Tires of Fury: iPhone Video App Review
When it comes to gaming, kids usually have the inside track. So when younguns Jared and Evan wanted to play the ultimate monster truck racing game, they went ahead and created it, with a little help from the developers at Ignotus Games. The result is Tires of Fury, a racing game where the tires are big and so is the competition.
In Tires of Fury you control and trick out your very own whimsical monster machine. It’s pretty easy to see that Jared and Evan had a lot of creative control with the game, because what adult would commission a pirate ship monster truck? Personally, we went with a bright pink dragon monster truck with superb handling. Not only can you choose your truck’s style, you’re going to trick it out with upgrades and fun colors, as long as you have the tires to do so.
That’s right, in Tires of Fury the currency is tires. You earn tires for defeating opponents during races and get big tire bonuses for coming in first, second or third.
The game plays a lot like a supped up version of Mario Kart. You start with eight other monster trucks, and then duke it out for three laps. Along the way you collect bonuses and weapons, so not only are you flying around a tricky track, you’re fighting for your place among the pack. And there’s some serious competition.
This game is pretty hard to master. If you get blown up a time or two it is nearly impossible to climb back up through the racing ranks, so you’re best (and sometimes only) bet is to get out front early and run for the hills. And you must place first to unlock the second and third races at each map location. Since you’re going to need quite a few upgrades to make any progress it’s a little disheartening that the game is so hard right off the bat.
We think the multiplayer options are sweet, and they include multiplayer and online matchups.
Layout & Design:
The levels in Tires of Fury are quite well done. There are four different locations: Rev Up City, Mount Brakemore, Drifting Forest and Fish Tail Glacier, and each course is detailed and well rendered with a variety of layouts.
Choose from two control options, either a tilt to steer design with dedicated gas, brake and attack buttons, or a set of right and left controls that double as gas pedals with brake and attack buttons. Personally we found the tilt to steer control much easier to use, especially on the iPad, otherwise the right and left buttons are crowded on one side of the screen making it really hard to maneuver. Also, at least to star, you probably want to compete at normal speed instead of fast. The controls are pretty touchy and it’s going to take you some time to master them.
Tires of Fury is well priced, at just $2.99 for the moment, and really well designed. We hope they put in some sensitivity controls and make the game a bit easier for beginners to get into. Even after about an hour of playing the game was pretty hard.
Tires of Fury 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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