Posted by Jeff Scott on September 5th, 2012 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Reckless Racing 2 has been one of my favorite arcade racers. It’s free today via Free App A Day. When we reviewed it earlier this year we loved it and gave it a Editor’s Choice. I highly recommend you grab it if you don’t already have it!
The sequel to popular top down arcade racer VS. Racing is set for release soon and we got our hands on a preview build to see exactly what to expect in the full release.
VS. Racing 2 looks set to build on the success of its predecessor rather than revolutionize the genre but that’s nothing to complain about given how much fun the title is.
The top down racer has always lent itself to short bursts of fun and VS. Racing 2 is no different. A series of 36 different tracks ensures there’s plenty to do with it only ever taking a few minutes to complete a track. Controlling the car is conducted through a virtual steering wheel on the side of the screen. There’s an option to change this to tilt based controls but there’s really no need. The virtual steering wheel does a fine job of offering responsive controls that can be relatively easily mastered. Although, one tip worth pointing out, stick to using your thumb to steer rather than another finger. It’s geared towards thumb steering and it’s much more intuitive that way.
VS. Racing 2‘s focus is very much on speed and fun here with impressive drifts achievable in hardly any time at all. Action gets pretty challenging in later stages but consistently enjoyable. A series of upgradeables and new cars to buy ensure the learning curve is pretty smooth and satisfying.
The real stand out feature here, however, is the Race A Friend mode. It’s this that I suspect will keep players coming back for more. Supplementing the local multiplayer, players can challenge friends from any location, providing they have their email address. Players take it in turns to beat their opponent’s fastest time. A ghost car demonstrates where the competition lays at all times, providing some memorable thrills and spills. It’s great fun to play and I can see this being the ideal mode to dive into throughout the day. The preview build I checked out didn’t include Game Center integration but that’s set to be included in the full release, so I’m hopeful that this will boost multiplayer play dramatically.
VS. Racing 2 is shaping up to be a highly enjoyable top down racer. Its arcade spirit won’t beguile more serious racing fans but everyone else should be excited. The asynchronous multiplayer should cement its popularity all the more.
VS. Racing 2 is set for release in the near future. We’ll be sure to let you know when it hits the App Store.
Since then, developer Turborilla has been hard at work on a new title: Mad Skills BMX with its release date set for August 16. While we’ll be giving it the full review treatment in time for release day, we checked out the official trailer for it and just had to share.
Besides demonstrating that plenty of BMX racing fun should be guaranteed next week, it’s also a pretty entertaining trailer in its own right with a vibrant punk rock soundtrack and edgy animation reminiscent of something you’d see in Beavis and Butthead. It’s not often that trailers manage to tell a simple story as well as demonstrate what to expect from a game, and it’s great to see here.
Check it out below. Hopefully, similar effort has been implemented throughout the game. We’ll let you know how it plays next week.
The latest update has added numerous fun features including a revamped online mode and new longboards to use.
The online mode now allows players to choose opponents from various different categories, such as World’s Best (featuring the top players around the world), Skill Level (according to the player’s XP level) and Rivals in which players can pick certain players to compete against.
New songs are featured from indie artists We Outspoken, Kidd Russell and The Clench, plus there’s a new longboard, the winner of the Distinctive Developments’ “design-a-board” competition, as well as the golden Spartan, the ultimate board in the game.
The update is available now and the game is free to download.
It’s Fourth Of July here in the states, and everyone is celebrating with sales on their apps, including EA, Chillingo, Crytek, WB Games and more. Let’s take a look, shall we?
First up is EA – from July 2th until July 9th, all their games will be $0.99 or free. Their pitch basically amounts to an “all our stuff is on sale” sale. That said, here are a few great games you should definitely pick up at these low prices.
Warner Bros. are also doing a “Everything is $0.99″ sale, maybe just to prove they can. It’s nice to see some competition here, but the indies are sure to feel the pinch. Even so, there are some great games to save money on. Here are a few we dig.
