Race illegal: High Speed 3D is a driving / racing game released by Chillingo Ltd.
“Put the pedal to the metal in this high-octane, adrenaline-pumping, street racer. Speed, drift, dodge, ram and race your way to legendary status in career mode, or just dive in to a quick arcade race. Race illegal puts you in the driving seat, as you take on other racers in a variety of game modes. Win races to win cash, spend it on super powered upgrades for your ride and burn some rubber!”
The idea of the game is similar to many others that have gone before you with you evening money for competing in illegal street races.
This game offers you a career mode as an illegal street racer or you can just have quick races (however, the modes need to be unlocked in the career mode). The career mode is split into two with a championship that can be unlocked and a challenge mode which unlocks as you complete challenges like win the race, deliver a car with less than 20 damage etc.
The driving side of the game is done mainly as standard races, with a few challenges to control damage or doing some drifting.
The races do not really have the high speed feel that the name gives, even when nitro is used.
The game is hurt a little with the lack of real world cars (it only has around a dozen look alike cars to select from), also the tracks are fairly linear, with no shortcuts that I could see.
I have to say what hurts the game the most is the strange AI of the other racers, they will race ahead of you serving and dodging, and then will slam the brakes on allowing you to overtake them. I was even in third place and the two cars in front bother slammed on their brakes to let me win. If the game is going to make cars to catch and then make them help you get into 1st place, then it needs to be a little more subtle.
The sound and graphics are generally good, but strangly on the graphics side more time seems to have been taken on the lighting of the vehicles than the car itself (which does not look that well defined.) Even the trees waving in the wind as you race seem to give you the feel that graphic effects when on the wrong things.
On the upside:
- Fun and easy to control racing game.
- Lots of challenges and modes to unlock.
- Budget price (sale price at the moment)
- Nice menu system.
On the downside:
- Nitro does not seem effective at times, unable to catch other cars and then cars race by when the nitro ends.
- No real world cars.
- Takes a long time to unlock some of the modes.
- Strange AI of the other cars.
Overall, this is a very good racing game, but much as it tries just feels like a cheaper and slightly less polished version of Asphalt 6 or Test Drive. Don’t get me wrong this is not a bad thing, but does mean that their are other options available if you are willing to pay more. If you have only £0.69 available, then Race Illegal is a good choice and you will not be disappointed for the price. Hopefully with a tweak or two to the general racing this game will be even better.
Size: 185 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69