hr2_logosYesterday we posted a few screenshots of Chillingo's Horror Racing [App Store], not expecting to see the game again for a few weeks while it made its way through the approval process. Much to my surprise, it popped up on the App Store this afternoon, and I've been having a great time playing it today.

In the sneak peek I thought it looked a lot like Blizzard's Rock'n'Roll Racing and that comparison couldn't possibly be more spot on. The game has various weapons to use to attack your other racers, and a whole slew of upgrades to purchase with your winnings between races that cover every aspect of your vehicles offensive, defensive, and racing abilities.

Burning around the 15 included tracks is a ton of fun, especially with ramps everywhere and tight corners that will get your car up on two wheels. There are 5 included characters to play as (each with different stats), and two unlockable characters that you need to complete the championship modes to play as.

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The only bad part about the game (and I'm using "bad" very loosely here) is that there aren't any included options to modify the control method. The only way to play the game is with a little virtual steering wheel in the bottom right corner. Whatever way the arrow on the steering wheel is pointing is the direction your car goes. It takes a little getting used to, and once you do, the game plays fine. It just seems like an odd omission to not at least have the ability to swap what side of the screen the wheel is on.

The level of difficulty in the game is adjustable (easy, normal, hard). Also included aside from championship modes and quick racing is the skirmish mode which is much more focused on combat than racing. Even if you race through the championship modes, I think Horror Racing is fun enough to have decent replay value especially with multiple characters to play as.


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If you look back at games like Rock'n'Roll Racing or other isometric racers with fond nostalgia, you owe it to yourself to at least try Horror Racing Lite. If you've never played an isometric racer, the same goes for you. People on our forums have really been enjoying the game, and while I don't know if I'd call Horror Racing the best racing game I've played on the iPhone, it's certainly one of the most fun.

App Store Link: Horror Racing, $2.99 - Horror Racing Lite, Free

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  • DannyV

    This kind of reminds me of that old SNES game I used to play at the arcades when I was little. Though I can't remember what it was called right now...

    • nodoctors

      you're probably thinking of Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Off_Road
      ...or RC PRO-AM

      either way, this game is really a blast, and i'd hate to see it go unnoticed and unsupported. check out the lite version and see if it's for you! any fans of old school isometric racing games should already have this.

      i've made a post concerning the controls in the toucharcade thread. once you wrap your mind around how it actually works and cease treating it like an actual steering wheel(and more like a d-pad), you will eventually see how it actually controls perfectly. =)

      • http://twitter.com/Gregz0r Gregz0r

        Yeah, those two games were the ones I immediately thought of when I saw this. I look back on RC-PRO-Am on the original Gameboy with much affection.

      • DannyV

        Yep, that was it! I used to love that game. I tried this one and it's really quite good as well!

  • DannyV

    This kind of reminds me of that old SNES game I used to play at the arcades when I was little. Though I can't remember what it was called right now...

    • nodoctors

      you're probably thinking of Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Off_Road
      ...or RC PRO-AM

      either way, this game is really a blast, and i'd hate to see it go unnoticed and unsupported. check out the lite version and see if it's for you! any fans of old school isometric racing games should already have this.

      i've made a post concerning the controls in the toucharcade thread. once you wrap your mind around how it actually works and cease treating it like an actual steering wheel(and more like a d-pad), you will eventually see how it actually controls perfectly. =)

      • http://twitter.com/Gregz0r Gregz0r

        Yeah, those two games were the ones I immediately thought of when I saw this. I look back on RC-PRO-Am on the original Gameboy with much affection.

      • DannyV

        Yep, that was it! I used to love that game. I tried this one and it's really quite good as well!

  • Rad

    The steering on the lite is very touchy on my 3GS any options to adjust this?

    Options for different camera angles would be nice.

  • http://van Rad

    The steering on the lite is very touchy on my 3GS any options to adjust this?

    Options for different camera angles would be nice.

  • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

    Difficulty is adjustable, between easy, normal and hard in Championship mode.

  • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

    Difficulty is adjustable, between easy, normal and hard in Championship mode.

  • alma

    seems enjoyable

  • alma

    seems enjoyable

  • Kris Jones

    LOL: https://twitter.com/chillingo

    On Chillingo's Twitter, they say from Arnold Kim - "Best Racing Game I've Ever played on the iPhone" when its Eli Hodapp that says "I don't know if it's the Best Racing Game I've ever played on the iPhone."

  • Kris Jones

    LOL: https://twitter.com/chillingo

    On Chillingo's Twitter, they say from Arnold Kim - "Best Racing Game I've Ever played on the iPhone" when its Eli Hodapp that says "I don't know if it's the Best Racing Game I've ever played on the iPhone."

  • TKO

    Oh yeah, this is very much like the old Amiga Super Skidmarks, but with a Wipe Out like boost/weapon mechanic. Could be considered like the Iron Man Super Off Road game where the tracks are much larger (and flatter.)

