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I’ll confess that I’d heard of Anki Drive before, but it was really only in passing. So when I was given the opportunity to check everything out first-hand, I was definitely curious. There were some surprises and a few disappointments, but after some time spent tearing around the track I couldn’t help but be impressed. Is this the next step in remote control racing? That’s not for me to say, but it’s definitely in interesting experiment.

Imagine a semi-futuristic racing game in which you can compete with your friends or AI opponents on various tracks in an attempt to upgrade existing cars and possibly gain access to new ones. Picture all of the vehicles in each race have weapons and shields. Now imagine that the cars are actually physical electronic toys you can carry around with you. Now you’ve got a good idea of what Anki Drive is.

ankistarterEach starter set comes with two cars and the necessary cables, as well as a track printed on something akin to vellum. You’ll also need to download the free Anki Drive app to control everything, of course. Once you do, simply turn on your cars, place them on the track, then use the app to find them and add them to your “garage” where you can spend points won through races to upgrade their stats. When you’re ready to start, you just set up a race and select your vehicle. If you want to invite a friend they can simply select the other car, or you can scan it in yourself and race against the AI. Yes, the physical car is controlled by AI. In fact, one of the newest additions to the lineup, Corax (pictured below), can only be used as a player vehicle if it’s beaten in an AI race first.

Weapons are also important, and will allow you to incapacitate your opponents temporarily during a heated race. Or you can simply battle each other to see who scores the most hits. The interesting thing is, again, that this is all happening with real remote controlled cars via your iPhone. When a car takes too much damage or runs out of juice, it will actually grind to a halt for a few moments while it recharges itself. Heck, these things can even recognize when they’re driving the wrong way and turn themselves around automatically.

corax_carousel_3-4_1280x500The thing is, I’m not entirely sure who the target audience is. The cars seem fairly durable and were able to shrug off the occasional collision easily, but at almost $70 apiece they’re a bit outside the realm of a children’s toy. $199.99 for the starter kit is nothing to sneeze at, either. And yet, the underlying tech is pretty darn cool. I guess you could say your mileage may vary.

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Swipecart Review

Swipecart Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Swipecart is rickety, but never quite falls off the rails.

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Melodrive Review

Melodrive Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Melodrive translates songs into haphazard tracks in an intense but flawed rhythmic racer.

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Depths Review

Depths Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Negotiate underwater passageways in this somewhat forgettable submarine exploration game.

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IceFlame LTD, the development house behind soccer and car racing mashup Soccer Rally, has just announced the publish date for Soccer Rally 2.

Like the original this new iteration is likened to polo, with players using souped-up vehicles to advance the game ball. The game sports both single player and multiplayer modes, with multiplayer games allowing for different sports balls to be used. Cars can be customized, and thee is plenty of in-app content to be purchased.

Soccer Rally 2 is due out, for free, on the App Store on April 24.

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Red Bull Racers Review

Red Bull Racers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Red Bull Racers is fun for a while, but the free-to-play elements keep it in the slow lane.

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Flashout 2 Review

Flashout 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Though its track design can use a bit more variety, Flashout 2 offers hours of high-speed racing goodness.

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NASCAR Manager Review

NASCAR Manager Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A freemium build of a premium title, NASCAR Manager is still as lackluster as it was before, failing to capture the excitement of racing.

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BBC Worldwide Announces Top Gear: Race The Stig, a Lane-Based Endless Driver for iOS

Posted by on March 6th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

BBC Worldwide has released Top Gear: Race The Stig for iOS.

It’s a three-laned running game cloaked like a racer. Folks familiar with Temple Run will be very comfortable with the gesture-based controls, and fans of the BBC show will appreciate the references. Features include the ability to race cars from the TV show, several arcade-like power-ups, social sharing/leaderboards, and plenty of opportunities for customization.

Top Gear: Race the Stig, while free, does include in-app purchases and is available on the App Store.

