Air Race Speed in Review – No Opponents But Still A Blast

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Typically I’m not a big fan of racing games that don’t have bullets flying and power ups galore, and it’s even less likely that I’ll play such a game when there are no opponents to be found.  There are certainly exceptions to the rule, however, and Air Race Speed has become one of them.  Despite often being frustrating, what makes this shine are the tracks, and with 36 of them it should take you a while before you’ve either mastered them or gotten bored.  It might not have all the bells and whistles like ammunition or car upgrades, but it manages to get the adrenaline pumping, and that’s the best thing that can be said for a racing game in my opinion.
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Carmageddon now available for iOS, FREE for the first day of release

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.

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Mad Wheels in Review – Aaaand, they’re off!

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.

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Freebie Alert – Gameloft’s Asphalt 6: Adrenaline for iPhone and iPad now free for limited time

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

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Death Rally in Review – So, where’s the ammo?

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.

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Reckless Racing in Review – Never knew redneck racing could look so good…

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…

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Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit in Review – The High End Performance of Law Enforcement

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.

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slotCar Mania in Review – Not Much Chaos Here

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. Continue reading…