Game Review: Real Racing
Release: June 8, 2009
Available Platforms: iPhone
ESRB Rating: N/A
Real Racing is an arcade racer for the iPhone by the creators of Flight Control. In the game, you race through events in order to unlock new cars and divisions. The game handles acceleration and braking, unless you want more control over your car. Steering is done by tilting the iPhone from side to side.
Firemint has created a fully featured racing title that could easily go head-to-head with any handheld racing game on either the Nintendo DS or Sony PSP. Real Racing gives you a fully structured career mode with different divisions and cars to unlock. 36 cars in all are unlockable by playing through 57 events. Additionally, the game features local multiplayer via wifi, online leaderboards, and video replays on YouTube.
The tilting controls in Real Racing are extremely responsive and well done. It is sensitive enough to allow for very slight adjustments or extreme cornering. In addition, the graphics are of the highest quality. Both the cockpit and outside the car view give you a good sense of speed and view of the track. At one point, someone actually asked me if I was playing Gran Turismo, which is very high praise. Also, the game has a lot of depth and re-playability. The recent update added a new exotic vehicle class and two new championships, features which add even more value.
My only complaints would have to be with the user interface and price. I played the game for a week before I figured out how to sync my game with the Cloudcell service and have a username. I also still have not found the option to share replays on my YouTube account. These are minor things, and something I think could be addressed in a patch as an in-game help or faq. The price point is also a barrier for those of us on a budget. A lite version of the game could go a long way in making iPhone users more comfortable parting with their $10.
All in all, Real Racing is one of the best experiences on the iPhone, albeit a pricey one. If you’re a racing fanatic, this should be loaded on your iPhone. If you’re on the fence or if you prefer your iPhone games to be quick and dirty affairs, I suggest waiting until Firemint decides to put out a lite version. Bottom line, this is a fantastic game with some incredible graphical polish and tight controls.