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Mini Motor Racing iPhone Gameplay Review –

Mini Motor Racing iPhone Gameplay Review –

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.

Reader Comments

  1. excellent game. amazing number of tracks (20 + reversal on each)… and each track can be day/night/dry/rain… just awesome. happy that there's a huge number of control options. great value at 1.99. in my opinion it is the new king of top down iOS racers (next to reckless racing).

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