Category Archives: Racing

Pigeon Wings [$1.99] does so many things right, it's hard to pinpoint all of them and why they feel the way they do. First off the game is downright charming, and just the act of playing it puts a huge smile on my face. Second is that it controls impeccably well with a mixture of extremely fine-tuned tilt controls and screen taps. Third is that these qualities coupled with well-designed, bite-sized levels have turned the game into a hotbed of fierce competition, as has been playing out in the game's forum thread since its release a couple of weeks ago. A lot of this I think has to do with slow, iterative development, and as I mentioned when I first posted about Pigeon Wings a little over a month ago the game took over 2 years to complete. ..

With the iOS platform approaching a decade of existence, there are quite a few titles you could denote as classics when talking about the history of mobile gaming. Jet Car Stunts [$1.99 / Free] is without a doubt one of those titles. Launching in the fall of 2009 with the App Store still in its infancy, Jet Car Stunts married the unique capabilities of iOS devices with some seriously fun stunt track racing. There really was no greater feeling that launching your little digital rocket car into the air, spinning and twirling, and totally nailing the landing on the other side. Or finding some obscure shortcut that gives you a leg up on the highly competitive online leaderboards. Yes for some Jet Car Stunts was an obsession, and for me personally it brings back great memories of the early days of iOS gaming. However, 2009 was a LONG time ago, and the last significant update to Jet Car Stunts was way back in July of 2012 when the game received long-awiated Universal iPad support and some performance improvements. Well, with iOS 11 and its lack of support for 32-bit apps likely coming in just a couple of months, many fans were holding out hope that this oldie but goodie would get some 64-bit update love from developer True Axis. Today that update love has arrived. ..




I've been eagerly following the development of GRID Autosport over the past few months, and early glimpses of Feral Interactive's mobile port of the beloved Codemasters console racer suggest that it could be the next essential racing simulator on the App Store. Alpha preview footage emerged back in June, and it was pretty stunning to see such a detail-rich game look so refined on a smartphone, even at this incredibly early stage. However, all of the gameplay focused purely on an first-person, outside-the-car perspective, and many racing game enthusiasts on our forum thread and Discord server wondered whether a cockpit view would be in the final game. In response to this feedback, Feral have released a gif on their Twitter account that shows some additional in-game footage, most notably with a new cockpit camera configuration that should appease fans wanting a realistic racing experience on iOS...

'Motorsport Manager Mobile 2' Review - Racing at a Whole New Level

The original Motorsport Manager was a very entertaining racing game that I played quite a lot, initially at least. While the racing part was fun—even though I sometimes felt that my choices didn't have much of an impact—the lack of long-term driver development made each season feel insulated from the rest, which blunted my desire to play through multiple seasons. Still, the game was accessible to those who weren't that much into motorsports and good-looking enough to draw the attention of people just randomly looking at my phone screen. As one of the first motorsport management games on the App Store, Motorsport Manager definitely entertained, and I'm happy to say that Motorsport Manager Mobile 2 [$3.99] (MMM 2) has improved the original formula (pun intended) and turned it into a much more substantial game with a lot more fuel in the tank, despite some relatively small issues...

Do a Barrel Roll in the Stunning Low Poly Stunt Racer 'REKT!', Coming Soon to the App Store

Before I truly got into iOS gaming, I didn't think I was a particularly big fan of racing games. Beyond the accessible arcade classic kart racers like Mario Kart or Crash Team Racing, the nuances of driving were simply too much for my impressionable ten year old mind. However, experiencing games such as the hyper realism of Real Racing 3 [Free], the meticulous action of Rush Rally 2 [$0.99], and even the sheer high-octane chaos of Jet Car Stunts [$1.99] completely changed my perspective on the driving genre, especially on mobile. The suitably titled upcoming release REKT! appears to follow the stunt-based shenanigans of Trueaxis's iconic App Store series, as you flip, boost and barrel roll around beautiful low-polygon playground amidst a slick 60 frames per second...

The entertaining Crash of Cars [Free], the real-time multiplayer game inspired by .io games, continues to grow, and the game's latest update has added plenty of new content. We got a water park update recently, but now we got something very different. First of all, the game got a new Castle-themed map, which includes catapults (of course) and even a gladiator battle arena. The new arena is definitely an appropriate addition to game that's all about going medieval on each other with every chance we get. The update also added 7 new cards, including a couple that were designed with the medieval theme in mind...

