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The Binary Mill's Mini Motor Racing Hits the Finish Line With A Little Help From Fruit Ninja and Santa
We got our paws on this overhead racer back in March at GDC. We were pretty impressed with the game then, and we still like what we see. Today marks the day of the game's actual release, and we couldn't be more excited to take it out for a spin.
Mini Motor Racing is a retina-display-ready isometric top-down racer made for iOS devices. There are over 20 of tracks and locations, as can be seen below in the screenshots. In addition, players can upgrade the four different car types (sports, hatch, big-rig and pick-up) with a variety of different add ons like grip, top-speed, acceleration and nitro.
But wait, there's more. Mini Motor Racing has a special Fruit Ninja themed buggy and track. FRUIT NINJA!!! Says The Binary Mill, "The Halfbrick folks are located very close to the Mini Motor Racing team from The Binary Mill, and they're good friends -- resulting in this fun addition."
Also, there will be holiday themed cup where players can race as Santa himself, steering a souped up version of his sleigh! Both track add-ons are available as un-locks for players progressing through achievements in the game’s career cup circuits.
All in all, these are very exciting additions to an already exciting game. Grab it right away and stay tuned for a review coming soon - The iPhone/iPod Touch version sells for $1.99 USD and the HD iPad version is $3.99 USD.
For iOS gaming fans, one of the most exciting things about new operating system releases is how the new features will be implemented by upcoming games. A classic example of this is with Mini Motor Racing, set for release this year and with a bunch of iOS5 based features thrown in.
The title has been in development for much of this year with a gameplay trailer released back in March. Clearly a lot of effort is being put into it.
Mini Motor Racing promises a heck load of different options. There will be 20 different tracks plus day and night races to make for a lengthy single player campaign encompassing a series of race-circuit cups. 4 different vehicle types - sports, hatch, big-rig and pick-up - will be available. Multiplayer support for up to 4 players will also be included with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity as well as Game Center and Open Feint support for leaderboard racing. Plus, for those after the flexible touch, a variety of control settings are also possible.
For devices running iOS5, there's the most exciting side of things: iCloud and AirPlay connectivity.
All race data from the game will be stored online through iCloud, meaning users can pick up where they left off regardless of what device they choose to play Mini Motor Racing on. This information includes racing stats, race circuit progress status, unlocks, achievements and best lap times.
The AirPlay functionality means that players will be able to mirror races from the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 to the TV screen for an even more exciting experience.
Mini Motor Racing is already shaping up to be something special with some fantastic looking visuals so hopefully these new iOS5 based features will cement the game's position as an enjoyable Micro Machines style experience.
We'll be sure to keep up to date on Mini Motor Racing's progress. For now, check out the screenshots and trailer below.
We've seen overhead view racers before. Most notably is the great Reckless Racing. But Mini Motor Racing is set to raise the bar yet again with a great arcade racing style reminiscent of Micro Machines.
We got a quick and very fun look at Mini Motor Racing during GDC. Once I started playing, I didn't want to give Binary Mill's device back. It's much more of an arcade racer than the previously mentioned Reckless Racing. It also reminds me, fondly, or the Micro Machines racing games from Nintendo. The overall look is more comical or toy like.
MMR features some great retina display graphics, 4 different upgradeable car types, and 20 different tracks. Also included is an interesting night racing mode. You have a choice of control methods - something that we've come to expect in racers these days. I found the directional wheel to be the best for me. Very easy to control.
You can see from the video that there is a lot of fun to be had. We expect MMR hit in the next few months. Keep an eye out.