Derby Star: iPhone Video App Review
Think you have what it takes to raise and race the next Derby Star? This horse racing app from Tapsy is unmatched in detail and combines several elements we’ve seen in other equine-themed apps for a stellar gaming experience. Check out our iPhone app review of Derby Star to see if there’s a rosette out there with your name on it.
Concept & Gameplay:
In Derby Star you run a stable, manage a carefully selective breeding program, keep your horses happy with treats, complete trainings to up your horses’ stats and compete in races. Oh boy, do you race. Brand new racers start out competing in qualifying matches where the higher you stand the better the payout. Then you’ll battle through Derby Class, all in the name of competing in the Derby Star Cup. This tiered approach to racing makes getting into the game easy and fun.
Derby Star supplements its unique race style gameplay with beautiful graphics and an intricate training program you’ll use to boost your racer’s stats. You can even upgrade gear for faster results.
In other words, this app is a whole lotta fun. We love that it includes feeding, breeding and upgrade systems, but racing is the real star of this pony show. During races you’ll use skills honed by the app’s detailed training mini games to get a quick start, vie for the best position and pull away from the pack on the back stretch. It’s just plain exciting.
Layout & Design:
The 3D renderings really pop in Derby Star. Not only are the horses beautiful, but every page is crafted with thoughtful detail. Controlling your hose during mini games and races is quite easy, especially if you spend some time with the app’s detailed tutorials. Most of the game controls are translucent and located at the bottom of the screen, so they won’t interrupt the action.
Everything about this game is clear and simple to navigate. A realistic racing soundtrack and animated crowd help keep the app exciting. We weren’t huge fans of the visibility during races, especially ones with tight packs of horses, but that’s probably a pretty accurate description of what it’s like to get stuck in the pack. Despite this minor complaint, it’s truly a delight to play Derby Star
As long as you have an iOS device with enough juice to support Derby Star’s advanced graphics, you’re going to have a lot of fun playing this game. Downloading the app and accessing all the features is completely free (bet you didn’t see that one coming) which is amazing for an app that’s this good.
Of course, to get ahead, build a bigger stable and really dig in to the game, you’re probably going to need to buy some in app currency. Minimum purchases start at $4.99. Rarely have we been so tempted to turn out our pockets for a game, and around here, that’s says something special about the title. In other words, we highly suggest you get your hands on this app, especially if you love horses.
Derby Star iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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