Here's the Stunning First Footage From the Mobile Port of 'GRID Autosport'

A few weeks ago, the unfortunate news broke that Feral Interactive's port of the classic Codemasters racing title GRID Autosport had been delayed to Autumn. While this was obviously a disappointing move, the developers asserted their commitment to what will be a major 2017 App Store release, and promised that the delay would mean a more polished and better quality title when the Autumn date eventually rolls around. To satiate excited fans of the series, Feral have today released a glimpse of Alpha footage from GRID Autosport, and all I can really say is wow...

'GRID Autosport' Has Been Delayed to Autumn for iOS, With an Android Version Launching Later This Year

The App Store port of Codemaster's premium console racer GRID Autosport has been one of the most eagerly anticipated titles on our Upcoming Games forum, and rightfully so. With the promise of the 'complete experience' of the 2014 iteration of the TOCA series, the forum thread for GRID Autosport has almost reached one hundred posts in a matter of months, and has garnered over 30,000 views from eager gamers wanting to get behind the wheel in the next big-budget racing release. However, the initial Spring release date came and went, and many have been asking when the game would finally be available on iOS, let alone whether it would launch at all on the Google Play store. Today, Feral Interactive have brought some clarification to the issue of the game's release date - as many had expected, GRID Autosport has been delayed to Autumn so more work can be done on the UI and performance. However, the developers have also confirmed that the racing title will also be making its way to 'select Android devices' later this year...

Racing video games have taken a bit of a personal renaissance for me lately. Maybe it's been instigated by the exhilarating and frankly ridiculous 200cc mode on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but I can't get enough of any title that lets me take a blistering accurately racing line around a particularly nasty corner. The App Store thankfully has its own share of brilliant driving experiences, from the blistering pace of Riptide GP: Renegade [$0.99] to the more methodical simulation of Rush Rally 2. Today, Ace Racing Turbo [$3.99] joins the former camp in fast paced action, and after a limited soft launch earlier this month the game has finally released worldwide on mobile devices for the sweet price of absolutely nothing (with some in-app purchases in the back seat)...

Early last month we posted about a newly soft-launched game called NASCAR Heat Mobile [Free] from developer 704 Games, and over the weekend that game has now gone live worldwide. You may know 704 Games under their previous name Dusenberry Martin Racing, who acquired the NASCAR license in January 2015 in order to develop NASCAR games exclusively. They teamed up with Monster Games, developers of the original NASCAR Heat series of the early 2000s, to create NASCAR Heat Evolution for consoles and PCs, which released in September of last year to poor reviews. NASCAR Heat Mobile is a collaboration between 704 and long-time handheld racing game makers Firebrand Games...

New 'Crash Club' Car Customisation Trailer Released, Touting 'One Trillion Possibilities'

Crash Club, the latest massively multiplayer car combat title from Prettygreat, has been high on my radar ever since the title was announced back in January. Notwithstanding the developer's excellent pedigree, the colorful yet anarchic take on the mobile driving genre stood out with its impressive emphasis on customisation, as well as its juxtaposition of chaotic action with careful tactic consideration that looked extremely compelling. While Crash Club soft launched in Australia and New Zealand earlier this month, the developers have today shared some additional details on the degree of design you are able to possess in designing your perfect combat vehicle, and have also shared a new trailer showcasing some of the slickest builds in action...

I'm not too sure what it is about Thumb Drift [Free], but it tends to be one of the surefire titles I will gravitate to when I have minutes to kill on the tube, or while I'm waiting for a bus. Its accessibility combined with its subtle challenge and the compulsive need to keep on improving on high scores means it's the perfect title for short bursts, and despite numerous attempts nothing new has satiated that arcade drifting itch since the game first launched early last year. However Pixel Drifters [Free] - which has today launched for free on the App Store - is looking like a strong contender for Thumb Drift's lofty throne. An interesting pseudo-open world approach combined with beautiful pixel graphics and a hilarious sense of humor means Appsolute Games could be onto a winner here, which has only been supported by some excellent initial feedback on our forum thread...

'Ace Racing Turbo' Brings Breakneck Speeds and Titanic Tracks to the App Store, and Is Looking for Beta Testers

While titles such as Real Racing 3 [Free] and Rush Rally 2 [$0.99] have driven to the front of the pack when it comes to realism and immersion in the mobile racing genre, I've always had a soft spot for games that abandon this ethos and dial the ridiculousness up to 11. Whether that's causing a 20 car collision on Burnout, or simply flying around with reckless abandon in Jet Car Stunts 2 [Free], racing titles that lay off the brake and go for pure thrills resonate with me greatly. Hence why the upcoming Ace Racing Turbo has caught my eye - with monumental extensive racing tracks and an abundance of turbo to propel your cars around them, this latest driving title drops the simulator label for pure chaos, and the developers are currently looking for beta testers if such action piques your interest...

