Recommended games in Arcade Racing
The best game you aren’t playing this week - Thumb.Run
I originally heard about Thumb.Run on <a href=”http://www.producthunt.com” rel=”nofollow”>Product Hunt</a>, downloaded it and ignored it for a while. But then I decided to launch it and an hour goes by and my phone battery dies. Yeah, I like this game, so I think I should write about it.
Thumb.Run is a game where the players run around a course that looks like it’s from a platformer game. Three laps against an opponent, fastest time wins. Seems simple, but it’s deceptively difficult, maddeningly addictive, and loads of fun. There are new runners to unlock and power ups available along with multiple courses. It’s $0.99 and worth a look if you like fun.
Posted March 10, 2016 by Jeff Scott
Skylanders Again Brings Their Whole Console Game to iOS, and this time Apple TV in Skylanders SuperChargers
Activision has once again brought their entire console game for a Skylanders franchise title to iOS and now the new Apple TV. In this edition, evil has taken over and Skylanders must fight via land, sea, and air using an nearly endless list of unique and modifiable vehicles. This edition also includes support for but does not require the Skylanders SuperChargers starter pack, a bluetooth base station that includes a controller, a couple Skylanders characters, and a vehicle. The starter pack is available via Amazon for $69. There are also dozens more additional characters and vehicles available. Additional vehicles and characters are available to purchase in the game without the base station.
On Apple TV, the initial start-up time was about six minutes (will vary greatly based on your home internet speed), which isn’t great. But additional loads were not bad as they seemed to happen in the background as cut scenes were playing. Siri remote support is there, but a controller is pretty much required as the Siri remote support is horrible.
Overall the game is impressive, and well done. It’s a great look at what console developers can do on the Apple TV and iOS. Let’s all hope we will see more like this.
Posted November 9, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Out Now: Need For Speed: No Limits
Made by the geniuses behind the Real Racing series, the Fire Monkeys, Need for Speed: No Limits is available now in the App Store and Google Play. It’s sort of the arcade racing answer to Real Racing 3 — but not nearly as arcadey as the Asphalt series from Gameloft.
And while there are endless things that annoy me about this game (energy timers, idiotic upgrades like fuses to tires, and the repetitive track), I have always loved NFS games and I find I’m drawn to this one too.
Warning that it employs all of the most annoying free to play tactics that EA has become known for.
Posted October 1, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Review
Anyone old enough to remember playing Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis will recall the frenetic speed of the platformer, so it only makes sense for the Sega mascot to get his turn at a kart racing game. He’s had a few attempts spanning various consoles, with the most notable being Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing a few years back. Now he gets another great one with an iOS port of his most recent console racer, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. It’s a fun, spirited game that deserves a spot on any racing fan’s podium.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed lives up to its (somewhat clunky) title in every way. A plethora of classic Sega characters feature in the game and as you would expect out of any good kart racer, and each comes with their own custom vehicle that fits their personality to a tee. Of course Sonic’s own universe is well represented with buddies Tails, Amy, and Knuckles showing up to race, among others from his franchise, but you’ll also unlock Ulala (Space Channel 5), Joe Musashi (Shinobi), Amigo (Samba de Amigo), Ryo Hazuki (Shenmue) and plenty more. (more…)
Posted January 6, 2014 by Chris Kiernan
Asphalt 8: Airborne Review
It’s another year, another summer, and just like a summer blockbuster movie, it’s time for another entry in Gameloft’s venerable racing series, Asphalt. It’s easy to get cynical as this would be the eighth game in the series, and after part seven I was starting to think that this franchise was getting a little too long in the tooth. Thankfully Gameloft seems to have realized that as well and has added enough new and fun elements to justify keeping the series going.
If you’re a arcade racing fan then there’s absolutely no reason for you to not be playing this. The in-app purchases are only annoying if you’re impatient, and every aspect in the game (even the redundant ones) are a step up. This is one you’ll be playing again and again for at least another year.
Posted September 6, 2013 by Erik Carlson