A couple days ago we first posted about NoCanWin.com's Cubed Rally Racer [$1.99] and the few screenshots along with the trailer saw a huge response both in comments and on our forums. Two days later, and the game is here. The original teaser line the developer emailed us of "RC Pro-Am meets Canabalt [$2.99]" couldn't be a more apt comparison, as Cubed Rally Racer does a great job of combining both the retro feel of isometric NES-era racing games with complete randomization to never play the same track twice.

The goal of Cubed Rally Racer is simple, make it to the end of the track without running out of fuel. You control your car with a set of buttons to turn right or left along with a gas pedal button to accelerate. The controls do take a few races to get used to, as they work exactly like the retro racing games Cubed Rally Racer is based on, and it seems like you have much more control over your car if you tap a direction instead of holding it.

Your car can be refueled by picking up gas cans scattered around the track, as well as golden gas cans with provide a turbo boost for a short period of time. Depending on how cruel the random track generator is, there can be obstacles and jumps all over the place, and there is nothing quite like having the finish line in sight, only to crash in to a cow and need to start over. (Yes, you really can crash in to cows.)

At the end of the race you have three options: You can generate a brand new track to race on, re-play the same track and race against your ghost for more points and a better time, or send an OpenFeint challenge to a friend which includes your track and ghost for them to race against. Something I'd love to see in the future is the ability to save a track, as I've come across some that are beyond ridiculous filled with jumps, gophers, and, draw bridges complete with a ship sailing back and forth that were simply impossible, or far above my ability, to beat. Another thing that has been suggested in our forums is an endless mode, which I also imagine would be absolutely awesome.

While I love in-depth games like Chaos Rings [$12.99], Baseball Superstars 2010 [$4.99 / Free], and the many other games on the App Store that you can sink an immense amount of time in to progressing through the game, the games I always come back to are the ones you can pick up and play for a minute at a time. Doodle Jump [99¢] is highly praised around here because of how perfectly Lima Sky nailed the ability to just load up a game, play for as long as you have time, and do it all over again the next time you're bored. Cubed Rally Racer really seems to have a similar appeal to it in that the tracks are short enough to play a few while you're standing in line somewhere, and like Doodle Jump, the randomization factor always keeps things feeling fresh.

The controls may be a tad too finicky for players who weren't around for racing games before the advent of analog controls, but if you loved RC Pro-Am, Rock n' Roll Racing, and the many other similar games of the era, Cubed Rally Racer will become your de facto "I have two minutes what should I play?" game. Personally, I expect Cubed Rally Racer to live a long life on my iPhone comfortably nestled between the Doodle Jump and Canabalt icons.

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  • shumby

    I'm so excited to go home and buy this thing! The wife wanted me to go to Home Depot tonight and get drywall and stuff...

    uhhh...

    nope! :D

    • Eli Hodapp

      It's small enough to be downloaded via 3G if you have an iPhone... ;)

      • shumby

        dont take her side, dude... jeez.

  • shumby

    I'm so excited to go home and buy this thing! The wife wanted me to go to Home Depot tonight and get drywall and stuff...

    uhhh...

    nope! :D

    • Eli Hodapp

      It's small enough to be downloaded via 3G if you have an iPhone... ;)

      • shumby

        dont take her side, dude... jeez.

  • GodSon

    Don't question the price; Just get it! xD

  • GodSon

    Don't question the price; Just get it! xD

  • tsharpfilm

    Looks very promising. And I definitely like this: "complete randomization to never play the same track twice." I'll probably get this one on Friday after a few more reviews are posted.

  • tsharpfilm

    Looks very promising. And I definitely like this: "complete randomization to never play the same track twice." I'll probably get this one on Friday after a few more reviews are posted.

  • sammysin

    That last line is making it really hard for me not to click the "buy" button ;

  • sammysin

    That last line is making it really hard for me not to click the "buy" button ;\

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    +1 for the endless mode!

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    +1 for the endless mode!

  • Matt

    Very disappointed with the OpenFeint integration. It's simply not needed. I just want this game to have some social features, just not all the Bullshit OpenFeint Adds. Just go with an online high score (time'd) chart thingy. jeez.

    • Xurkey

      Learn to complain about something meaningful.

      Learn to play.

  • Matt

    Very disappointed with the OpenFeint integration. It's simply not needed. I just want this game to have some social features, just not all the Bullshit OpenFeint Adds. Just go with an online high score (time'd) chart thingy. jeez.

    • Xurkey

      Learn to complain about something meaningful.

      Learn to play.

  • highlyrefinedpirate

    Thanks for posting this, I don't think I would have heard about this one otherwise.
    Downloaded this (on 3G, very convenient) and have been playin it nonstop since.

  • highlyrefinedpirate

    Thanks for posting this, I don't think I would have heard about this one otherwise.
    Downloaded this (on 3G, very convenient) and have been playin it nonstop since.

  • Mac Dreidel

    At the risk of sounding like one of the noobie brothers... I dl'd this and spotlight searched it only to not have the icon work. I have re-started twice and now it is completely gone. No search results. This happen to anyone else??

  • Mac Dreidel

    At the risk of sounding like one of the noobie brothers... I dl'd this and spotlight searched it only to not have the icon work. I have re-started twice and now it is completely gone. No search results. This happen to anyone else??

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    Soundtrack, graphics, humor, everything, I LOVE IT!

    • emma

      i know i agre

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    Soundtrack, graphics, humor, everything, I LOVE IT!

  • Folle Rec

    So when is this gonna go on sale? Just kidding!

    Anyway, the isometric view reminds me of "Ivan Iron Man Stewart's Super Off Road", an old PC game.

    Still thinking if I should get this. What are the planned updates for this?

  • Folle Rec

    So when is this gonna go on sale? Just kidding!

    Anyway, the isometric view reminds me of "Ivan Iron Man Stewart's Super Off Road", an old PC game.

    Still thinking if I should get this. What are the planned updates for this?

  • Shibuya_109

    This is a fun little game but really let down by the lack of in-game music. It needs some sort of catcy 8-bit soundtrack, but all you get are simple sound effects.

  • Shibuya_109

    This is a fun little game but really let down by the lack of in-game music. It needs some sort of catcy 8-bit soundtrack, but all you get are simple sound effects.

  • sk8erdude50

    ya just needs endless music and it will be complete. Am i the only one who thinks the winning sound is too loud compared to everything else?

  • sk8erdude50

    ya just needs endless music and it will be complete. Am i the only one who thinks the winning sound is too loud compared to everything else?

Cubed Rally Racer Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 4.5