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STREETBIKE: FULL BLAST HD [IPAD] – REVIEW (65%)

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.

Rating: 65%

Size: 110 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Streetbike: Full Blast HD – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Game - Driving, iPad, Reviews

 

STREETBIKE: FULL BLAST [IPHONE] – REVIEW (68%)

Streetbike: Full Blast 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 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, they will race ahead of you serving and dodging, and then will slam the brakes on allowing you to overtake them. In one race, I lost a race as two cars that were well ahead of me near the finishing line both slammed on their brakes and the finish line and I slammed into the back of them.

Controls are done with enough touch control or tilt. You then have virtual buttons for nitro and brakes. Both controls work well, but you may need to tweak a little to your liking.

The sound and graphics are generally good, but you are graphic gliches and the animation is poor.

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:

  • Other bikes slam on the brakes at random to help you win.
  • 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, but it just feels cheap and unpolished. There are lots of great racing games out there, like Asphalt 6, that are much better. This really does feel like a cheap copy of Asphalt, but with motorbikes. This game will need some major tweaking to bring it up to some really good. Chillingo have another game called “Race illegal: High Speed 3D” which is better, but suffers from similar issues.

Rating: 68%

Size: 201 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Streetbike: Full Blast – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Game - Driving, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

RECKLESS RACING [MAC] – REVIEW (84%)

Reckless Racing is a top down racing game released by Polarbit.

“Reckless Racing mixes old-school racing gameplay with state of the art graphics and multiplayer features to brew a mean gumbo that takes the genre to a whole ‘nother level. Perfectly balanced controls lets you skid, slip and slide through some of the most beautiful tracks that you ever did see – leaving nothing but mud-splattered opponents, skidmarks and chaos in your wake.”

The application can be run in full screen or a set screen size that I believe is around the size of the iPad screen.

Reckless Racings offers a single player mode and also multiplayer via the internet, you will need a Polarbit account in order to use the Multiplayer functions.

The Single player game offers the selection of three game modes, these are: Dirt Rally (race against five other AI opponents) , Hot Lap (time trial – with Ghost car) and Delivery (pick up and take deliveries to locations on the map.)

I cannot really comment on the Multiplayer game as I could not find another player online during my review.

All the content of the iOS version is here including the bonus packs, so you have eight vehicles to select from. There are 18 tracks in all (5 original tracks and 5 reverse versions) and (4 Pack 1 tracks and 4 reverse versions.)

The graphics are very good with some nice landscapes. The games runs very smoothly. The music is generally good, especially if you like the banjo.

Comparsions have to be made to its iOS counterpart and they are almost identical, in fact it feels very much like a straight port. The onscreen keyboards and the menus for looking through the tracks available do not scroll as they should on a mac, with you having to hold down the mouse pointer and then pushing up and down, just like you were doing it with a finger on iOS.

On the upside:

  • Fun top down driving game.
  • Controls are very good, lots to select from to find the right one for you.
  • The addition of the delivery mode mini-game is very good and adds to the game.

On the downside:

  • If you own the iOS version there is nothing new here.
  • Single player can be completed fairly quickly, so you will need to like the multiplayer long term.

Overall, this game is excellent racing game. It has a very reasonable price tag. If you have played this before on iOS you will find nothing new here, but if you have never played before it is well worth a look, especially if you enjoy playing games with a physical keyboard.

Rating: 84%

Size: 195 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.49

Link: Reckless Racing – Polarbit

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Game - Driving, Mac Software, Reviews

 

SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE [IOS] – REVIEW (76%)

Sports Car Challenge is a driving game released by Volkswagen (China) Investment Co, Ltd.

“Enjoy the sheer beauty and amazing details of the hottest high-end supercars from Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche and Volkswagen, while you speed along the track with up to 250 miles per hour. An update, which will enable you to take place on the driver’s seat and enjoy the classy interiors of all cars in a detailed 360 degree sight field, is already in the making, too. So stay tuned for more cool features in the future!”

When I first opened this app, it looked and felt like a very cutdown version of Project Gotham racing for the Xbox. After playing the application that feeling did not leave me.

