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App Review: Jet Car Stunts by True Axis

November 30, 2009 by Rob  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Entertainment, Games, Staff Favorites

jetcarstunts26 300x200 App Review: Jet Car Stunts by True AxisAlright, all you car lovin’, stunt crazed, speed fanatics take note and listen up: Jet Car Stunts is awesome! Seriously though, I can’t put this game down! I’m finding myself reaching for my iPhone more often just to get a few minutes of stunt action in. It’s crazy! This game is not only one of the funnest car games I’ve played lately, it’s highly addictive and leaves you wanting more and coming back to get it. Now, for the actual review portion of this post:

Jet Car Stunts has two different game modes: time trials and platforming. The two objectives are quite different and each offers it’s own set of challenges. If you choose platforming, the objective of the game is to jump from platform to platform, doing various (car) tricks as you go all while keeping your retry count and time down. Your main object here is just simply to stay alive (ie: don’t fall off the track) and complete the course. The courses for platforming are quite a bit more difficult than the tracks for time trials. If you choose time trials, the whole objective is to do five laps of the track as fast as possible and to beat the clock.

Jet Car Stunts is Open Feint enabled so your high scores (or low) are automatically posted for all to see (can be disabled). Taking a quick glance at the timings posted on the leaderboards tells you that you’ll need to practice a lot in order to really compete at a global scale. However, this isn’t really a huge interest for me. Simply playing the game in either mode provides a lot of entertainment value and playability in and of itself.

Jet Car Stunts has multiple levels in each mode. Each level is unlocked by completed all of the courses in the previous level. So, to move on to intermediate in the time trials, you must score at least a bronze in three of the four various courses in the easy set. Same goes for platforming, in order to move on you must complete four out of five courses for that level. Be warned though, tracks get tough quickly. Just moving into the intermediate group and you quickly realize that you need to be an expert stunt car driver to complete them.

Controling the Jet Car is done via virtual buttons (jet, forward, reverse, brakes) and tilting the device (accelerometer) left or right to steer. If you happen to be flying through the air (quite common in this game) and you see you’re about to overshoot your track or landing spot, touching the brake will bring out the flaps (air brakes!) to help slow you down. Touching the jet button will ignite the jet engine and propel you faster and faster. Be careful though, as you’re accelerating using the jet engine you are quickly burning through jet fuel. Once the jet fuel is gone you have to wait until you pass through a checkpoint before getting more.

In all, we’ve been having a lot of fun with this game and so with that, it’s an easy recommendation. If you like car games of any kind then check out Jet Car Stunts, it’s pure iPhone game fun!

App Review: Asphalt 5 by Gameloft

November 8, 2009 by Rob  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Games, Staff Favorites

asphalt523 300x200 App Review: Asphalt 5 by GameloftWe’ve been eager to get our hands on Asphalt 5 ever since Gameloft announced that a sequel to Asphalt 4 was coming. So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been racing and racing. After all, if you’ve seen the trailer, then how could you not be excited for this game? If you’ve been holding back in purchasing this game, then read on to find out if it’s worth it or not…

When you launch the game you are greeted with a typical intro that gets you excited and ready to play. You can select a Quick Race, Single Race, Career Race or Multiplayer Race. You are also greeted with your first car, a Cooper Mini. However, you also have a Nissan 370Z which you will want to switch to and use (at least, I did). Choosing Career allows you to unlock more cars, a lot more cars. There’s everything From SUV’s to motorcycles that are waiting to be unlocked so pretty much everything that’s worth racing is in there.

Aside from selecting your car each one is also highly customizable – providing you’ve unlocked the various customizations. There are three groups of customizations: Engine, Handling and Boost. Under engine, there are options such as ECU, intake, exhaust and turbo to customize. Under handling you can improve things like your suspension and braking and under boost you can increase capacity and speed. This high degree of customization makes sure that you’ll be entertained for hours not just racing, but building that perfect race car.

As previously mentioned, there are several types of racing modes (Quick, Single, Career and Multiplayer). Selecting Multiplayer requires that you setup an account with Gameloft Live in order to play online. However, once you do you get to join others online in racing against real people, and not computer bots. Like other games that are online, this adds a whole new dimension to the game that makes it that much more enjoyable. If you don’t want to race online but still want to race your friends, no worries. The game offers two local multiplayer modes to easily race friends that are close to you (same house): you can use either bluetooth or WiFi for greatest flexibility.

Graphics on Asphalt 5 are actually really great, however they aren’t much better than other racing games or previous versions of Asphalt on the iPhone. However, for a racing game they are well done and full of detail.

Gameplay for Asphalt 5 is excellent. You can select whether you have auto acceleration or not in the options which allows you to focus on steering and braking (and racing!). To steer, simply tilt/rotate the device in the direction you want to turn. There is also a boost button that comes in handy for getting that extra edge on your opponent (you will use this a lot in the multiplayer online games). I found no annoying quirks or issues while racing, which is nice since most racing games seem to implement some aspect of racing that just bugs (like your opponents always crashing into you).

