Streetbike: Full Blast HD is a driving / racing game released by Chillingo Ltd.
“Get ready to race… Race your superbike against other racers or against the clock in this throwback to classic arcade bike-racers. Watch scenery fly by as you power through complex and exciting tracks at breakneck speed!“
This game was released on iPhone several months ago, and now makes its appearance as a native iPad app.
This game offers you a Street Battle mode which is like a champion and a quick play mode that offer several modes for the races, these are: Normal Race, Time Attack, Rush Hour, Money Chaser, 1 to 1, Wheelie, Pass Cars and Don’t Crash.
The races do not really have the high speed feel that the name implies, even when nitro is used.
Gameplay wise, the races have you racing up to 12 motor bikes and dodging traffic.
I have to say what hurts the game the most is the strange AI of the other vehicles. In the iPhone version they slammed on the brakes to let you win. In this version they seem to do their best to destory your chances of winning, knocking into you and even more than on racer turboed past me to the finish line, while I was turboing.
Controls are done with enough touch control or tilt. You then have virtual buttons for nitro and brakes. Tilt works OK, but is not great. Touch controls are totally broken sending you completely sideways into walls.
The sound and graphics are generally good and somewhat improved for the iPad, but still no match for the competition, like Asphalt 6.
There are in-app purchases to unlock the game (like tracks and motorbikes) without playing the game, but for me this is just a way of trying to make more money from the app (as they know it will not sell for more than 69p.)
On the upside:
- Plenty of tracks and bikes to unlock.
- Lots of challenges and modes.
On the downside:
- Touch controls are broken.
- Money earnt in game is not added to your total, unless you “win”
- The track design can be bad, and filling it with traffic can make them worst.
- You past right through signs and posts at the side of the road.
Overall, this is a reasonable motorbikes racing game. The iPad version has not improved on the iPhone version, in fact, in areas like the controls it is worst. The game has not been improved or polished since the original release, just upsided for the iPad. There are lots of great racing games out there, like Asphalt 6, that are much better. It is a real shame that several improvements were not made between versions.
Size: 110 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69