Death Rally (iPad)

Developer: Remedy Entertainment Ltd



Vrrooommm!! And you start drifting, crashing and firing upon the other racers among you. No foreplay,  All action (Great action I must admit). After downloading Death Rally, an hour just flew by as though it was on nitrous oxide. First and foremost, the graphics are stunning. It was captivating enough that it didn’t even matter whether I won the race or not (for the few few rounds at least). Secondly, the controls are superb, complimenting the physics engine ingeniously. I could maneuver my car to exactly how I wanted it to be (or maybe I’m just talented). Brilliant!

 

Death Rally is a “Drive & Shoot” game (similar to a hack & slash) which doesn’t require a high level of strategy nor thinking on your part. You simply start racing, then start shooting. Each race takes less than 2 minutes, and after every race you can go straight to a garage, where you can start to repair and upgrade your damaged race car with your bounty you won on the previous race. Before you know it, you are back on the streets, locked and loaded. And even though there are a somewhat limited number of tracks,  the variety of race types, coupled with the increasing difficulty of the AI, throw enough variation into the mix to prevent it from being mundane for a long while.

Amazing visuals with adrenalin pumping action usually make a good game.

Death Rally uses the pseudo joystick system that you find in many third-person action games these days. (Gunbros, Speedball, etc.) But adapting those controls to the physics of race car driving can be quite a challenge. Fortunately, Death Rally balances out the sensitivity and inertia of control extremely well. Yet even after an hour of playing, I can guarantee that your left thumb will feel some sort of pain in some place. That is when you to appreciate the upgrade system behind the scenes that you otherwise would have ignored if you didn’t need to take a break.

There are a variety of cars, weapons, equipment, maps and challenges all to be unlocked as you progress through the game. Unlike other games where you might feel like you are undergoing the boring endeavor of unlocking items, Death Rally is almost the opposite. Unlocking items comes almost naturally (sometimes even too fast because, you can unlock a new item before fully upgrading the previous item). This upgrade system ensures that you keep coming back for more despite only having 8 different weapons to unlock.

The 8 weapon is vary enough to make you adapt your driving style slightly in different situations, yet not so much that you have to completely re-learn how to use it. To add a level of difficulty, most of them have very limited ammunition, ensuring that you can not just simply go on a diablo-esque rampage instead of trying to win the race. All this being said, it is perhaps slightly disappointing (although extremely satisfying) that the most powerful weapon comes with a relatively large ammo capacity and requires very little skill to use.

It's one of the weaker cars in Death Rally, but if I had one in real life, I'd be pretty satisfied.

Death Rally is a must for all racing fans. I would describe it as “Mario Kart for real men.. On steroids.. Who for some reason or another, happen to have the time to play iPad games”. However, after a few hours of play, the fun does start to ween out like most other games. The complete career mode would last for about 5-6 intense hours. The enthusiast would derive another few hours of fun climbing up the “Fame” ladder as you gain fame points after every race too. As of now, Remedy Entertainment has already provided us with 4 updates each with new upgrades and features, and I would like to give a shout out to them for the great work.

Score: 8.5/10

Review by Smoking Crows

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