Everyone who has ever been anywhere near Nintendo’s various gaming systems has probably dappled in the ways of Mario Kart. And with the iPhone’s tilt technology, users have surely tried their hand at first person racing games that put them in the middle of the action. But for users who want all the fun and none of the fuss, Monster Truck Mania by William Garrett offers a new perspective that simplifies, yet spices up the world of racing. By employing the view of a sideline spectator, Monster Truck Mania allows users to race against the clock and other trucks without having to get behind the virtual wheel.
The main menu offers the Play Game, How to Play and More Games buttons. Users will learn all they need to know with the How to Play section, which explains where top tap and how to tilt. To begin, users must choose between one of two vehicles differing in Top Speed and Acceleration. One excels at Top Speed, while the other accelerates better than the other.
Once you’ve chosen your vehicle, you must then choose either Time Trial or Challenge mode. Time Trial requires users to run the track by themselves while they try to achieve the best time possible and unlock new levels. Challenge allows users to play against the computer, racing against other trucks to see who will come out on top. However, users should be aware that they must come in first in order to advance to the next Challenge level, and with over 30 levels to master, this could get rather competitive.
To ensure your success, try collecting nitro canisters to use when you are desperate to regain speed. And, as you fly through the air, jumping off dirt ramps and steel beams, tilt your phone to perform flips and land with ease. Though, as you move through the levels, be cautious as your high-flying fun may be cut short by airplanes, boats and trains. Simple and straightforward, Monster Truck Mania presents the entertaining racing concept and makes it accessible for those who just don’t like the first person, “right in the driver’s seat” experience. Plus, the clear, colorful graphics make it such a joy to play.
Monster Truck Mania [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.