Two of my favorite things about the iPad include just how much you can see on screen at once and how well this increased screen size goes with single-device multiplayer. Danger Derby [$4.99] is a top-down racing game that fully embraces these two strengths of the device. Gameplay is a little on the basic side, but as many developers have proven already with games like NimbleBit's Omium [99¢], solid local multiplayer can make even the simplest of games can be a ton of fun.

Four game modes are included in Danger Derby. The first is Arcade mode, which throws you in to a four car race. Finishing third or better awards upgrade points that are spent after each race to upgrade the speed, handling and acceleration of your car. Challenge mode is next, which pits you against a single ghost car to race against. Freeplay allows for play on any track with customizable difficulty, lap count, opponent count, and car upgrade levels. A fourth unlockable mirror mode is also available which flips all the tracks and ramps up the difficulty.

Single player is a little lackluster, as the AI opponents seem to just follow standard racing lines and winning races usually just amounts to not making mistakes. I was almost ready to give up on Danger Derby, then I tried multiplayer. When a second player joins the game, a second set of on-screen controls appear on the opposite side of the iPad, allowing both players to play. With a another player in the mix sitting across from you, the game is exponentially more fun as races seem to devolve from just racing around the track as quickly as possible to sabotaging each other.

This gets even more fun in freeplay mode as you ramp the track difficulty up to hard, which adds all kinds of dangerous obstacles. Massive spinning saw blades, barricades that appear and disappear, and huge pits that suck your car in are all included among others. Check out the trailer to see how this all goes together:

If you don't have someone else to play with, I'm not sure how much fun you will have with Danger Derby. There is progression through difficulty levels and trophies to unlock, but playing through the game unlocking things pales in comparison to just playing freeplay mode with another player. If you're looking for another great game with fun single device multiplayer on your iPad, consider Danger Derby.

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  • JCat

    Great style - looks like a great two player game - may grab this during the weekend. Would be amazing if this gets an update in the future for some wi-fi loving with four players.

  • Cyggie

    Let me be the first to say it... "SWEET ICON"!

  • Will

    Are there any games like this for the iPhone? I know there's that great looking EA published app, but I need one NOOOOW

  • Miost

    OMG! It's out :)
    This just made my day. Reminds ne of the good ol' days of supreme sprint :B

    • Miost

      Super Sprint :P

  • Dan

    How many levels are in this game?

    • http://www.livetouch.fr silent genius

      There are 7 tracks unlocked at first. If you complete the Arcade mode -race through all 7 tracks and end up first, second or third consecutively on Easy, Medium and Hard difficulty- you unlock the 8th track.

      As the review says, you also have the Challenges mode where you race against a best time ghost trying to do better and Freeplay mode where you can fully customize your race.

      Mirror mode unlocks when you managed to get all the trophies.

  • HerbertKornfeld

    As nice as this looks, it’d be even better with remote iPhone/iPod controls. Then, it seems, it would work with even more than two players. And if tilt controls were implemented, we’d get much more precision than what the current digital controls are able to offer.