395305_3I got my hands on an early copy of Nano Rally [App Store] late last week and have since put a fair bit of time in to the game. If you're looking for a pint-sized racer to stoke the coals of Micro Machines nostalgia, look no further.

Nano Rally has players driving a tiny car around six different environments which range from a kitchen table scattered with produce, a desk littered with office supplies, and other miniature makeshift race tracks. Before each race, you're shown an overview of the track and given the opportunity to customize the performance of your car. Acceleration, top speed, braking power, and handling all can be tweaked to help get the best time on each track.

The game features both touch and tilt controls, and while I've found myself preferring touch controls, some players on our forums seemed to prefer tilt. The main thing that I thought took a little getting used to in the game is that when you steer your car, the track turns instead of your car. It's a little disorienting at first, but otherwise the gameplay is solid.

If I had to say something bad about Nano Rally it would be the lack of AI opponents, no multiplayer, and only one car to drive. But, at the same time, for a 99¢ game it's hard to expect much more than what's already included. Instead of racing against on-screen opponents, in championship mode you race against the clock to unlock additional tracks.

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Unlocking new tracks can be difficult, although I've found that the key to getting great times is trial and error as you tweak how your car is tuned for each individual track. A few players on our forum have mentioned the high level of difficulty, but you can't really have every track in a game like this being a total cake walk or you could blow through the whole game in a half hour.

The developer is already working on the 1.1 update which will include racing lines, adjustable difficulty levels, and a fixed camera to rotate the car instead of the track when you steer as well as taking suggestions for 1.2 in our forums. For what it is, Nano Rally is a great little game, and the developer seems very involved in gathering community feedback to refine the game with updates.

App Store Link: Nano Rally, 99¢

TouchArcade Rating

  • ZZMitch

    Looks fun. The camera was making me a little sick at first though :p

  • ZZMitch

    Looks fun. The camera was making me a little sick at first though :p

  • HerbertKornfeld

    With images of an iPod and an iPhone, I'm surprised Apple approved this. They rejected updates for Instapaper and Pocket God for stylized icons that resembled iPhones (http://bit.ly/1aq5lI).

  • HerbertKornfeld

    With images of an iPod and an iPhone, I'm surprised Apple approved this. They rejected updates for Instapaper and Pocket God for stylized icons that resembled iPhones (http://bit.ly/1aq5lI).

  • sekazi

    How can apple say one thing then do another? They reject apps using apple like products and yet they let this one though.

  • sekazi

    How can apple say one thing then do another? They reject apps using apple like products and yet they let this one though.

  • Mike

    Baught this on your recommend... Love the idea/design. The controls are Like being on ice. Not cool... This game needs tires on the ground physics. It controls more like taxi ball, or something... Until they fix that, this game is 2.5 out of 5...

  • Mike

    Baught this on your recommend... Love the idea/design. The controls are Like being on ice. Not cool... This game needs tires on the ground physics. It controls more like taxi ball, or something... Until they fix that, this game is 2.5 out of 5...

  • Dan

    Yep looks ok, but man that car physics sucks the big cheese. Try "Black Mamba Racing" (No affiliation) for a better racing game in the same style.

  • Dan

    Yep looks ok, but man that car physics sucks the big cheese. Try "Black Mamba Racing" (No affiliation) for a better racing game in the same style.

  • zrgrvsh

    I hvae no problems with the control what so ever, maybe you need to tweak the handling settings. It's true that you slide a bit, but remeber, this really is a rally game and no racing game. You drive against the time and yourself, and you really have to master the track and the car to get good times.
    So just try, try, and try again, and you'll unlock the next levels, wich are worth it :)

  • zrgrvsh

    I hvae no problems with the control what so ever, maybe you need to tweak the handling settings. It's true that you slide a bit, but remeber, this really is a rally game and no racing game. You drive against the time and yourself, and you really have to master the track and the car to get good times.
    So just try, try, and try again, and you'll unlock the next levels, wich are worth it :)

  • Dugnsand

    I have a problem with apps that don't use spell check. In the screenshots you display, "Brakes" is spelled "breaks.". Give me a break!!!

  • Dugnsand

    I have a problem with apps that don't use spell check. In the screenshots you display, "Brakes" is spelled "breaks.". Give me a break!!!