The Formula 1 2017 season is already rumbling down the tracks in Australia, so we shouldn't be surprised that Codemasters has dropped the price for its F1 2016 [$4.99] game for the first time since its release. I didn't enjoy the game too much when I reviewed it because it has some issues with the way the AI reacts to your car on track as well as the usual Codemasters bugs. At the same time, it's a very entertaining F1 racing game, and the App Store doesn't have many of those. The game brings along all the cars, drivers, and tracks from last year's season, which makes it a fun game for the fans of the sport...

Codemasters' Console Racer 'GRID Autosport' Is Driving Onto iOS Later This Year

Over the past few months, Feral Interactive have put together an impressive run of converting premium console releases to the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPad. Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] brought the cult classic strategic conquering action to the App Store, and the sequel-cum-expansion Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion is set to launch on the iPad later this month. Despite this pedigree in the strategy genre, Feral are taking a sharp left turn with their next iOS port - today the London-based developers announced that Codemasters' GRID Autosport would be making the transition to mobile, as the complete experience from the previous PC and console release in 2014...

Rush Rally 2 [$0.99], a labor of love by a single developer, continues to improve, which is something given the fact that we gave the game 5 stars in our review. Since launch, the game has seen plenty of updates that have added features or improved existing ones, and the update that hit today does both of those. The most interesting addition is manual gears, which should give really good racers a better feel for the car. According to our forum users, manual gears have been implemented well, which is not the easiest thing to do on a touchscreen. The update also added analog steering wheel control, which should improve the car handling...

If you like your racing games fast, arcadey, and fun, check out the newly-released Rally Run [Free]. This free-to-play game initially looks like a runner all about line-changing, but because of the rally-appropriate drifting mechanic and the fact that you're racing to beat times rather than distance, there's more to do in Rally Run. There is also - of course - a nitro boost mechanic that rewards you for chaining boosts together. Each car has its own skills that make it run better on specific surfaces, which means you should be matching car to track. Of course, this kind of mechanic, along with car rarities, opens up all kinds of monetization pandoras' boxes...

Motorsport Manager [$1.99], the racing management game that came out a couple of years ago, became popular primarily because of its tilt-shift camera effect during the races, but there is more to that game than just fun visuals effects; Motorsport Manager is one of the most entertaining sports management games on the App Store, and now you can grab it for free. If you haven't read our review of the game from 2014, know that Motorsport Manager manages to make the world of racing interesting even for those who aren't that into the sport. It's not that complex overall, but the race day events give you plenty to do as you try to get your two drivers at the checkered flag while balancing risk and reward...

Prettygreat Announce Online Driving Combat Game 'Crash Club', and Are Looking for Beta Testers

Prettygreat are undoubedtly one of our favorite mobile developers of recent times, as the ex-Halfbrick heroes were responsible for the TouchArcade Game of the Year for 2015 in the form of Land Sliders [Free], as well as the eccentric and entertaining Slide the Shakes [Free]. However, the latter title released all the way back in February 2016, and so many have been fervently anticipating what the Australian developers have been working on in the months since, and whether they can push on from their admittedly excellent puzzle gaming roots. Today, such questions have been emphatically answered by the announcement of Crash Club - with the promise of hectic online driving, crashing and combat action, Crash Club is Prettygreat's most ambitious effort to date, and the developers are looking for players to help beta test the game in the lead up to its release in a few months' time...

One of my very favorite recent releases is the Out Run-inspired arcade racer Highway Runners [$0.99] from developer Brownieless Games. It launched amidst the madness of the holiday rush mid-December, and once that craziness had finally cleared and the new year was upon us I was just about to pull the trigger on a "Hey guys check this out!" kind of article about it. As luck would have it, though, our own Chris Carter came through with a full review right at that same time, which is far better than my own silly ramblings would be. At any rate, the word was out! And I was very happy about that. While most who have ventured into Highway Runners have loved it, two major requests have arisen pretty frequently. One was for touch controls, as the game originally launched as tilt-only, and the developers added in a wonderful touch option just prior to us posting our review. So that took care of that. The second major request was for native iPad support, and as of today that's officially a thing with a new Universal update for Highway Runners...

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