Developer: Ratrod Studios
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.01
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Who’s a fan of drifting around corners and screeching their wheels all the way to the finish line? Drift Mania: Street Outlaws comes packed with 13 tracks that are full with one turn after the next, having players perfectly slide around each corner to collect as many points as possible to take to the finish line.

027It’s all about points in this game, earning as many as possible to put up massive scores on the online leaderboards. It’s not bad for the first few runs, drifting across the track to earn a high score. It’s almost like skiing; slant left, slant right, left, right, left, right… It does grow old quickly, though, as it doesn’t offer the player anything of real interest in the gameplay. Players can upgrade their vehicles, but it feels more like a task to unlock and go to the upgrade screen to install it because player’s can’t feel any difference in vehicle performance after installing a new upgrade.

Drift Mania: Street Outlaws handles rather well for good control of the vehicle. There are some courses that have some pretty tight and difficult back-to-back turns that can send players flying into the walls. I ran into this a number of times until I finally learned the courses better. That’s where the only difficulty comes from in the game as each track tests the player’s skill when drifting around each turn. There is always room for improvement and perfecting the runs to increase the score and place better times on the leaderboards.

Each course does provide a unique look, and multiple courses can be unlocked by meeting objectives from the previous course. However, for those who want to unlock even more courses or additional vehciles, they’ll need to purchase money through an in-app purchase.

034I did begin to get a headache after a while with the repetitive music and the horrible screeching noises. Thankfully all the sounds can be turned off and players can user their own iTunes library to insert their own music. This makes the experience much better overall, and will keep players drifting around corners for a little bit longer.

There is only so much the player can do, though, and drifting through each course can quickly grow old after some time. I became tired of its gameplay very fast and was ready to spin my tires elsewhere. It’s not a bad option for $0.99, but there is absolutely nothing special here at all; especially when it costs more money to purchase additional vehicles.

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