Category Archives: Racing

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 [$2.99] to the more methodical simulation of Rush Rally 2. Today, Ace Racing Turbo [$1.99] 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 [$6.99 (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 [$1.99] 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...

Out Run really was ahead of its time. Released over 30 years ago, Yu Suzuki tapped into the racing market like never before, with a sit-down car-like arcade cabinet and an exploration-based concept. In Out Run the objective wasn't to really "finish first" despite the time limit mechanic. It was all about the journey, providing choices for where to go by way of forked roads, leading to multiple playthroughs, and even other choices that weren't typical at the time, like radio stations. The game broke my preconceived notions of what the medium could do at the time as a young runt, and still stands as one of Sega's crowning achievements. It was a magical experience stepping inside one of those cabinets, and although Highway Runners [$1.99] doesn't really hit all of the same notes, it's a nice little homage to a bygone era...

It's that extremely awkward period between Christmas and New Year where no-one really knows what to do with themselves, and so unfortunately the usual tsunami of iOS game news has slowed down to the size of a more modest ripple in the vast ocean that is the App Store. On the positive side of things, this gives everyone a chance to catch up on their sprawling iPhone backlog, and even try out some of the titles that went on sale over the holiday season, which we extensively listed in our big Christmas discount round-up. However, one particular 2016 gem slipped through the cracks - Rush Rally 2 [$0.99] has today gone on sale for the first time ever, and is now available for the ridiculous price of 2016. Yes, despite only being a 50% reduction, ridiculous is apt in this case - Rush Rally 2 offers such meticulously designed racing action that continues to get better with successive updates that $1.99 is a bargain for anyone looking to get behind the virtual wheel on their iPhone...

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 [$4.99], 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 [$4.99] 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...

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