NEED FOR SPEED: MOST WANTED
RRP: $ 7.49 ( Reviewed on iPad)
TWO of Australia’s most successful video game development companies merged a few months ago forming Firemonkeys, the country’s largest studio.
And if this first offering is anything to go by, the stakes have just been raised.
The Need for Speed franchise is back with another instalment of dream cars, bitumenhugging speed and, of course, cat- and- mouse races with the long arm of the law.
The aim, as always, is to finish each race in first place. Win enough races and your prizemoney can be spent in the game’s virtual garage featuring more than 35 desirable rides.
The collection ranges from your everyday Porsches, Jaguars and BMWs, up to the more exotic Maseratis, Lamborghinis and Bugattis.
These cars are brought to life in a vibrant 3D world, filled with some of the slickest visuals I’ve seen in an iPad game. Everything from the neon- filled urban circuits with their narrow streets, to the expansive country highways, both which will have you jostling furiously for pole position while struggling to keep all four wheels on the road. Polished graphics and the arcade- driving physics help capture the high- speed racing.
Unlike the console version of this new title, the race circuits aren’t all accessible through a streamed open world environment, so you won’t be driving around freely looking for races to participate in. Instead, you unlock new races via a map, and then need to wait as they load.
For an extra edge, performance- enhancing mods can be bought. Add- ons such as impact protection, nitrous boosts and re- inflatable tyres could make the difference between winning and losing when used wisely.
Like all tablet- based games, the hardware’s accelerometer can be used to steer the cars by tilting the device left and right. You can also opt to use a virtual steering wheel on the screen.
There is no multi- player racing mode but you can track times through the RaceWall feature.
Most Wanted doesn’t reinvent iOS racing, but it is the finest street racing experience to date.