There are also some games on sale for Independence Day that don’t hearken from the juggernauts of electronic gaming, but they’re still worth your time and monies. Check ‘em out below, but be sure to check the price before you buy – some of these are on sale starting on the 4th itself.
After making a splash with their last game Sprinkle, Mediocre Games has announced that their follow-up project is going in a slightly more old-fashioned direction. Get ready to steal back some apples in the most extreme way possible when Granny Smith arrives on the App Store this August.
When a thief on wheels starts raiding Granny’s apple garden, she decides to take matters into her own hands and catch him. Using her trusty speed skates, Granny will race, jump, glide, swing, zip, and smash her way to justice. This racing platformer will feature 36 “hand crafted levels” of fast-paced action spread across three different environments from barnyards to cityscapes.
Crashing also seems to play a big part in the game and if the trailer is to be believed, Granny knows how to crash in style. It makes sense though considering how important physics were in Sprinkle’s puzzles.
Granny’s mission starts this August on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches everywhere.
Top Gear has evolved from its unexciting beginnings into a thrilling TV show of fast cars and caravans and trailers being blown to pieces. The iPad game, Top Gear: Stunt School captured that spirit pretty well despite its rough and ready nature.
Now, there’s a Top Gear revolution afoot, namely new release Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution. The game offers similarly frantic stunt based action as before but it’s completely free to download with the option of partaking in some in-app purchases to speed things along.
The game offers the chance to balloon hop across the Grand Canyon in a motor home, escape Alcatraz in a sports car or even use a pickup to speed through a roller-coaster on a New York skyscraper with a cow on the back. Yes, it’s pretty zany stuff and a great way of using some iconic locations from around the world.
A plethora of cars and vehicle customization options are bound to keep petrolheads entertained.
Even better, Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution is an Universal app meaning everyone can join in this time round!
Last time round, it was the Porsche 911 Carera S, this time it’s the turn of the twin turbo-powered Bentley Continental GT V8 bringing the total of high-end sports cars up to eight.
The Bentley Continental GT V8 does 0-60 in less than 5 seconds, reaching a top speed of more than 180mph so it should make for a fantastic ride to try out in the 3D racing game. It’s a truly stunning car to control and this comes across well in the game.
Realistic driving physics, authentic engine sounds and numerous manifold customization options ensure that it’s a great experience, and probably the nearest I, and many others, will ever get to driving the car!
Sports Car Challenge is out now for both iPhone and iPad and it’s free to download.
3D virtual driving app, Sports Car Challenge, has released an update to their award-winning driving experience.
After generating more than two million downloads, Sports Car Challenge has been updated by adding the new Porsche 911 Carrera S. This is first racing game to add the Porsche 911 Carrera S to it’s list of high-end sports cars.
Previously updated content included the new circuit track, Yakeshi Yun Long Lake – Winter Race Track. The game is slated to receive a continued stream of updates including both new cars and new tracks for users to play.
Sports Car Challenge was released by Volkswagen Group China and Fishlabs Entertainment. Sports Car Challenge features a fast-paced racing game with high quality graphics. Players drive high-end sports cars including the Audi TTS Coupe, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, and the Volkswagen Scirocco R. Players compete in time trials, slalom, and braking modes.
Back in October, we reported that immensely entertaining crash em up Burnout Crash was coming to iOS devices this holiday season.
This holiday season clearly wasn’t Christmas it was nowhere to be found. Instead, it’s looking set for a post-Easter release with news of an April release date.
The game promises three different modes, 54 events, six themed locations and plenty of “road shattering” disasters such as tornados, tidal waves and even UFOs. Players will find themselves swiping and tapping to steer vehicles around in order to trigger explosions and rack up some huge combos and high scores. There’ll even be a 1980s soundtrack featuring Vanilla Ice and Gloria Estefan! Oh and did we mention the Autolog support? One of EA’s best features in recent times.
It’s set to be so explosive that even The Hoff seems to be keen on it. Check out the promotional video below for a taste of what’s on offer!
We’ll be sure to keep updated on Burnout Crash‘s development.