I love a good racing game. My introduction to the PS2 was Gran Turismo 4, and I was so hooked on Need For Speed that it might as well have been meth. For a while, I purchased every Need For Speed game they released and still have a few. There’s nothing like a good arcade racer.
That’s one of the reasons I was really excited to check out Asphalt 8: Airborne. If Asphalt can be easily described as anything, we’ll call it the mobile Burnout that EA wishes it knew how to make. If you’re like me and believe that great racing games rarely ask you to hit the brakes, keep reading after the break to find out why you need to do yourself a favour and pick Asphalt 8 up.
Since Need for Speed: Underground revolutionized racing games a decade ago, many copycats have come into the market. I’m a big fan of the genre and have dozens of racing games on my tablet, however, to my detriment, it’s very easy to develop and publish on Android, so many of the games that I find are barely playable and most seem to sing from the same hymn sheet — zero innovation.
But now that devices are getting more powerful and the OS can handle more complex graphics and processes, things are certainly getting interesting. Games that would have been impossible just a couple of years ago are easily developed and supported on Android. CSR Racing is such a game. Judging by its appearance, this drag racer has very little to offer. But looks can be deceiving; let’s check it out.
Remote/radio control cars can be great fun, especially when you use them to do stunts or race on makeshift tracks. That’s clearly the thinking behind Re-Volt, a popular 1999 console and PC kart racer that’s just made its way to Android.
Re-Volt Classic stays true to the original, with all cars, tracks, and the stunt area intact, but the most compelling feature — multiplayer — is currently missing. This is emblematic of bigger problems with the touch-screen remake, which not only handles less elegantly without physical buttons but also suffers from a number of frustrating niggles.
Riptide GP is a beautiful, high-powered, jet ski-racing graphics-fest that splashes itself across the screen of your Tegra 3 powered device, sometimes quite literally. So, if you rock a new HTC One X, the Asus Transformer Prime, or perhaps are thinking about getting a high-powered device in the near future, this is something you’ll want to check out. Read on for more…
There are many racing games available on Android, and I’ve had hours of fun with my collection of them. But, sadly, none aim to be a realistic racing game; they’re all arcade games or kart racers. I’m an avid racing fan: I follow Formula 1, watch Top Gear, and play far too much Gran Turismo on my PlayStation. And while installing Race of Champions I knew Gran Turismo was going to be the game I benchmarked ROC against.
On the Play Store its developer talks about “precisely recreated tracks” and the game’s stunning details, with input from some influential people involved in the running of the real Race of Champions. The game had a lot to live ve up to – so needless to say I was looking forward to it.
Sports car enthusiasts often compare cars based on their straight-line performance, and while there’s much more to them than simply acceleration, the popularity of drag racing can be seen in many aspects of popular culture, like the movie franchise “The Fast and The Furious”. The idea is simple: take your car over a pre-determined distance before your opponents to win. In practice however, there are many variables and factors that determine a vehicle’s speed: forced induction or naturally aspirated engine? front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive? These are just a few of the decisions that one needs to make when building the ultimate drag racing machine.
Drag Racing is an Android-only game which takes many of the elements of car tuning and drag racing and makes for an addictive game which is great on the go for those spare moments you may have.