Note: Resolution Interactive has also released a free lite version of AMR 2.

App Summary
Title: Aqua Moto Racing 2 Developer: Resolution Interactive AB
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $2.99 App Size: 35.26MB
  • Fun, challenging courses
  • Decent controls
  • Nice visuals
  • Slick music
  • Hard to recover from misses
  • Courses sometimes hard to follow

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COPS: High Speed Pursuit In Review – Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/15/cops-high-speed-pursuit-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/15/cops-high-speed-pursuit-in-review/#comments Tue, 15 Jun 2010 15:35:40 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34295 The show COPS has been around for quite a long time and if you’ve ever watched the show, you know some crazy stuff goes down. Well the folks at Hands-On Mobile must be fans because they took one aspect of the show and designed an entire game around it. COPS: High Speed Pursuit takes you … Read more]]>

The show COPS has been around for quite a long time and if you’ve ever watched the show, you know some crazy stuff goes down. Well the folks at Hands-On Mobile must be fans because they took one aspect of the show and designed an entire game around it. COPS: High Speed Pursuit takes you into the dangerous world of car chases.  So turn on your sirens, put your pedal to the floor and check out the rest of the review after the jump.

Now it’s been a little while since i’ve reviewed a racing/driving game. Most of the time it’s usually track based racing. This time, the driving has a purpose. While the premise of the game is pretty simple, I was excited that they are changing things up and not sticking to the standard Nascar-esque drive in a circle over and over.  It is a little weird though, that the point of the game is to “take down” cars but you don’t actually get to even make contact with the car.  As soon as you get into and stay in a designated area long enough a cinematic takes over and shows you everything done for you.

I knew when I started playing that based on the premise, there was a limited amount of content I could expect.  Even still I was a little disappointed with what I got. Instead of tracks, you are chasing cars down highways. However they only provide you with a few different ones so the scenery is limited.  I also realized quickly that no matter how well I drove the result would not change. There were certain events that happen every time during a pursuit, the only thing that would change is how long it took for each thing to happen (based on how well I drove that round).  It would be nice to see some more variety in some of the in-game events that happen.

The controls for the game are pretty standard as far as driving games go. The default setting has you using buttons to accelerate/stop and using the accelerometer to turn or control the car. The alternate controls has a steering wheel on the the left side that you can use to drive but in my experiences you have a lot more control tilting.

Also, I was thinking that maybe they would throw in some cheesy story lines or something to tie to the chases, again I was left in lurch. Instead all I know is that I am chasing these cars because they sped past me.   Each round starts off in a similar way and although there is some muffled chatter over the police radio (I couldn’t understand any of it) there isn’t much after that. I think if they were to add some more depth to the game it would drastically change the way you looked at it. I would honestly play the while thing over if I had some story line or something to go along with the chasing.

Having reviewed titles from Hands-On in the past, I know how well they can design a game. Once again I have to say they did a really good job. Even though I may not have been a fan of the limited scenery, the ones I did get to see looked good. The various cars that you drive are very well done and even though they don’t actually name any models, it’s very easy to tell what’s what.  Another aspect of the game I really liked was the smoking hood effect that happens when you start to bang up your car. It really impairs your vision making it so much more difficult to drive which adds to the challenging fun.

In the end I have to say I wasn’t as impressed with this title as I was hoping to be.  Although the game is designed well and the controls are rather spot on, the content was just a little toolight for my liking. COPS: High Speed Pursuit is not necessarily a bad title but I think with some more depth to the content, variation in environment and events, it could well become one of the better racing/driving games on the App Store.