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Mad Skills Motocross 2 Review

Mad Skills Motocross 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's a fun and regular multiplayer side of things to Mad Skills Motocross 2, but the career mode is clouded by some overpowered in-app purchases.

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Monster Jam Game Review

Monster Jam Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This Monster can only muster a low growl at best.

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Motocross Meltdown Review

Motocross Meltdown Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Briefly fun yet ultimately very shallow, Motocross Meltdown is heavy on the grinding and light on the developing gameplay.

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Dragon Trials Review

Dragon Trials Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dragon Trials' multiplayer flying duels are fun once other players finally show up.

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Rail Racing Review

Rail Racing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fast paced and consistently entertaining, Rail Racing is a fun take on slot car racing.

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Ridge Racer Slipstream Review

Ridge Racer Slipstream Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fast and stylish, Ridge Racer Slipstream is a highly enjoyable arcade racing game. But it is a little cheeky when it comes to in-app purchases.

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Angry Birds Go! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rovio has built a certain polish around the Angry Birds brand, and this new entry to the franchise certainly won't disappoint loyal fans.

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GT Racing 2 Review

GT Racing 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The GT Racing series returns with some more stunning visuals and a vast campaign mode, though it can become slightly too geared towards in-app purchases.

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I have a reputation for being able to go toe-to-toe with developers at their own games, beating their best times and high scores. This is Carter vs. the Developer.

Disc Drivin 3Disc Drivin 2On this edition, Carter takes on Michael Bean of Pixelocity Software at the classic turn-based racing game, Disc Drivin’. Squaring off on one of the game’s new mirrored tracks, the victory condition is simple: whoever crosses the finish line first wins. Game on, gentlemen!

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-13 :: Category: Games

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-03-18 :: Category: Games

Garfield Kart Review

Garfield Kart Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Garfield Kart doesn't exactly put a paw wrong, it just lacks anything to make it stand out from the crowd.

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CSR Classics Review

CSR Classics Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Still gorgeous, still oddly compelling, still grind-tastic, and still more than a little cynical.

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Drift Mania: Street Outlaws Review

Drift Mania: Street Outlaws Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Drift Mania: Street Outlaws takes players on 13 courses full of turns where they will drift around each corner to collect massive points to have uploaded to the leaderboards.

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F1 Challenge Review

F1 Challenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
F1 Challenge brings over 90 challenges of Formula 1 excitement, offering quick gameplay modes for all racing fans to enjoy while on the go.

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NASCAR: Redline Review

NASCAR: Redline Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Possibly because NASCAR games don't enjoy the same popularity as other sports games, this title attempts to mix things up by turning a racing game into a simulation. But is that a good thing?

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Carnage Racing Review

Carnage Racing Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Race against up to 8 friends while warping through time in this chaotic and fun kart-style racer.

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Get Airborne – Asphalt 8 is Totally Free for the Weekend!

Posted by on September 13th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Hop in the driver’s seat and get ready to get some air! Asphalt 8: Airborne is going free for this weekend only. Starting today, you can grab Gameloft’s latest arcade racer for zero dollars.

I hear it was worth the initial $0.99 cost, so being able to get it free is all sorts of awesome. If you don’t already have it installed, now is the time!

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Cloud Spin Review

Cloud Spin Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Its controls could do with some work, but Cloud Spin is still quite the enjoyable delight.

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Asphalt 8: Airborne Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Asphalt 8: Airborne lifts off the ground and takes players soaring across the skies, offering multiple gameplay modes that provide hours of racing fun.

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Delta-V Racing Review

Delta-V Racing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This new take on futuristic racing may not replace old standards, but it's worth playing nonetheless.

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Moon Track Racing Review

Moon Track Racing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Moon Track racing is kind of broken, but it's broken in the best ways.

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Riptide GP2 Review

Riptide GP2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Riptide GP 2 improves on the fast-paced hydro jet racing action of its predecessor, adding new tracks, vehicles, and tricks for players to splash around with.

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