Mini Motor Racing Review
- Four easy to use control schemes; customizable with reversed buttons and manual acceleration.
- Gorgeous visual design; luscious, colorful environments and cute chubby vehicles.
- Local multiplayer; Wifi and Bluetooth.
- Advanced iOS features; iCloud saves, Airplay and iPhone 4S graphical optimizations.
- No position indicators for other vehicles; hard to know if I'm being tailed by 2nd place or 6th place after lapping them.
- Cripplingly aggressive AI; clear the pack and they'll often self-destruct.
- Problematic camera perspective; hard to see changes in terrain height, making jumps/ramps/dips difficult to anticipate.
Despite some initial frustrations, Mini Motor Racing still manages to provide a unique time waster for arcade racing fans.
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Sometimes, despite everything screaming at you saying it's wrong, a game can manage to remain compelling. This is how Mini Motor Racing feels and despite The Binary Mill's best efforts the game is realistically far from perfect... and yet the next level loads up much like the last and the numbers keep going up and up and up.
The first thing that grabs you about the racer is its cute aesthetic, with its miniaturized world populated with chubbily proportioned vehicles ranging from Sports, Hatchback, Big-rig and even Buses. Everything about the graphical design lusciously envelops these vehicles, creating a smooth and chunky world you could almost reach out and touch. Better-still are the night time variants that range from basic flood-lit tracks to sunset drives and even rain-drenched tarmac.
It's at this point you realize you're racing and things take a bit of a nose-dive. The world of Mini Motors is a distinctly Arcade one and physics take a back-seat while cars freely spin on a dime, cutting their momentum while drifting slightly or coming to complete halts after being rammed and turned off-course by the AI.
Turbo-boosts, which are in limited supply as a power-up, can help you to get clear of the manic self-destructive racers, but learning how to effectively handle each vehicle type can take some time - all the more-so when dealing with the game's huge amount of tracks that feature unique terrain variations.
All of this should kill an otherwise competent racer, but jumping back and forth between vehicles, mastering tracks and upgrading vehicles with your spoils (or unlocking vehicles such as the colorful cameo from Fruit Ninja) has an appeal all of its own. Of note, the controls feel fantastic with slide controls having an almost analogue smoothness to them and touch-buttons providing a decent alternative for those with sore thumbs. Once you master a vehicle you'll almost flawlessly corner as you nail that perfect line time and again with ease.
What makes or breaks Mini Motor Racing is how willing you are to absorb its Arcade-inspired quirks to find the juicy, fast-paced racer that lies within. It won't be to everyone's tastes, but it doesn't take long to work out whether you're coming back for more.
Description**Winner of App Store Best of - Casual Games **
Little Cars, BIG Fun!
Start your engines! The most vibrant, super-charged racing game you’ve ever seen is here!
Mini Motor Racing plays like a favorite remote-controlled car showdown, combined with modern tech to nitro-boost your engines! Play multiplayer against your friends or rivals, via WiFi, Bluetooth and ONLINE! Race in campaign competitions for big rewards! Upgrade your skills and cars to win more! It’s all here in Mini Motor Racing.
Slide to Play: 4 out of 4 – Must Have
"We wholeheartedly recommend it … looks fantastic ... and is just gosh darn fun to play ... If you've been wanting for an arcade-style iOS racing game, this is the one to back out of the garage."
Touch Gen: 4 out of 5
"With impressive graphics, great controls, and a host of unlock-able tracks and cars, it could be the best example of the top down racer yet."
AppSpy: 4 out of 5
"Gorgeous visual design; luscious, colorful environments and cute chubby vehicles ... the controls feel fantastic with slide controls having an almost analogue smoothness to them and touch-buttons providing a decent alternative."
Family Friendly Gaming: 91 out of 100
"This game is my new favorite racing title for this platform. I have been waiting for someone to do this genre right on the iPhone/iPod Touch. My wait is over."
* HUGE new update featuring a new Career! Now over 300 races to conquer!
* OFFICIAL FRUIT NINJA BONUSES. Includes special themed tracks and cars for fruit mayhem enthusiasts!
* YOUR CHOICE OF CARS. Race in fully upgradeable cars, each with their own unique handling and style! Whether it be Sports, Hatch, Big-rig, Pick-up, School Bus, Hot Rod…the list goes on!
* WIN RACES, WIN CARS! Win races throughout the game and you’ll find yourself behind the wheel of the sweetest rides around including the official Fruit Ninja buggy!
* MANY RACE TYPES. Race on over 30 tracks, day and night, in varying weather conditions
* ONLINE MULTIPLAYER. Up to 4 players – WiFi, Bluetooth or over the internet.
* GAME CENTER SUPPORT. Invite up to four friends to play online via Game Center plus dozens of Achievements and Leaderboards!
* AIRPLAY. Mirror races from iPhone 4S to your TV screen for an even grander experience (requires Apple TV)
* ENHANCED FOR LATEST iPhones. More eye-popping visual candy taking advantage of all that extra power!
All this, and no assembly required!
What's New in Version 1.8.2- Performance fixes for older devices
- Some graphical tweaks throughout
- Various bug fixes
- Announcement of Mini Motor Racing WRT (free)