Category Archives: Racing

I've been a huge F1 fan for over twenty five years and still watch it religiously. And I've also had the chance to play a couple of the Codemasters' F1 PC games in the past, so I have a pretty good sense of what the developer brings to the racing genre. So, when I heard at the Apple keynote that Codemasters was bringing what looked like a full F1 game to mobile, I was very excited. I love racing games on mobile, and I always thought that a well-made F1 game with the actual license and tracks would be great. Now we finally got F1 2016 [$9.99], and I have to say I'm impressed in some ways and quite disappointed in others. First of all, this game has way more content than I expected it to have in terms of modes and ways to play it. At the same time, half of those modes are marred by incredibly dumb AI opponents. And on top of that, there are numerous bugs and design decisions that make playing the game frustrating at times. When the driving clicks, though, the game is really fun...

While the vast array of smartphone options gives you a lot of choice on what millimetre-thick piece of plastic and glass you decide will dominate your life, it does lead to a lot of fragmentation for mobile gamers. With so many options which generally boil down to the Amazon family of devices, Android alternatives and Apple's beautiful walled garden, it's sometimes frustrating to find that you can't play with your friends who opted for another operating system. Thankfully, the developers of Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99] have recently updated their flagship racing title with cross-platform online play on mobile, with the potential to later add console and PC players to the action, as well as a whole host of refinements that further improve the multiplayer elements to Renegade that we loved in our review back in August...




Things are really hotting up in this season's Formula One world championship, with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg able to tie up proceedings with a victory in Brazil this weekend. With such high stakes, it's understandable that hardcore supporters of the motorsport are excitedly anticipating Sunday's race, and to help fuel the fervent fires of such fans Codemasters have today surprisingly dropped an iOS version of F1 2016 [$9.99] on the App Store. With all the iconic drivers from this year's series, coupled with all 21 classic circuits visited over the course of the championship, and unsurprisingly stunning graphical detail to the vehicles and environments, F1 2016 could be the next big premium racing release on the iPhone, and for $9.99 certainly has the price tag to support such claims...

Retro Top-Down Racer 'Built for Speed' Soft Launches, Lets You Create Your Own Race Tracks

Top down racing games are a perfect fit for the smaller touch screens of mobile devices, as the prioritisation for amusing arcade action over the meticulous and precise nature of more serious racing simulators suits the platform better in my opinion, and the success of games such as the Reckless Racing [$0.99] series emphasises how such titles can be a lot of fun to play. While, at first glance, Meizi Games' latest release Built for Speed looks relatively derivative of other games within the genre, it looks like there is a lot to like about the upcoming top down racer, and some really interesting ideas that haven't been seen in similar titles. With some colorful pixel art graphics, asynchronous online multiplayer, and even a really intuitive track creator, Built for Speed could be an essential racer on the App Store, and has soft launched in Canada, Finland, Brazil, India and The Philippines, so if you're lucky enough to live in one of these regions, download it here...

If you're one of those who enjoy racing where cars are not supposed to race, then you probably want to download Asphalt Xtreme [Free], the new Gameloft racing game that has just released. The game brings dozens of Monster Trucks, Muscle Cars, and barely-legal cars, from brands such as Jeep, Mercedes, Chevy, and more, and lets you visit the world and get all Xtreme, although technically not on the Asphalt. Would that count as false-advertising? Maybe? The game offers 8-player real-time multiplayer along with the typical vehicle customization that are always part of these types of racing games...

'Ridge Racer Draw & Drift', the Next Game in the Legendary Racing Series, Has Soft Launched on the App Store

Well, this was unexpected. Out of absolutely nowhere, a new Ridge Racer game for mobile, titled Ridge Racer Draw & Drift, has soft launched onto the App Stores of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. However, as you may have guessed from the game's title, this isn't your standard arcade racing fare in the style of Real Racing 3 [Free] - in the newest Ridge Racer release on iPhone, you instead have to draw out the line your car will race on a 2D map of the track, and then control the drifting of the vehicle while it automatically drives around the track. While this interesting new mechanic may be the biggest new feature in the game, developers Bandai Namco have ensured that everything else you'd expect from the Ridge Racer series is present, such as stunning graphics, an exuberant electric soundtrack, and a whole host of cars that can be unlocked throughout the game...