App Summary
Title: COPS: High Speed Pursuit Developer: Hands-On Mobile
Reviewed Ver: 1.5.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $2.99 App Size: 40.0 MB
  • Good design/effects
  • Easy to manage controls
  • Little to no depth or story
  • A lot of repetition with in game events
  • not very challenging
  • No actual contact with other cars

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Monster Trucks Nitro 2 in review – Jump, Crush and Nitro your way to glory http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/19/monster-trucks-nitro-2-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/19/monster-trucks-nitro-2-in-review/#comments Mon, 19 Apr 2010 20:48:17 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=31815 I’ve tried several of the side view truck / bike / what-have-you style games on the iPhone, and while occasionally one resonates with me, they’re generally not my favorite type of game. As luck would have it, Monster Trucks Nitro 2 is one of the resonators.  This sequel from developer Redlynx is easy to control, … Read more]]>

I’ve tried several of the side view truck / bike / what-have-you style games on the iPhone, and while occasionally one resonates with me, they’re generally not my favorite type of game. As luck would have it, Monster Trucks Nitro 2 is one of the resonators.  This sequel from developer Redlynx is easy to control, the tracks are varied and at times quite challenging, and the fact that each circuit has different tracks suited for various types of vehicles is a nice touch.  This feels kind of like racing for those who don’t necessary enjoy the genre, and that’s my kind of racing game.  I’ll even forgive them for not having any guns. Feel free to discuss this review of Monster Trucks Nitro 2 in our forums.

Monster Trucks Nitro 2 is comprised of 4 circuits, each circuit containing 4 tracks.  Each track has 3 levels: Sunday Sprint, Top Sprint and Champion Sprint.  With the exception of the first circuit you have to pay an entry fee for each level of each race you want to enter, and for every circuit you’ll win money for each race you come in first on.  You can retry a particular level of a race indefinitely for free as long as you come in second, but as soon as you take first place you have to pay to play that level again.  As far as I can tell you don’t even have to race the tracks or circuits in order, as long as you have enough money for the entrance fees (with the exception of the Awards circuit, which I’m guessing is locked until all other circuits are complete).  Your opponent is a ghost version of your vehicle, and unlike most racing games, this opponent actually plays fair.  If you lose a race it’s simply because you haven’t figured out how to beat it yet.

To control your vehicle you tilt the device left and right.  The more you tilt, the more your vehicle will lean.  If you keep the device tilted to the left you can try and flip your vehicle.  If successful, as soon as the flip is complete you will get a temporary nitro boost.  You can also collect boosts that are scattered throughout the levels.  One or two boosts can be the difference between winning and losing a race.  However, if you’re attempting to get a boost by flipping be warned that a failed flip can easily cost you the race.  There’s a retractable slider at the bottom of the screen that lets you adjust the speed of the vehicle and brake, and the slider starts out at full gas when you start the race.  So far I haven’t used it, though that could be part of the reason I’ve had to repeat certain levels many times.  The level designers did an excellent job of making the levels for each vehicle type feel different, and there are some really fun levels to play through.  This is especially true when it comes to the 6-wheeled vehicle, because you get to crush a lot of other vehicles and even run over trees.  You have to love any truck that can take down a tree and keep on moving.

I don’t really get to say this very often about action racing type games, but at times the backgrounds can be almost breathtaking.  When you hit certain jumps and take off in the air, try to soak in the mountains or whatever is behind you, as long as you don’t get too distracted.  The trucks themselves are pretty slick looking too, and because there are various types, they actually look different.

Overall the sound is good.  The engine noises are a bit weak, but things like crushing other vehicles, driving across bridges and the like are all pretty authentic.  Even the announcer’s voice is quite well done; it’s kind of a cross between a WWF announcer and Optimus Prime.  There’s decent music, but sadly it doesn’t play during the races.

Monster Trucks Nitro 2 is great fun and highly addictive.  Even if it’s not normally your style of game, I’d at least consider it.  I’ve had trouble putting the game down long enough to finish writing this review.  I’m just not sure what I’m going to do when I’ve beaten all of the races.  Maybe there will be some DLC races some day…

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App Summary
Title: Monster Trucks Nitro 2 Developer: RedLynx Ltd
Reviewed Ver: 1.00 Min OS Req: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. 2.2.1
Price: $2.99 App Size: 33.3 MB
  • Addictive
  • Easy to play
  • Awesome graphics
  • No music during races
  • No multi-player
  • Can’t stop playing it

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