Being a big fan of racing games I was happy to get my hands on Asphalt 5 and give it a go. The game is fun and will keep dedicated racing fans entertained for hours. Asphalt 5 is an easy recommendation as it is fun and provides hours of excellent gameplay. We didn’t find any real issues either, which is a nice relief.

What we liked: Online gameplay is great, highly customizable cars, a lot of cars to unlock, hours of gameplay, ability to just quick race if you don’t have the time to dedicate.
What we didn’t like: Cost (probably not a drawback but many will find the 7.00 entry fee to be too expensive).

Gameloft posts Asphalt 5 Trailer – No Release Date Yet.

October 5, 2009 by Rob  
Filed under App News, News, Tips and How-To's

We received notice from Gameloft that they’ve posted a new trailer to their much anticipated Asphalt 5 racing game.  The game was originally introduced during the WWDC 2009 keynote in June.  We’ve been eagerly awaiting it’s arrival and have yet to hear of a release date from Gameloft however we are hearing “October.”

App Review: Dirt Moto Racing by Resolution Interactive

September 7, 2009 by Rob  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Games

dirtmotoracing6 300x200 App Review: Dirt Moto Racing by Resolution InteractiveI’m a fan of racing games just as much as the next guy. So when Dirt Moto Racing hit the app store back in July I decided to give it a go. Dirt Moto Racing by Resolution Interactive is an off road ATV style race game that delivers on graphics and overall game play. However, Dirt Moto Racing falls a little short in some of the finer details of the game. Read on to find out more. Read more

App Review: Racer by Tatem Games

August 7, 2009 by Dorothy  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Entertainment, Games, Kids

racer1 150x150 App Review: Racer by Tatem GamesRacer by Tatem Games is a surprisingly simple and addictive racing game.  There are no races to win or cars or tracks to unlock.  Your job is to steer your way through traffic without getting hit.  The farther you drive, the worse the traffic gets and the harder it is to stay in the game.  The controls are simple.  Just touch on your car and drag it around the road.  Your car can move in any direction on the road as you attempt to navigate around the other cars.  Some move slowly and others very quickly.

The upper left hand corner of the screen displays the distance that you have driven and the current level that you are on.  The level increases every 6 miles that you drive.  You can switch to kilometers if you are more comfortable with that measurement.  The upper right hand of the screen displays your score and the number of lives that you have left.  You earn points by navigating around cars.  The crazier your driving, the more points you earn.  For every 2000 points you earn, you are awarded another life.  Extra lives and level ups are displayed as large road signs.  A helpful feature since you can’t often take your eyes off the road to check your progress.

Racer is not as complex as many of the racing games out there.  Yet, the game is fun and challenging.  I quickly became addicted as I tried to beat my own high score.

Developer’s Website: http://www.tatemgames.com/tatem/games/racer/racer.html

Appmodo Reviews Real Racing by Firemint

July 29, 2009 by Rob  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Games

Our friends over at AppModo.com have spent some time with the racing app Real Racing by Firemint. Here’s a little on what they had to say about it:

Immediately after opening Real Racing, you can tell the amount of hard work that was put into this game. A smooth transition from opening screen to main menu, and just another tap could get you started in the action. Career Mode, Quick Race, Time Trial, and Connected. Four ways to race, each one a blast.

The graphics for the game are absolutely stunning. Fully rendered cars with a full range of motion and even a decent physics engine are present, so you know when you hit another car and spin out of control. The locations and courses are beautifully done, and I caught myself several times admiring the scenery when I should have been paying attention to the road. The audio is also a great accomplishment, with realistic sound effects and a bumping soundtrack to get you pumped up for high speed racing.

Head on over to Appmodo.com for their full review, found here.

Or, for iTunes:

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App Review: DrawRace by RedLynx Ltd

July 11, 2009 by Bret  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Entertainment, Games, Kids

drawrace2 copy 150x100 App Review: DrawRace by RedLynx LtdDrawRace by RedLynx Ltd is the first racing game where you draw your own path around the track. You simply draw a line, and your car follows it. You must beat the computer to unlock the next levels. The computer steadily gets more difficult to beat. This seems like all fun and no challenge, but there’s the twist.  Real physics are put into this game.  The speed at which your finger is moving when you draw the path determines the speed at which your car will drive around the track.  If you go around a corner too fast, you will skid out of the way and it will slow you down. You can choose to race around with the computer, or you can race with 2 or 3 players on the same iPod.

Once you have destroyed your friends or the computer, you can upload your scores to the online server and see how you place with people all around the world. DrawRace is a very simple game with great physics, challenging computers, and tons of well designed graphics.

Developer’s Website: http://www.drawrace.com/

App Review: Fast & Furious The Game by I-play

July 7, 2009 by Jeff  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Entertainment, Games

fastfuriousthegame16 copy2 150x100 App Review: Fast & Furious The Game by I playFast & Furious The Game by I-play is a great new, fast-paced racing game. There are several game modes that are available for play. The first game mode is Story Mode. Your goal in Story Mode is to become the best racer by earning the best car. To do this you need to complete each of the 9 sections. There are three parts in each section: a normal race, a special race, and a mission. There are many different types of special races. An example of a special race would be a Drag or Drift Race. These special races are different from other races because of the way your car acts. In Drag Races, you don’t need to steer, all you need to do is tap the screen to shift gears when it’s time. The Drift Races make it so that the back wheels on your car are very slick. This will force you to drift a lot, making it hard to steer.

The next mode is called Quick Play. This mode will allow you to pick which type of race you want to compete in. It will then pick a random car for you to use as well as a random opponent. The next game mode is Compete Online. This will allow you to compete against people online for the best times. You can challenge their “ghost” to a race, and if you win the race, their car will be added to your garage. If you lose, then nothing will happen. The last section is WiFi Multiplayer. This mode enables you to race against your friends on the same WiFi network. If you win the race against your friend, you will get their car. If you lose, they get your car.

Fast & Furious is an awesome racing game. The coolest feature to me is that you can compete online to win other people’s cars. The only thing that should be added is multiplayer over Bluetooth instead of over WiFi. That would make the game perfect. Fast & Furious is a great game for anybody.

Fast & Furious The Game is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.

Developer’s website: http://www.iplay.com/index.aspx?GEO=US

App Review: Asphalt 4 Elite Racing By Gameloft

July 1, 2009 by Jeff  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Entertainment, Games

asphalt4 1 150x150 App Review: Asphalt 4 Elite Racing By GameloftAsphalt 4: Elite Racing by Gameloft is a fast paced racing game. The object of the game is to beat races in order to unlock new cars and tracks while earning money to buy the cars you unlock at the same time. The first thing that you unlock is cars. You start out with a Mini Cooper and try to work your way up to the Bugatti Veyron. You also unlock new parts for your car. Then on the menu screen, you can buy and apply the parts to your car. These parts will both make your car faster, and cooler looking. You also unlock new levels. There are 100 levels with 4 in each city. Some of the cities are: Rome, New York, Mumbai, Paris, and Shanghai. Each of the 4 races in each city has a different objective. There are Cop Chases, Crash Rallies, Cash Attacks, Duels, and Normal Races.

There are 3 different types of controls that you can choose from. Tilt is the first one. Using this all you need to do is tilt to turn. The next is Tap controls. Using these controls all you need to do is tap on the side of screen that you want to go. The last type of controls is Steering Wheel. This will make a Steering Wheel appear in the bottom of the screen that you will turn just like a normal steering wheel with your finger.

Asphalt 4 is an awesome racing game with lots of cool features and great controls. The only thing I didn’t like about it is that every time you turn, no matter how big or small the turn is, your car will start to drift. Besides that, this is an awesome game that will keep you entertained for hours.

Asphalt 4: Elite Racing is on sale for $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.

Developer’s Website: http://www.gameloft.com/iphone-games/asphalt-4-elite-racing/

App Review: Red Bull Air Race World Championship by Artificial Life, Inc.

May 11, 2009 by Jeff  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Entertainment, Games

redbullairrace3 150x150 App Review: Red Bull Air Race World Championship by Artificial Life, Inc.Red Bull Air Race World Championship by Artificial Life, Inc. is a fast paced airplane racing game. There are two different types of games to choose from, either Quick Flight or Season Mode. In Quick Flight, a track will be automatically picked, and you will then start your race. In Season Mode, you get to start a campaign to try and become the top Red Bull Racer. You can do either a short or a long season. The only difference is that one has more races than the other.

The courses have been previously marked out with a series of Air Gates. There are four different types of Air Gates: Blue, Red, Quadro, and Chicane. Each of these represents a different way to pass through the gate. Blue gates you simply pass horizontally through.  With Chicane gates, you must weave in and out of a series of air gates. Red and Quadro require you to pass through vertically or to knife. To knife or fly vertically, all you need to do is turn in the desired direction and press the knife button in the bottom left corner. In between each of these gates are red indicators to let you know the correct speed and angle to fly your plane. If you fly too low or too high, you get penalty points that are added to your overall time at the end of the race.

In the level editor mode, you can create your own outrageous courses and upload them online for others to play in the Lounge. You can also download levels created by other individuals. In the Hangar you can customize your plane from the internal details, to the paint job. All of these customization areas must be unlocked in the Season mode.

If you want to learn more about Red Bull Air Racing, you can enter the race facts mode and check out pilots, plane styles, and the history of air racing. Whether you want to glide above the water’s surface, or shoot vertically into the air, this game is for you. The controls on this game are sensitive to maximize playability.

Red Bull Air Race World Championship is $4.99 in the iTunes App Store.

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Developer’s Website: http://www.artificial-life.com/alife/index.php

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