DrawRace 2 is a top down driving game released by Chillingo Ltd.
DrawRace 2 is a sequel to the critically acclaimed DrawRace improves on its predecessor in many ways.
The game itself has you selecting a course to race. You then see an overhead view of the track and need to draw out the route and speed you wish to car to travel round the track. You may also need to take into account the type of track, as dirt or snow can effect how the car reacts on corners etc.
If you win the race you get a gold coin, get enough of these and you will able to unlock later levels.
Strangely, the game has all but the single player mode locked until the you have complete 5 levels of single player, which seemed strange indeed. My son wanted to play multiplayer with me, but had to wait until I had unlocked enough of the game.
Gameplay wise, you have little interaction during the race itself other than the turbo button, but as long as you did the set up well during the drawing stage you should not have much reason to use the turbo.
Multiplayer is available locally with a pass and play during set up and then sitting around the device with the turbo button during the race (I can see this working a little better on the iPad version). There is online play via both Crystal and Game Center.
The game is controlled by using dragging your finger around the map, slowly at corners and fast along the straights during the set up of the race. During the race you have a turbo button that can be used to gain a bit more speed.
The graphics and sound are good, the graphics are a good update on the original, the music I found OK, but a little too loud at times.
On the upside:
- Video tutorials are a nice touch.
- Levels are very quick to play
- Lots to unlock and many levels, lots of longevity.
On the downside:
- Seems crazy to keep multiplayer options locked so long, open them immediately.
- Single player can be tough (especially on snow, or sharp corners), too tough at times.
- Not a universal app.
Overall, I really liked DrawRace back in the day, and I have fond memories of playing it. I found it a little too tough on later levels, as DrawRace 2 is just the same. The game is fun when you are winning races and annoying when you are not, as you reply again and again to beat the opponent that beats you by half a second each time. This is a great game for the casual gamer with a few minutes to kill, but a little to annoying for more regular gamer.
Size: 299 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69 (in-app purchase for quick unlock for £1.49)