App Review: Real Racing HD by Firemint (for iPad)

by Rob   on June 2, 2010
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Games, iPad Apps

One of the funnest and most successful iPhone racing games – Real Racing – is available for the iPad. Now, this probably isn’t news to anyone since this game has been out for a while. However, this excellent first person racer suits the iPad in every way with awesome graphics and great gameplay. There’s definitely something about taking a great racing game from the small screen (iPhone) and adapting it to a larger screen (iPad) with more visual impact – and that’s what this game does.

Real Racing HD for iPad draws you in and you get immersed into the world of track racing. Controls are the same as the iPhone version which has you tilting the device left or right to steer or touching on the corners of the screen for brakes, etc. These controls are easy enough that anyone, regardless of gaming background, can pickup, start racing, and have fun with it.

As I mentioned previously, the graphics on Real Racing HD are great. The game is really awesome to look at and I always recommend Real Racing HD to friends that are looking for an app to show off their new iPad with. Having said that, RR HD is also a great app just to show off in and of itself. After all, everyone loves racing games and RR HD doesn’t disappoint.

There are three game modes: Career, Quick Race and Time Trial. There is also a connected mode where you can play head to head with your friends on either a local network (wifi) or in leagues online. In Career mode, you advance through the various races one at a time, progressing as you keep winning. As you play career mode, more tracks are unlocked that you can play in a quick race. Playing quick race is for when you don’t have a lot of time and just need to get your “fix” for a race. You select your track and your car and then race, these games last about 5 minutes each. The more you race in quick race the more cars you unlock as you keep winning. In time trials you race against the clock and try to beat prior timings. The more you race the more cars are unlocked for time trials as well.

Real Racing HD is a major game title for the iPad. What I mean by that is that to get through the entire game will take you hours. It’s immersible and the extent of game types and track choices along with car choices and configuration options means this game will surely bring you hours of enjoyment. Take a moment to view the many screen shots attached below for a feel for how vast this game is. Real Racing HD also allows you to play music from the iPod while you race, thus enhancing your experience more as you cruise to your favorite racing song.

In all, I’ve really enjoyed playing Real Racing HD on my iPad as the gameplay is excellent and the graphics are superb. I highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a great first person racer for their new iPad (or if you’re looking for a cool way to show off your new iPad, this works well for that too!!).

What We Liked: Great graphics, excellent gameplay, low boredom factor.
What We Didn’t Like: Actually, nothing.


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