Awkward Navigation Takes isober U in the Wrong Direction

Price: $.99     Score: 7/10     By A. Papachristosisober U - Helpfulapps

We can’t all be racecar-driving enthusiasts, but we can all admit that, at one time or another, we do indeed have the need for speed.  Unfortunately, we can’t take to the city streets or the police with slap us with a huge fine in five seconds flat.  Therefore, we must find a supplemental thrill to tie us over, and there’s nothing more accessible than gaming on your portable Apple device.  While there are numerous racing games to choose from, isober U by Helpfulapps employs drag and drive technology, truly putting the dream of driving right at their fingertips.

Surrounded by city and suburban settings, users must navigate the winding streets and sudden obstacles as they speed their way down the road.  The main menu provides three buttons – New Game, Options and High Scores.  Options, of course, allow users to the sound and music on or off, while High Scores displays your top five totals for each available vehicle.  When you choose New Game, you must first pick from three vehicles: two cars and one motorcycle.  Then, choose which of the five levels you’d like to attempt.  Drag the vehicle with your finger to avoid walls and obstacle, for you will explode in a fiery blast if you collide.  Your scores will be logged by the application itself, but users may also share scores via Facebook and Twitter.

Described as a fun, addictive car game, isober U claims to be partly educational based on the idea that it shows gamers what happens to your reflexes and concentration when you’re tired, stressed, high or drunk.  However, the simulation feels less like driving drunk and more like driving blind, for your fingers covers the entire vehicle as you guide it across the screen.

Knowing my fingers are smaller than average, I can imagine that others will experience even more of a hassle.  And, quite frankly, I’m not quite sure where the educational component factors in, for the sharp transitions and random obstacles fail to simulate driving under the influence.  Regardless, isober U provides a mediocre racing game that is certainly worth a test run.  Try the isober HD Lite version and see how it feels to be behind the wheel for yourself.

isober U [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.2 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.

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