Tail Drift

This racer will put you in a spin

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS APPS - £1.49 De­vel­oper Right Pedal Stu­dios Pub­lish­ing, taildrift.com Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 1 Age 4+

Tail Drift is a bit like Mario Kart, but in­stead of dinky go-karts hurtling round in­ven­tive tracks, tiny air­craft tightly hug pipe-based cir­cuits that twist and dive, like tubu­lar roller­coast­ers. The aim is to fin­ish first in races, beat lap times in time tri­als, or get as far as pos­si­ble in time ex­ten­sions; the last of those has the added com­pli­ca­tion of minute open­ings in reg­u­larly placed cir­cu­lar gates – fly through to get another five seconds.

The game con­trols well – hold left or right to move and tap a but­ton to fire col­lected weapons. It’s also gor­geous; snake-like tracks thread through float­ing is­lands, silky smooth an­i­ma­tion match­ing ev­ery spin and turn. On the odd oc­ca­sion you’ll catch a glimpse of some­thing in­ter­est­ing in the warm sun­set or inky night, but you’ll mostly just be try­ing your damn­d­est not to hit a wall. Craig Gran­nell

A playable and great-look­ing racer that pro­vides a new twist (OHO!) on the genre.

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