This past December, Namco Bandai released Ridge Racer Slipstream [$2.99], a new mobile version of the long-running arcade racing series that culled together vehicles and tracks from previous Ridge Racer games. For the most part, the game was very good: it looked great visually, had a ton of single-player content, and most importantly it "felt" like a proper Ridge Racer game, something that was sorely missing from the series' last outing on iOS. The negative aspects of the game were mostly due to its pay model. Slipstream was a paid game, but featured the trappings of a free to play title, like two forms of in-game currency (but thankfully no timers). On the bright side, all content was obtainable without paying anything beyond the initial price, though some patience and some extreme racing skills were required. Overall though, we thought Ridge Racer Slipstream was pretty darn good.

In the months since, several updates have arrived for Slipstream, most notably the addition of online multiplayer back in March. Today the second major update for the game is here, adding in two brand new race tracks, a number of new vehicles, new Masters' Class career content and support for MFi game controllers.

The other interesting thing about Ridge Racer Slipstream is that, as of a couple of weeks ago, the game is available to download for free in the App Store. It's hard to tell if this is a permanent price drop or not, seeing as the game has seen tons of price drops and freebies since it launched back in December. However, whether temporary or permanent, Slipstream is one hell of a deal for free. As mentioned, there are some free to play-ish aspects to it, but nothing is locked behind a hard paywall. With the addition of online multiplayer earlier this year and today's new content update, you're getting quite a lot for zero dollars. If you're a fan of the Ridge Racer series on other platforms, then you'll definitely want to check out Slipstream for free if you haven't done so already.

  • XzJ450NzX

    This game crashes on my ipod 5th gen even after the crash fix update. It better not crash this time..

    • CecilMcW00t

      This current version still runs like molasses on my iPod Touch 5th Gen. =/

      Was so disappointed.

  • kaysa

    Holy shit! This game STILL crashes right after the Bandai logo on my iPad Air. I paid money for this and haven't been able to play this game just once. Way to go!