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05-15-2012, 11:30 PM
#11
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 3,997
Game Impressions



Image (resized): Aztec track, Goliath car

The same screenshot with original iPad 3 pixel resolution (4.9 MB—sorry imageshack seems to be a bit slow right now):
http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/458...sipad3orig.png

Okay it's not a Real Racing 2 or Asphalt 6 by far but it offers a pretty good nostalgic (intended or not?—hard to tell…) racing feeling.

The standard controls are fine (option: auto or manual acceleration). Graphically it's worse than Asphalt 5 (five) here on iPad 3, maybe two or three years back in iOS tech development standards. Slowly popping up items in the background (not often but too often), blunt looking cars without shiny reflections or dynamic shadows, low resolution altogether.

But it runs very smooth. The usual four viewing positions far/near behind your car or on your front bumpers. Never seen before: A kind of reset button (hard to reach on iPad, top center) when you had a (hard) crash to put the car quickly back on the track; that gives a bit of a slots model cars racing feeling. The AI seems to be varying, the others are even making bad driving errors on rare occasions. Quick race restart if you need it.

Love the moving trains and underground railroads besides the racing track (in RR2 there are trains as well but they never move). There are many up- and downhills. The downtown track is very long and hard with it's sharp 90 degrees turns.

Rocky background music (stereophonic) with electric guitars. Effect sounds monophonic. Seems to be a bug: On some tracks I can't hear my car's motor sound (all other sounds are okay), normally I can hear how the gears are switching. No local multiplayer what is a bummer because I love local multiplayer races A LOT more than that online stuff (it's a REAL social experience believe me). Didn't try online multiplayer yet.

There seems not to be much more than three cars (I can't upgrade the cars, or maybe I couldn't find such an option because some menu fonts are a bit too stylish and hard to read), five tracks (plus reverse) and four game modes. But since there are not many new 3D racers (where the hell is Asphalt 7?—will pay €100 and even more if it's only half as good as A6) and since I love cars AND trains I don't regret that I bought it. As said before: The (somewhat retro) feeling and the controls are fine so far.

The three cars:

Stinger Easy, top speed 288 km/h. Tilt to turn. Will automatically drift.
Duke Normal, 295 km/h. Tap the brake twice to activate a drift.
Goliath Hard, 311 km/h. This car does not drift. Be ready on the brake.

Tracks:

Oval
Speedway
Alpine
Aztec
Metropolis

Game modes:

Arcade
Career
Quick Play
Online

Asphalt 6 (my rating: five stars out of five) costs $0.99 (iPhone) and $1.99 (HD, iPad) at the moment—so if you don't have it yet Asphalt 6: Adrenaline is much better value for the money if you want a hyper modern and full-blown action arcade racer with the absolute supercars, postcard tracks and an awesome trippy ground flight speed feeling (made with cinematographic psycho fine tuning tricks like motion blurs, image shattering, neon colors in adrenaline mode—for me personally better than good old WipEout and even better than all air or space flight/combat games) with unbelievable multiple jumps and full of coolest stuff. Compare: Original iPad retina screenshots of Asphalt 6.

My rating for Speedway Racers: 2.5 stars, maybe 3 (after some updates, cars, tracks even more stars possible, consider retina graphics). But not so bad for a first version.

I know it's hard to compare a newcomer with Asphalt and RR (almost unfair)—but those are the iOS App Store rules.

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Last edited by Habakuk; 05-18-2012 at 04:15 AM. Reason: Added screenshot
05-15-2012, 11:49 PM
#12
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: iANiMeX's left ear
Posts: 2,878
Omg oval tracks downloading now. NASCAR here I come .

05-16-2012, 02:15 AM
#13
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,148
Game Impressions

Very fun arcade racer. Sure, it could use some fleshing out content-wise, but it gets the core basics right. Does not really play like Daytona; the game mechanics are more sophisticated and less arcadey than that title, which is fine by me. Online multiplayer and no IAP. Recommended.
05-16-2012, 02:44 AM
#14
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 494
Looks great, like Daytona. Are there touch controls?
05-16-2012, 02:48 AM
#15
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,419
Gotta say I think. This is a very good game! Graphically retro( in a good way) but there is a lot of detail there, the handling is good and gameplay is a lot of fun. Personally I would be interested to see button steering as an option, for some reason I am having trouble taking the tight turns using gyro. More tracks would be good, hopefully in an update, so far very happy with the purchase.
05-16-2012, 02:51 AM
#16
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,148
For much finer tilt control try the hood-top view. I did, and never looked back. Literally - there is no rear view mirror. Har, har, har.
05-16-2012, 02:55 AM
#17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Habakuk View Post
.. but it offers a pretty good nostalgic (intended or not?hard to tell) racing feeling.
We did indeed want to go for a retro feeling but not exactly the same as the old games

Quote:
Slowly popping up items in the background (ipad)
Our next update deals with this issue and should be hitting the appstore very soon

Quote:
On some tracks I can't hear my car's motor sound
Hmmm.. this only happened a couple of times during our testing, we shall look in to this and hopefully have a fix soon, when it happened during testing we had to restart the race a couple of times for it to kick in.

We are also working on a couple of new tracks (neon city, funland theme park) which will be added free of charge once they are finished.

Thanks
05-16-2012, 02:57 AM
#18
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,419
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gabrien View Post
For much finer tilt control try the hood-top view. I did, and never looked back. Literally - there is no rear view mirror. Har, har, har.
Maybe it's me. I use the hood cam view and I am still inept at the tighter turns. Even managed to flip my car at one point. Looked good but not the fastest way around the track
05-16-2012, 03:03 AM
#19
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Originally Posted by GPS View Post
Maybe it's me. I use the hood cam view and I am still inept at the tighter turns. Even managed to flip my car at one point. Looked good but not the fastest way around the track
Which car are you using?
05-16-2012, 03:06 AM
#20
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,419
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Originally Posted by LockStockGames View Post
Which car are you using?
Sad to say, easy level :-)