Speedway 2012 ($ 1.99) by Caps Off
Available on iPhone & iPod Touch
Imagine you’ve got a motorcycle and you have a chance to race it around a dirt track. Sounds good, right? Now imagine that your bike can only make left turns. Uh… WTF? And welcome to Speedway 2012.
I understand why Caps Off decided to make this game’s motorcycles a left-turn-only deal. It makes for a simple control scheme, and it also allows for four different people to put four different fingers on a single device and race against each other. That’s all cool and whatnot, but this thing really takes some getting used to. Tap once to get your bike going, and from then on you tap and hold to make your left turns. It’s easy in theory, but after smashing into the wall 50,000 times it’s really gonna piss you off.
Speedway 2012′s production values are pretty good and I like the idea of multiple players on the same device, but I’ll be gosh darned if this game isn’t so frustrating that it feels more like casual torture than casual gaming. Can’t I at least bounce off the wall instead of having the race end instantly when I crash? When playing vs. the computer, crashing is so common that if you manage to finish the race at all there’s a good chance you’ll win by default. Even the computer isn’t too good at avoiding the walls.
To be fair I played this game on my iPhone which, given the scale of the graphics, is a pretty small screen. I’m sure this game would play differently on an iPad, but I’m guessing it would still be hard to finish races.
|Fun||Looks fun, but disappointing on iPhone|
|Sound & Graphics||Decent|
|Controls||Easy but hard to get used to|
|Replay Value||Feels pretty far from addictive|
|Overall||If you get this game, put it on an iPad! The graphics are too small and hard to control on iPhone’s little screen|
|App Name:||Speedway 2012 (iTunes)|
|Price as of this writing:||$ 1.99. A free version of this app is not available at this time.|
|Available on:||iPhone & iPod Touch|
|Device & iOS used for review:||iPhone 4, iOS 5.|