Colin McRae Rally Review
- Publisher: The Codemasters Software Company Limited
- Genre: Sports
- Released: 27 Jun, 2013
- Size: 227.5 MB
- Price: $2.99
- The touch controls are surprisingly nuanced.
- The deterioration of your car through the engine and suspension sound effects is great.
- The repair mechanic forces you into tactical decisions.
- The landscapes can seem a little bland and lifeless.
- More car choices would have been nice.
Though the visuals look a touch dates, Colin McRae Rally is a no-brainer for iOS racing fans.
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Disclaimer: I am not much a racing fan. Perhaps it's having to deal with crazy drivers on the road everyday, but watching high speed vehicles zoom around perilous twists and turns, seeing drivers taking their lives into their own hands... Well, it's just a little bit much.
The one exception is rally driving. In this discipline, the drivers are competing more against the clock than each other. Ultimately, they are competing with themselves, trying to perfect each corner they take to secure victory. In world of rally games, Colin McRae Rally has been one of the heavy hitters. And now it's on iOS.
Based on Colin McRae Rally 2.0, this port features thirty tracks to master, and four different vehicles in which to tackle them. Each championship comprises a number of stages back-to-back, with the ability to repair your vehicle after every two segments or so. You have a minute to undertake repairs, and each block takes five seconds, so depending on how much crashing you've been doing, you may have to make some tough decisions when it comes to fixing your wheels.
Getting used to how the car handle is a matter of feel and experience. So, it's easy to see why the early tracks are forgiving not only in their turns, but the speed of your opponent (as you're racing a single opponent).
The controls take some getting used to, but after a while you begin to appreciate the finesse the touch screen arrows provide. These arrows are lot kinder than the tilt controls, which often cause you to oversteer. Actually, over-steer is the real enemy in Colin McRae. It's very easy to not only spin out of control and plough into a tree or rock. Not only that, the game's physics can send you flipping or barrel rolling off a jump if it's taken at a weird angle.
While the backgrounds are a little sparse and dull, and the voice of your navigator can become annoying, the presentation is decent. After a couple bad crashes your car starts to sound very ill indeed, which is both fitting entertaining.
iPhone users who enjoy rally driving should probably grab Colin McRae Rally. It's obviously not as pretty or feature-rich as its console or PC brethren, but for a hand-held rally experience, it crosses the finish line with style.
DescriptionThe No. 1 Racing Game in 83 countries!
Please Note: Colin McRae Rally requires iPad 2 or newer, iPhone 4S / 5, iPod Touch 5
Hit the dirt as the ultimate off-road racing game experience, Colin McRae Rally, comes to iPhone and iPad for the very first time.
“A must have time-killer” AUTOSPORT
"Looks great, controls well with either touch or tilt, and has a ton of races to complete"
- Touch Arcade
"A seriously entertaining drive 4/5"
- The Huffington Post
"Colin McRae Rally is a fine racing game, with sharp handling and a nerve-wrecking sense of speed"
- Pocket Gamer
From the developers of the multi-million selling franchise and based on content from the 90% Metacritic rated Colin McRae Rally 2.0, Colin McRae Rally for iPhone and iPad features THIRTY amazing rally stages with a combined distance of over 130km. Go flat out through the dirt of the Australian outback, take on dramatic climbs through the mountains of Greece and get sideways on the tight and twisty roads of Corsica.
Get behind the wheel of legendary rally cars, the Subaru Impreza, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, Lancia Stratos and Colin McRae’s Ford Focus. Pace notes read by professional rally co-driver Nicky Grist help you fully commit through each and every stage.
With the critically acclaimed Colin McRae Rally handling, damage and physics model under the hood, feel the thrill of putting pedal to metal across different surface types and blast through beautiful, challenging environments.
Take on different game modes including quick races, full rallies and Championships and customise your experience with different controls schemes and views. Post your best time to the leaderboards and unlock achievements with full Game Center support.
COLIN MCRAE RALLY – THE CLASSIC RALLY EXPERIENCE PERFECTLY TUNED FOR iOS.
- For optimal performance we recommend you restart your device and close other applications before playing
- Colin McRae Rally requires iPad 2 or newer, iPhone 4S / 5, iPod Touch 5