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Deliverace Now ‘Reckless Racing’, Finished with Development

We posted a preview of Reckless Racing a while ago, and since then, we haven’t heard too much about it.  Fortunately, the developer has updated their website with the following:

Much has happened the last few weeks; a new track made it into the game, the delivery mode had a makeover, the UI was final…ized, a casual game mode was added, Polarbit’s cross-platform online community support was added and much more… The game is finally finished and we are just waiting for QA approval now.

Of course, that means submission isn’t too far away, maybe even 1-2 weeks from today.  If this is your first time hearing about the game, be sure to check out our preview post.

Update: Changed the title from “Deliverance” to “Deliverace”.

Cubed Rally Racer Review: Life on the Edge… Literally

The phrase “living life on the edge” usually means that you’re living life… with a lot of risks.  You’re an undercover cop, an FBI agent; something that involves you almost getting killed a bazillion times.  And that’s exactly what Cubed Rally Racer portrays here: you dying or almost dying a bazillion quintillion times.

The premise of the game is simple and enjoyable, and OpenFeint is definitely a nice touch, but overall the game is far from the highest recommendation, as there are some problems holding it back, such as the difficulty level.  The controls worked surprisingly well, but again, difficulty seems to be the main issue here.

Likes

Random tracks: Race 05 won’t be the same track if you exit and enter the game again, neither will Race 01, 02, 03, 04… etc.  I think that definitely adds to the replay value of the game, and while not too much, it’s still a nifty little feature that I thought was creative.  Some may like just one track and to beat the time on that track, but I think that this added a new level of creativity.

Graphics: The cubed look really appeals to my eyes, and the style is just great.  The artist or whoever designed the game did a phenomenal job with making the game look unique, and it’s probably one of my favorite art styles on the App Store right now.  Phenomenal job, couldn’t have done much better.

Dislikes

Difficulty: This is where the game starts to fall apart.  There is a huge learning curve along with a somewhat high difficulty level, making for a quite frustrating game.  It felt very similar to Jet Car Stunts in that it was more of a trial and error type of game, along with the fact that you’ll be dying constantly over and over and over again.

Lack of multiplayer: Multiplayer options would have been nice, even WiFi or Bluetooth would suffice.  For now, it’s a single-player game against… well yourself.

Crash: Now most games usually just crash and exit to the homescreen.  But according to my time with Cubed Rally Racer, it actually crashed my entire phone, causing it to restart and all that jazz.  It may just have to do with my jailbroken device, but after the crash, my game didn’t exactly save.  I had to restart from Race 05 after reaching Race 08.

Cubed Rally Racer could be a great game if it includes some new game modes, multiplayer, and a huge cutdown on the difficulty and trial-and-error gameplay.  The visuals are probably some of my favorite on the App Store, and the random tracks added some replay value.  Overall, Cubed Rally Racer is just an okay game; casual gamers may find it a bit frustrating and ultimately quit for some other game.

Cubed Rally Racer was developed by NoCanWin, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPhone 3GS.  The price is $1.99.


Disney’s ‘Split/Second’ Released onto the App Store

Disney‘s arcade racer Split/Second has been released onto the App Store, and I can’t help but be excited.  Although it doesn’t look as flashy or amazing as the console version, it still looks good enough to compete with the others in the App Store.  The screenshots in the App Store don’t seem to do the game any justice, though, and you can find some real ones below.

But the content doesn’t seem to be plentiful, with only 3 locations and 9 tracks from the console version.  It also comes at a whopping $6.99, a price tag most will be cautious with.  It also comes with 15 different cars and online, Bluetooth, and WiFi multiplayer.

We can only see if the online multiplayer works well and the single-player campaign is long enough, but from the sounds of it, it may or may not be worth the asking price.  I don’t want to make any judgements before playing it though, so you can see the game on iTunes to judge for yourselves.

[images via Slidetoplay]

Racer Promo Code Giveaway!

Racer from Tatem Games is one of my favorite casual games alongside Flight Control, and the developers were kind enough to provide me with (2) promo codes to giveaway.  Like always, please reply in the FORUMS POST to enter.  All comments that are submitted to this post will not count as entrants; therefore, those posts will disqualified.

This promo code contest will run until December 15, 2009 or until there have been atleast 5 entrants into the contest.  So here’s the run down of the rules:

  1. Comment on the thread simply stating you want the game.
  2. Do not comment on this post for your entry.
  3. You must register an account on NoDPad.com to enter.  To register, follow the instructions here.

That’s it for now, and enjoy the contest!  We’ll announce the winners on Tuesday.

First Look at Racer

When I first saw this game, I thought to myself “Nice graphics, gameplay looks so uninspired.”  Little did I know, Racer has the potential to be the next Flight Control.  It’s a bite-size or “snackable” game perfect for the App Store $0.99 economy right now, and it provides some fun worthy for hardcore and casual gamers alike.

Gameplay is very similar to all those flash games where you have to dodge all the incoming rocks.  In this case, you dodge incoming traffic while trying to race through the highway as long as you can.  Each car you pass counts as around 200 points, and after around 2 levels, you get another life.  The game starts out with 3 lives, and if you are skilled enough, those lives can keep climbing up and up until the top.  Of course, the game is far from being that easy and as each level passes by, the traffic gets faster, thicker, and more aggressive.  Once you run out of all your lives, you can post on the global leaderboard and see what place you rank among the thousands of other people.

Artwork and graphics are very nicely done, and everything is done with a level of extreme polish.  Just like Flight Control, this game offers some high-end artwork that should be placed in the Hall of App Store Artwork or something; it’s just that good.  I love the detail that went into the cars, and although there aren’t a variety of cars, each one has nice and crisp details to depict one from the other.  One feature that I found was quite intriguing was the fact that you can change the color of the car from green to red to a light or dark blue.

All in all, Racer is a simple game that offers everything an iPhone gamer could ever wish for.  It’s not one of those huge Real Racing type games with thousands of customizations and whatnot, but it offers adequate options and great gameplay.  The gameplay is very, very uninspired but what the developer did with this concept is absolutely amazing.  Online highscores, great graphics, and surprisingly addictive gameplay make this game a wonder.  This is casual gaming done right.

The price is $0.99, and the creators are Tatem Games.