There have been many top-down racers inspired by games like Super Offroad or Micro Machines for the iPhone, but so far the genre is fairly barren on the iPad. Racing Mania [99¢ / $3.99 HD] changes all that, bringing a real top-down racer with car upgrades, local multiplayer, 15 different tracks, and 10 cars to both devices.

On the iPhone, Racing Mania isn't much to write home about. There are other games (such as the recently released LilRacerz [99¢]) that offer more variety and a better racing feel. However, on the iPad, the claustrophobic viewpoint of Racing Mania (and other similar games) is pulled far back allowing you to see an amazing amount of the track at once which really changes the whole feel of the game.

iPhone left, iPad right.

On the iPhone, once you purchase a few top speed upgrades for your car, successfully navigating around the tracks seems to require more memorization than anything else as you will be going too fast to really be able to prepare for upcoming turns without bouncing off of them otherwise. On the iPad, you have enough screen real estate to plan out really precise racing lines and burn around the track with ease.

Racing Mania is hard to recommend for the iPhone, but may be worth checking out just for a taste of how well games like this work on the iPad. The upgrade system is a little basic, and the controls aren't ideal, but you don't have to play Racing Mania HD for long as all to realize the potential the genre has on the iPad.

  • Moist

    Who needs to wait for Deliverace/wreckless racing? Im grabbing this 😀

    • http://notoneyet ultimo

      I do, now that you are offering it, Give me my copy 🙂

  • Vexorg

    That trailer should have a seizure warning

  • Argonomic

    Can iPad race against iphone over Bluetooth?

  • Apptapper

    so how does this compair to Lil' Racers?

  • RobyOne
  • Audi

    I want deliverace

  • Graham McAllister

    The videos looked good, but having downloaded it and tried to play it, i realize that it's more fun to watch these videos than play it yourself. There are three control options, but all are frustrating, and the one that probably would have worked best (a virtual joystick) isn't available.
    Unless they update the controls, I'd say avoid this.

  • rich_952000

    LilRacerz, by Blast One, is an action-packed romp that shouldn't be overlooked by fans of the genre 😀

  • Argonomic

    iPad version has crap framerate. Skip.

  • Blinky McWeird

    The controls are fine, except for the steering buttons being too small and too close together. And navigating around even with upgraded speed is fine as long as you're prepared to lift off the gas sometimes. The game's problem is that it's far, far too easy. I beat Medium and Hard modes with all first places using the default car and just a single speed upgrade (spending the rest of the money on acceleration and damage).

  • Mohamed Mansour

    so how does this compair to Lil' Racers?