Real Racing 3
by EA Sports & Firemonkey
Android & iOS
Price: FREE (With in App Purchases)
There are so many racing games to choose from. But I have been a fan of the Gran Turismo series and have waited for a racing game that came close to its brilliance. Finally, we have Real Racing 3, which is as close as you can get to the real thing even without being a console game. The game has set a benchmark when it comes to mobile gaming, making the best use of the great graphics and processors in smart devices.
Fire Monkey and EA have gone into the very core of racing, not just giving you a pure racing experience but also teaching you a thing or two on how not to ruin your car while burning the track. This game is powered by the new Mint 3 Engine, which features persistent car damage, fully functioning rear view mirrors and dynamic reflections for enhanced reality. Both on the iPhone 4S and the HTC One, the graphic detailing was stunning and the performance awesome.
The background scores keep your heart racing whenever you tackle some tough chicanes and corners. Real racing 3 does not tolerate a simple race-and-win plot and wants you to become a perfect racing driver in the process. Banging rivals will also damage your car and affect timing. So you have to think like a racing car driver and drive like one to win using the various controller options.
Featuring real manufacturers like Porsche, Lamborghini and Bugatti, the cars are works of art. Every time you win a race or end up in the top three, you gain racing dollars to buy more cars and upgrade your garage. For every level up you get gold coins to unlock new levels or buy exclusive cars like the McLaren MP4-12C.
There is the option to compete over 1,000 events from cup races to drag races. It also gives you to opportunity to upgrade your car parts to maximise performance if you are not able to win a particular race. The key is to keep coming back and play with all assists off to make the maximum use of the track, improve your timing and win. There is even a multi-player mode in which you take on Facebook friends playing the game.
However, there are some quirks too. The car delivery, repairs and upgrades take time. The moment you upgrade your car there is a wait for the parts to be installed, often over 20 minutes. For instant upgrade or a delivery of the car it prompts you to spend your coins and if you run out then you'll have to buy them with your card. The other hitch is the 1.2GB download for the game.
Gadgets & Gizmos Rating: 4/5 Stars