Re-Volt Classic Review
- Bursting with all the content of the 1999 original title.
- Fun and creative racing tracks to explore and master; comparable to Micro Machines in 3D.
- Outdated, slippery physics could have been overhauled; replicates the feel of extremely light-weight vehicles, but makes for a horrendously touchy racer.
- Sharper resolution only highlights the starkness of the level design.
Re-Volt Classic brings with it a mixed bag of emotions - nostalgic fans will no doubt enjoy the game's mostly faithful replication of the classic game, however those who are trying the game out for the first time may be put off by the stock-standard, and mostly outdated 'Kart' gameplay and physics.
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Not everything is better the second time around - sure we can point to the many 'Karting' titles of the 90s, including greats like the Micro Machines series, but it's 2012 and you'd hope the formula would have changed by now. Re-Volt was, for its time, a fun and frantic 3D racer with a toy's-eye-view of the world, but with little changed since its release the title feels like it hasn't fared well over time.
After picking from the initial set of unlocked vehicles the player is able to choose from the unlocked levels, competing for places and collecting hidden stars in the process. It's a basic formula - one that's made all the more familiar thanks to a familiar set of randomized power-ups that can be used against other players. Should you place high enough you'll be able to unlock stages in reversed and mirror flavors, as well as new cars and tracks too.
Unfortunately, what may have been considered adrenaline pumping, speedy racing back in the day feels anything but now. Sharper resolutions bring the world in the stark focus, highlighting the emptiness of its huge stages (be it in a Grocery Store, a Ghost Town or even a Museum). Despite this, the stages are still very clever in their design, with winding pathways blocked with giant objects and more than a few hidden areas to exploit.
Getting to them may not be as easy though thanks to virtual controls that feel stiff. This becomes all the more frustrating as the game makes use of very 'light' physics for the toy-like vehicles, making every bump and scrape nearly disastrous at high speeds.
If anything Re-Volt Classic feels like a missed opportunity to bump the series in to the modern era, complete with stages bursting with life; controls unique to the iOS platform; and weightier physics to add more of a competitive edge to proceedings.
Fans of Re-Volt will find just about everything from the original packed in to the iOS version (minus the multiplayer), which is certainly good for them. For everyone else it's a competent 3D racer, but the App Store isn't lacking for shinier and more varied alternatives, be it in the Arcade or Karting flavors.
DescriptionRace radio-controlled cars through the neighborhood and beyond in the classic arcade racer Re-Volt! Fast paced, exciting driving, with explosive weapons and unique track designs deliver a larger than life racing experience like no other.
Re-Volt Classic brings the original PC and Dreamcast kart racer back to life with retina visuals, control methods tailored for touch devices and all the great gameplay that made the title such a fan favorite when it was originally released.
★ 14 RACE TRACKS
Drive your car through a wide range of tracks, including suburban streets and through gardens and houses, over rooftops under the stars, through museums and cruise ships, and even a Wild West ghost town!
★ 42 CARS
Every kind of r/c car you can imagine is available to unlock in Re-Volt, electric and gas-powered, fast and slow, heavy and light! Advanced physics makes every car feel different to control – which will be your favourite?
★ 5 WAYS TO PLAY
Races that feature up to 12 cars in Championship and Single Race modes; Arcade style Time Trials against the clock as it counts down to zero; search for the hidden stars in each track’s Practise mode; and collect all the stars in the Stunt Arena for a very special surprise…
★ AMAZING GRAPHICS
The original Dreamcast graphics updated with sharp retina visuals – like an animated movie come to life, the story of these toys as they race around the world is as visually stunning as it was 12 years ago when originally released!
★ TOUCH CONTROLS DESIGNED FOR RACING
Three set-ups to cater for all tastes and experience, designed for fast paced twitch racing and ultimate control over your vehicle.
★ CLASSIC SOUNDTRACK
Tunes that will stick in your head long after you stop playing, the timeless upbeat soundtrack pumps along with the action driving you forward to every finish line.
★ iPHONE 5 and iOS 6 SUPPORTED!
Full iPhone 5 screen size support and iOS 6.0 compatibility
★ MORE GREAT FEATURES COMING SOON
Support development of this game to help bring more game modes and ways to play to future updates.
Works on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch (3rd, 4th and 5th gen), all iPad models and iPad Mini.. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Developed and Published by Big Bit Ltd
This Game App is Published under License from WeGo Interactive Co., Ltd. WeGo Interactive Co., Ltd is the Owner of “Re-Volt” Trademark and its Related Products.
What's New in Version 1.1.0In this version we've added "Time Saver" in-app purchases to allow quick access to all cars, tracks, and Clock Carnage game mode.
We've also tweaked some of the visuals including making the tutorial tutorial screens clearer, and fixed a number of minor bugs.