Updated: Cheap Shot: Racer

In our initial review, we found Racer to be a well-implemented, fun arcade game. However, it was lacking a variety of content. Now, update 1.2 brings many new features and game modes that make this a race worth winning.

The latest update brings in three new game modes that both enhance the gameplay and challenge even the best players. Hard mode is the same as normal, but faster and with more traffic. A new Career mode consists of 20 stages. Here you must collect the minimum number of stars on the road to advance to the next level. After getting past the first few levels, Slalom mode opens up. This combines the normal game with the star system to create more intensive gameplay.

Also unlockable in Career mode are five new car models. Each has a different look and motor sound. While this is purely aesthetic, it gives the game a sense of progression and completion.

If you haven’t picked up Racer, we highly recommend you do. Speeding down a highway without the worry of cops has never been so much fun, and with quadruple the content this is a no-brainer at $0.99.

Many racing games try to get ahead by incorporating top-notch 3D graphics that will leave you in awe. Racer is quite the opposite. Instead, it focuses on nifty gameplay that allows for quick reactions in an arcade setting. Unfortunately, its simplicity ends up making it interesting for only a short period of time.

The idea behind Racer is that you must swerve and swivel your car through traffic as you speed down a highway. The controls are very responsive and allow for the quick maneuvering one would expect in such a game. You simply drag your finger along the screen. Also, if you drive further up on the screen you go faster and, in turn, are given more points.

Our money’s on the station wagon.

That’s all you get in Racer, though. With little variation to the gameplay, you will find the game becoming monotonous, fast. Online high scores will keep some interested for longer, but the fact that it only gives you the top nine scores hinders this feature.

Racer is also full of missed opportunities that could have added depth. For one, you can change your car’s color, but we would have liked a selection of cars. Due to the large amount of sprites in the game, this is something that the developer could most likely implement easily.

In its current state, Racer is a fun arcade game that gets boring quickly. Only those who can race with the best should pick up this game.

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