Price: $ .99
Do you like racing games for the iPhone? Want a title with a unique twist, à la touch controls and pixel-art graphics? Yeah, it’s a specific order, but if that’s what you’re in for, Minicars Touch, by developer Dracorders, has you covered in spades. Our iPhone app review found that the learning curve is stiff to swallow, but if you can get the hang of it, the twelve levels offered here will keep you entertained for a while to come.
Concept and Gameplay
Remember those little magnetic track cars you use to play with as a kid? You know the kind with the plastic remotes that always broke and the one car that was on speed and perpetually won? Minicars Touch is a lot like that, only on your iPhone, and with touch controls that aren’t likely to break.
You’re given a top-down view of the racing track, where five other cars (including yours) are lined up against the checkered flag. When the timer blows, they take off, and it’s up to you to drag a finger around the track, directing your racer to victory—or as was my case, utter defeat. Along the way, the game hucks in various power-ups, including speed boosts, electric weapons, and even teleports. This keeps things fresh, and really adds an extra layer to an otherwise straightforward racing title.
The other boon that Minicars Touch is sporting is its touch controls. Instead of giving the player a directional pad, the app lets users get touchy to direct traffic. It takes some getting used to, and even late in the game, your chubby sausages can still get in the way of the action. At times, I would have preferred a D-Pad, but the innovation of the touch controls is cool enough to be kosher, in my humble opinion.
Graphics and Design
The game itself looks great on the iPhone, sporting pixel-art graphics that are cartoony without being distracting. I especially liked the power-ups that not only look cool, but keep things fresh as your car zips around the track.
Minicars Touch is missing Game Center integration, which is a right shame, as leader boards would have added a great deal to the mix. Achievements would have been appreciated, too, but perhaps future updates will bring these features into the fold. I also would have appreciated more levels, as Minicars Touch currently only has a dozen.
Overall Fun and Value
Clocking in at a dollar in the App Store, Minicars Touch is certainly a bargain for racing fans. If you want to try an innovative and pulse-pounding title for the iPhone, a dollar is a fair price for the wicked action Minicars Touch is sporting.
Minicars Touch requires iOS 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.
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