    Quite a bit of aggression goes on between the players, so be prepared for a bit of brawling as well as racing. The steering wheel mechanic works well, and I think I'm going to get a good bit of lastability out of this. Lots of fun. :)

  • TKO

    Oh yeah, this is very much like the old Amiga Super Skidmarks, but with a Wipe Out like boost/weapon mechanic. Could be considered like the Iron Man Super Off Road game where the tracks are much larger (and flatter.)

    Quite a bit of aggression goes on between the players, so be prepared for a bit of brawling as well as racing. The steering wheel mechanic works well, and I think I'm going to get a good bit of lastability out of this. Lots of fun. :)

  • http://twitter.com/saviopalm Savio

    "Rock'n'Roll Racing" Style - Check

    Now we need a "Uniracers" based game... That would be awesome too!

  • http://twitter.com/saviopalm Savio

    "Rock'n'Roll Racing" Style - Check

    Now we need a "Uniracers" based game... That would be awesome too!

  • Dan

    Come on Chillingo

    give us multiplayer by bluetooth !
    Without multiplayer it is quite boring,
    - with MP this could be the best racing game
    for the iphone.
    Also compare with the old 'Racing Destruction Set'
    from the eighties on C64.
    It had multiplayer, track constriction and various
    gravities...
    Give it a go and make it better
    d

  • Dan

    Come on Chillingo

    give us multiplayer by bluetooth !
    Without multiplayer it is quite boring,
    - with MP this could be the best racing game
    for the iphone.
    Also compare with the old 'Racing Destruction Set'
    from the eighties on C64.
    It had multiplayer, track constriction and various
    gravities...
    Give it a go and make it better
    d

  • Constable Odo

    Racing Destruction Set cost $30 in the '80s. This is only $3.

    • TKO

      Wow, so they could charge, like, $5000 in 2009 dollars for the same feature now. :) Fortunately the economies of scale and electronic distribution for iPhone apps should make a construction-kit a nice cheap option.

      The tracks do look very 'kit-set', so shouldn't be too tricky to set up in a construction set facility. Maybe that could be an update with a small price-bump, or a 'deluxe' version or something. Would certainly add to the replay value.

  • Constable Odo

    Racing Destruction Set cost $30 in the '80s. This is only $3.

    • TKO

      Wow, so they could charge, like, $5000 in 2009 dollars for the same feature now. :) Fortunately the economies of scale and electronic distribution for iPhone apps should make a construction-kit a nice cheap option.

      The tracks do look very 'kit-set', so shouldn't be too tricky to set up in a construction set facility. Maybe that could be an update with a small price-bump, or a 'deluxe' version or something. Would certainly add to the replay value.

  • Capone

    Tried the demo. After getting used to the controls, it's more fun than I thought it would be.

  • Capone

    Tried the demo. After getting used to the controls, it's more fun than I thought it would be.

  • Richard

    Looks like a great game, does anyone know if there are any more racing games on this style on the App Store.. I'm thinking something like Supercars 2 on the Amiga! :)

    • TKO

      I'm not aware of any Super Cars style racers on the iPhone yet. (Which is kinda strange ..I mean, the iPhone should be able to do that style of game beautifully.) This really seems to be the first.

      There is "Line Racer" which has a very Super Cars layout, but totally different gameplay. (Is a lot of fun though, so worth checking out.) And there is 4x4 Jam, which is a 3d view, but the constant jostling between vehicles reminds me of Super Cars. ..Oh, and there is Black Mamba Racer (which I'd forgotten about), definitely Super Cars in style, but looks a bit amateur. :)

  • Richard

    Looks like a great game, does anyone know if there are any more racing games on this style on the App Store.. I'm thinking something like Supercars 2 on the Amiga! :)

    • TKO

      I'm not aware of any Super Cars style racers on the iPhone yet. (Which is kinda strange ..I mean, the iPhone should be able to do that style of game beautifully.) This really seems to be the first.

      There is "Line Racer" which has a very Super Cars layout, but totally different gameplay. (Is a lot of fun though, so worth checking out.) And there is 4x4 Jam, which is a 3d view, but the constant jostling between vehicles reminds me of Super Cars. ..Oh, and there is Black Mamba Racer (which I'd forgotten about), definitely Super Cars in style, but looks a bit amateur. :)

  • AlphakarmA

    this is my first time posting something for a game, i just wanna say i really love this game! it kinda reminds me of the mickey mouse racing game on gameboy. (i think) anyways, why did the devs forgot the lefties on this 1? it woulda been a complete package if there was an option to switch sides for the steering wheel and multiplayer of course T_T next update pls?

    ps. loving the machine guns :P

    • ultimo

      Ur wish has been granted ;)

  • AlphakarmA

    this is my first time posting something for a game, i just wanna say i really love this game! it kinda reminds me of the mickey mouse racing game on gameboy. (i think) anyways, why did the devs forgot the lefties on this 1? it woulda been a complete package if there was an option to switch sides for the steering wheel and multiplayer of course T_T next update pls?

    ps. loving the machine guns :P

    • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

      Ur wish has been granted ;)