Ducati Challenge Review
- Tight tilt controls; adjustable sensitivity and brake assists for new players.
- Six huge tracks across multiple regions; mirror versions also available.
- Wi-Fi multiplayer.
- Unlockable motorcycles and galleries.
- No real middle ground for braking; auto-braking is overzealous and manual-braking can be stiff.
Ducati Challenge finally starts to nail the fun of zipping around huge and complex racing tracks on a motorcycle.
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Motorcycle racers have come and gone with varying amounts of success on the App Store, but when most people have constant contact with four-wheeled vehicles it's not easy to convince them that two-wheels can feel just as natural in a virtual environment. Ducati Challenge by Digital Tales strides ahead of those that have come before, packing smooth controls and a realistic feel that players can ease in to as they master earlier stages of the game.
Unfortunately there are no alternatives but to stick with the tilt controls, but after tweaking the sensitivity settings to your liking you'll be thankful for the finesse that tilting gives you as you swing the weight of your rider back and forth to hold a steady racing line despite the speeds you're riding at. Auto-braking is turned on by default and it can be rather brutally over-zealous, slowing you down significantly even on long-soft curves, but this gives you the opportunity to get used to a particular track and bike before adding the surprisingly complex braking that sticks down harder the longer you press it down.
Players are invited to conquer three different difficulty modes, complete with six different tracks that are also mirrored to add more content in a fairly traditional Championship mode. As you progress you'll unlock new vehicles that are used to qualify and then race against AI opponents that are surprisingly tenacious and ready to jump ahead if you make the slightest mistake. Collisions can be haphazard and it's hard to judge whether a light tap will result in a wobble or a full-blown tumble.
While not as pretty as top-line racers like Real Racing, Ducati Challenge is still a treat to look at on the highest settings and older iDevices can turn things down if needed to remain competitive.
Compared to other generic racing titles, Ducati Challenge may only offer little more than the status-quo, but with so few outstanding motorcycle titles to choose from, this is a clear must-have for those who have been itching for some two-wheeled action.
DescriptionSpeed and fun on two wheels, in the palm of your hand.
Play Ducati Challenge up to 720p: DUCATI CHALLENGE is on your TV!
Get ready for breathtaking challenges and unique thrills riding official Ducati motorbikes in a graphically stunning 3D racing game – supporting the retina display.
Wheelies, stoppies, overtaking, high speed and steering precision make Ducati Challenge a must-have game for Ducati and motorbike fans alike.
---- Official Ducati bikes
Ride the most powerful standard models in Ducati's line, including Monster 1100 EVO, Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP, Diavel Carbon, Multistrada 1200 S, Streetfighter S and Superbike 1198 SP.
The roar of every single engine was recorded live to offer all Ducati fans an immersive experience.
---- Original and varied tracks
Fast race tracks, winding mountain roads, narrow medieval village streets, bustling metropolises and hot desert valleys will make the perfect locations for breathtaking challenges, where you can safely unleash all the power of Ducati's awesome bikes.
---- Single-player Mode
CHAMPIONSHIP: 3 competitions of increasing difficulty and challenges (including qualifying rounds to set the starting grid).
QUICK RACE: pick your ride, track, number of laps and difficulty level and just jump into the race. More tracks and bikes will be unlocked as you progress through the championship mode.
---- Multiplayer Mode
Challenge your friends in the Wi-Fi Multiplayer Mode with races for up to 4 players.
---- Different camera angles
In-game camera angles convey all the thrills of high speed racing on two wheels. Opt for a standard third person view or the amazing first person view.
---- Easy handling
Thanks to the customizable handling system (including steering sensitivity control based on your device leaning and the brake assist), Ducati Challenge offers user-friendly controls for players of all levels, ranging from beginners to experts.
You can choose between arcade and simulation settings to get your favourite drive experience.
--- Graphic Quality
Thanks to the personalization of the graphic quality, it’s possible to choose between 3 differents settings to get the best performance out of your device: low quality (no effects), medium quality (antialias activated), high quality (antialis + motion blur + high quality particles activated).
---- Image galleries and achievements
The rich game Extras, including unlockable achievements and exclusive Ducati images you can save on your device, will be the icing on the cake for all Ducati and motorbike fans alike.
---- iPod Library
Listen to your own music playlists during in-game challenges.
---- Game Center
Climb the leaderboards recording the best laps on each track.
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What's New in Version 1.11- iPhone 5 support
- App size reduced (from around 522 MB to 192 MB)
- Fixed bug affecting iOS 6.0
- Fixed Multiplayer Mode ( iOS 6.0 )
- Removed notification badge from app icon on springboard
- Fixed touch control issues
- Enhanced 2D rendering
- Improved performance and loading
- Minor bug fixes