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.
It’s barely been over a week since EA announced the creation of Firemonkeys (a merge between Firemint and IronMonkeys), but the new studio has announced earlier today that Real Racing 3 will be “coming soon” for the iPhone and iPad. The Real Racing series is widely considered the best in the genre on iOS and the upcoming sequel aims to take things up another notch.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.