Rush Rally 2 [$3.99] is a mainstay on my iPhone, as despite coming from a small development team from the UK, it managed to be an incredibly immersive, balanced, and most of all fun racing game, which has been a rarity on the App Store of late. While the game was critically acclaimed in our review back in June, this hasn't stopped developer Brownmonster from enhancing the racing simulator with further additions since release. However, in comparison to the 1.06 update that launched today, previous additions seem relatively superfluous, as multiplayer support through Game Center, an online ranking system and a whole host of both major additions and minor tweaks cement Rush Rally 2's peerless position as the best rally racing game on iOS to date...

Assoluto Racing [Free] is one of the best racing games on the App Store right now, and the latest 1.1 update has added plenty of new features that should make the game even better. The update has added a new racetrack, time sections (which help see where on the track you need to improve), a dashboard camera (which is my favorite way to race) as well as improvements in the game's physics with stronger grip at minimal steer angle and bump physics for the surfaces outside the track. There are also some UI changes and, of course, the usual bug fixes, the biggest being adjusting premium currency prices for tuning upgrades. Finally, the visuals have been improved, always a welcome addition even if the visuals already looked good...

As we learned last month, retro-inspired racer Horizon Chase [Free] has just reached the one-year anniversary of arriving in the App Store, and to celebrate the team at Aquiris Game Studio has just released a special update adding some great new content to the game. This new content comes in the form of a new Australian Cup with 9 brand new tracks and two new vehicles, one a more modern high-performance sports car and the other more of a classic muscle car. Both are very welcome additions to what I believe is one of the finest racers on mobile, and you can see the new stuff in action in the following trailer...

Audiosurf was the very first PC game I ever owned, and it still holds up as well now as it did back in 2008. Having a game that turned my obscure punk music into playable tracks was revolutionary, and ever since the App Store launched, I have been looking for a similar alternative to play on the go. Riddim Ribbon, from the makers of App Store relic Tap Tap Revenge, was the only one that got close, yet the restriction of only a few R&B tracks lessened the experience for myself personally. An Audiosurf game was also announced in 2012, but unfortunately never came to fruition. 7 long years later, Riff Racer [$1.99], from developers FOAM Entertainment, has not only filled this void but utterly smashed my expectations, because as well as including the musically-generated tracks to follow, they have also turned the Audiosurf formula into a complete stunt racing title, which looks as unfathomably awesome as it sounds...

'Riptide GP: Renegade' Review - Screaming for Vengeance

Vector Unit makes their aquatic racing series bigger and better in Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99]. The aquatic racing genre is a small one with few new contenders to the Riptide GP [$0.99] throne. Which is easy to see why – there's water physics to contend with, not to mention the challenge of creating engaging courses. Yet, Vector Unit has excelled in this genre, from Hydro Thunder Hurricane to the Riptide GP games. Now with Renegade, they take the series from mobile to console and then back to mobile. And the game is well worth the wait – the formula here is still incredibly strong, with some interesting new iterations to the franchise, and some clear improvements from the console scope of this one...

Horizon Chase [Free] is a pretty astonishing mobile game in numerous different ways. Not only did it receive a glowing review back in 2015, where we declared it as the gold standard for retro-inspired racers on the App Store, but it was also used as a way for composer Barry Leith to propose to his girlfriend in the game, which won the hearts of many adoring fans - and most importantly the lucky lady, who did indeed say yes. Now with over 5 million downloads and around 70 million races completed since its release, developers Aquiris are celebrating the one year anniversary of Horizon Chase's launch with a set of updates that include a new cup, two new cars and Apple TV support...

Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99] launched on Apple TV earlier this month, and with its high-octane futuristic racing coupled with some beautifully detailed graphics, it went down extremely well with racing fans on the variety of platforms it was released on. However, with the series originating on iOS back in 2011, and the predecessor Riptide GP2 [$1.99] receiving much deserved praise in our review on its release in 2013, many fans on our forums have been eagerly anticipating when Riptide GP: Renegade would make the transition to mobile devices. Thankfully, it didn't take too long - Renegade has today launched on the App Store, and with the same premium features for a heavily reduced cost of $2.99 (from its previous $9.99 price point for the Apple TV version), it seems Vector Unit have yet again created another hit for any fans of adrenaline-pumping, high speed jet ski-esque action...

The iPhone has always been a perfect platform for racing titles, and while this year's Rush Rally 2 [$3.99] received much deserved praise in our review, the behind-the-car camera was maligned by a few for not recreating the immersion of a true first-person perspective of traditional rally games, or other driving simulators such as Real Racing 3 [Free]. Thankfully, within barely a few months of release, developer Brownmonster has updated Rush Rally 2 with a fully fledged cockpit view, which will certainly satiate any purists, or those who may want another dimension when driving around the numerous beautiful terrains that the game offers. ..

In our review of Brownmonster's Rush Rally 2 [$3.99], we called it "the best rally racer on iOS." But what happens when the best gets even better? Is it best…er? Even more best? The most bestest? Ah who cares, all that really matters is that on August 18th Rush Rally 2 is getting a brand new update that adds an oft-requested cockpit camera into the game. Brownmonster has recut the game's App Store preview video with some new footage of this new feature, check it out...

It's pretty crazy to think that Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99 / Free] from Tree Men Games has been around for nearly two years, and even crazier to think about the amount of content that's been added via updates in the time since its launch. It's evolved from a pretty simplistic vehicular arena survival game to one that features tons of different levels to play, multiple vehicles, additional game modes, and even a slick 3rd-person camera option. Today the latest Pako update has launched and once again it transforms the game significantly. The "Pakocalypse" update adds a new level called Aftermath along with 3 brand new vehicles all of which look like they came straight out of Mad Max. Of course, it's not just an aesthetic apocalyptic theme, as while you're playing Aftermath there are zombies roaming the land, tanks threatening you from all around, and even death and destruction raining down from the sky...

It's hard to believe that we're coming up on two years since XperimentalZ Games launched Pixel Boat Rush [Free] on the App Store, but here we are, and despite that lengthy chunk of time the developers have just released a meaty new update for the game. This update introduces 16 new super difficult races called Masters Races, which include new Masters Trophies to win which of course leads to unlocking a new set of Master boats. These Master boats will be equipped with new weaponry like a flamethrower, a cannon, an x-ray weapon, and more. Here's a couple of screens taken from the new Masters Race series...

Yeah, you read that right. ReRunners: Race for the World [Free] is a massive multiplayer online platformer. Kind of. You never actually see other live players, but the world is populated and alive regardless. And it is freaking outstanding. I have been utterly hooked by this game for the last week. Not only is the actual gameplay smooth, fun, and functional, but the crazy, vibrant, psychedelic world that you’ll explore is almost worth the price of admission alone. Or it would be, if this game even had a price tag. There is a ton of expressive, creative content, with loads of customization options for your character and upgrades. I implore you to read on, my friends, for this is one of the most original games I’ve had the good fortune to be completely addicted to this year...

Although many indies have tried to replicate the tiny racing feeling of classic early '90s release Micro Machines on mobile, the actual licensed IP has been strangely absent from the App Store. Way back in October of last year, Chillingo and original Micro Machines developer Codemasters announced a partnership to revive the series for mobile, and after a fairly lengthy soft-launch period their new Micro Machines [Free] has hit the App Store just ahead of its previously announced July 14th global release date...

Thumb Drift [Free] is a game that I initially downloaded on a whim, yet has become a mainstay on my iPhone despite my distaste for any racing game that doesn't involve blue shells and broken hearts. Through excellent controls and numerous incentives to keep trying to get further and further on each track, developers SMG managed to create a driving experience that is perfectly suited for mobile, and despite some of the patience pushing winding turns the game is even more difficult to put down. Support for Thumb Drift in previous months has been very welcome, and that pattern continues today with a new update bringing tracks, cars and much more to this iOS drifting extravaganza...

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