This game offers six cars to select from, once selected you can then do one of three events. 

  • Time Trial – One lap of what look like a cut down Nurburgring in the fastest time
  • Slalom – Zig Zag through cones in this short straight course.
  • Braking – Change gears to get to the braking zone fast, and then slam on the brakes without missing it.

The game uses game center to record your times for the events, so you can compare your times against other players.

Once you have played the events through once and get times you are happy with then there is very little to make you come back for more. The cars do not even suffer damage from crashing, so that is not even an added draw.

There are no options for doing anything to the cars other than driving them in the events, limiting you to only changing the colour and the rims of the vehicle.

The game can be controlled either by tilt or touch. The touch works OK, but sometimes I found myself not tapping the steering rather than the brake, as the brake zone is a little too narrow.

The sound and graphics are generally very good. The cars are not as detailed as other driving games, but still look good.

The application really does feel a little like an advertisement for the cars, with information and links to the websites almost being as much as the application as the game.

On the upside:

  • Solid driving game.
  • Some nice cars.
  • Universal.
  • Free.

On the downside:

  • Feels like a demo.
  • Some of the cars feel like they are on a wire.
  • Lack of longevity.

Overall, this is a good driving game and is free. However, it is really not much more than a nice demo of a driving game, which may or may not come in the future. If this game gets more content then that would be marvellous. 

Rating: 76%

Size: 77 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Sports Car Challenge – Volkswagen (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2011 in Game - Driving, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

FOREVER DRIVE [IOS] – REVIEW (86%)

Forever Drive is a top down driving game released by supermono limited.

“Forever Drive is a racing game set in a beautiful 3D futuristic city made, in part, by YOU. Using the BUILT-IN Track Editor, tracks created by different players are joined together into a never-ending road to drive! Customise your car from a huge selection of paintwork and license plates and prepare to drive as far as you can before the clock runs out! Accumulate miles driven to LEVEL UP and unlock even more cars, each with their own unique handling.”

The game offers you the change to drive through user created tracks as well as your own. The game is free to play, but you can purchase credits to have your experience increased for that drive.

As you get in experience you will unlock more in the game, such as cars, registration plates and paint jobs.

Gameplay wise, the driving is good with lots of different control methods to try, but I was happy with the default that offered a left and right area to screen and auto accelerate. Driving without hitting cars or the walls will increase your combo and with that your experience points at the end of the race. 

To start the game you will have a basic car and you will unlock new ones as the game progresses. Again in-app purchases can be used to quickly unlock some of the other vehicles, if you wish.

When you start to drive you are given a very limited time to get to the next check point, however, it is enough and you should find yourself completing three or four tracks before you run of time. There are also power ups on track that will give you extra speed for a short time or give you extra time to complete the track with.

The tracks are all user designed so you never really know what the next track will be. some of long with a few turns and other twist round like a snake.

You can build you own tracks in the game which is great, the track designer is very limited with you only really controlling the direction of the track, and then the track automatically setting the high of the track. However, it does make it simple and quick, which compared with other track designers is the best option.

The graphics are good with some nice lighting effects. The sound is fine, but one or two of the tracks seems a little grating.

This is a well designed Free game, allowing you to play for free, and without the use of real world money. For people who cannot wait then they can pay to get cars or advance ten times faster, but due to the design of the game I will not call it Freemium.

On the upside:

  • Fast and Fun top down driving game.
  • Lots of unlock.
  • Universal and Free.

On the downside:

  • Driving can become repetitive after a while.
  • No multiplayer via Bluetooth etc.
  • Only able to name your driver via OpenFeint.

Overall, I found this game very playable. For a free game it offers a lot of things to unlock and do. I would have liked multiplayer and better game center support, but how can I really complain when you are getting want is after all a great top down diving game for free. If you like driving games download this now, it is well worth a look.

Rating: 86%

Size: 112 MB

Price (at time of review): Free [With In App Purchases]

Link: Forever Drive – supermono limited

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2011 in Game - Driving, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews