RPM: Gymkhana Racing Review
- Decent track design.
- Lots of things to do to acquire stars.
- Great visuals.
- The handling of the cars can kindly be described as icy.
A fun little arcade drift racer that would be a lot more fun if you felt like you actually had a semblance of control over the car.
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When it comes to sports and racing games, players usually fall into two camps. Do you prefer a simulation game style, or an arcade one? RPM falls in the latter category as it is focused primarily on drifting, and accomplishing many varied and strange tasks while drifting.
The game is controlled from an overhead 3rd person view. Hitting the accelerator will propel your car forward but since the slightest shift in turn will begin the drifting that is at the center of the game, you need to watch the speed gauge closely. You want to hit the sweet spot that will allow you maximum control at a decent speed as you spend as much time in drift mode as possible racking up points and score multipliers. At least that's the theory presented here. The reality is that even in that sweet spot, control of your vehicle relies more on luck than any skill. The slightest shift in turning can send you careening into a wall, instantly ruining any score you might have built up. It does feel like you're on an ice rink instead of a race track.
As you race around, there are many different goals to accomplish to gains the stars needed to unlock further levels. Balloons need to be thwacked, walls need to be sprayed with paint, lights need to be turned off, and hidden alleyways need to be drifted down. The game throws enough variety at you that you're never at want for something to do as you make your way around the track, and indeed in some of the later levels, it takes a well planned attack to accomplish everything in one race.
The visuals are a high point as the lighting adds a lot of atmosphere to the race tracks, and the locations that these races are set in have impressive backgrounds. It's just a shame that such fun arcade racing variety is held back by such loose and frustrating controls. Who knows, it could just come down to not coming to grips with what the game is trying to teach here, but in either case, more grip would be appreciated.
DescriptionRace around the world doing burnouts, destroying stuff and drifting like a pro. RPM: Gymkhana Racing is an Acrobatic Racing game inspired by the gymkhana motorsport.
USE YOUR DRIVING SKILLS IN AN ENTIRELY NEW WAY
RPM focuses heavily on drift control, near misses (or hits) and the ability to deal with multiple curves and chicanes in one fast, controlled swipe. Losing grip and wiping out is your only adversary here.
LEAVE TIRE TRACKS ALL OVER THE GLOBE
Zip around 5 fully detailed environments like New York, Dubai, Rural China, Tokyo and Paris.
25 UNIQUE TRACKS
Race around 25 courses filled with obstacles and detail. Drift around the cramped training tracks of Japan all the way to the gigantic courses of the Louvre Museum.
MULTIPLE OBJECTIVES PER TRACK
Smash priceless art, do burnouts around meditating monks, splatter walls with paint, pose for the cameras and lots more. Each contains up to 7 objectives.
There is a start and a finish to every race, but it's up to the player to explore the tracks and find how to accomplish each goal. Going straight ahead is almost never the best way in RPM.
RPM: Gymkhana Racing is fully optimized to show off the full potential of the newest iOS hardware.
What's New in Version 1.2.1● New environment: Navajo Country, AZ: This abandoned airfield sports 5 all-new tracks with great open areas for learning the ropes without crashing.
● Graphical Update: Lots of details and effects added to existing environments.
● New cars. 2 New Cars Added. Other cars were remodeled from scratch with 5x as much detail.
● In-game Music: a LOT of new tracks from Loudcore. Drifting around never sounded better.
● GameCenter Support: Leaderboards for most tracks and lots of achievements.
● Accelerometer Support.
● Improved controls: On-screen buttons replaced and repositioned for better handling. Drift Button added.