A mo­bile game that is as good, or bet­ter, than con­sole rac­ing games

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LEVEL UP - By Siddhartha Sharma

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 de­tail- ing 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.

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