Are you tired of racing against computer-generated opponents? Do you wish you could send your best race to your real-life buddies to see if they can beat it? If you are ready for some multiplayer racing action, then Vs. Racing 2 has what you need.
Players race along difficult tracks in a top-down style game that fits perfectly into the classic arcade genre. Some levels only have one opponent. Some have five. The only thing you need is your thumb and skilled reflexes.
To start driving, players touch the virtual steering wheel that is located in the bottom-right corner of the screen. The wheel’s direction will automatically be pointed in the direction that the car is facing at the beginning of the race. There is no acceleration pedal, when the steering wheel is touched, the car moves forward. When it is released, the car breaks. To turn, simply rotate the wheel in the direction that the car’s arrow is pointing.
The turns are sticky and players must learn how to handle drifting like a pro if they want to get anywhere in the game. Extra points are earned for drifting, “grinding” against an opponent’s car, and overtaking someone. Players earn $200 for third place, $300 for second, and $400 for first. Money is used to upgrade the car.
Increase the car’s top speed, improve acceleration, and develop better off-road driving with upgrades. Once your car has maxed out it’s abilities, save up a few races and buy a new, fancier car.
To play against a friend, you can either race them in real-time multiplayer mode using local Wi-Fi, or race alone and send your race to a friend as a text message or email. Local Wi-Fi allows up to five players to compete in the same race. Players can sabotage their opponents with things like oil slicks, mines and heat-seeking missiles.
To race a friend using the Internet ghost-race feature, players select a course and drive three laps as fast as possible and then send a link to a friend through email or text message. If your friend opens the link on a computer, he or she will be redirected to their iOS devices. Once on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, your friend will be given the option to install the game or go directly to an Internet link to view the race. I was never able to successfully see the link, so I am not sure what happens. If your opponent already has the game installed on his or her iOS device, they will be able to compete against you’re pre-made race.
There are 36 levels across two worlds. There are also seven additional secret tracks, but I have no idea how to unlock them. Presumably, you would have to successfully unlock all 36 levels in the two worlds. With all your winnings, you’ll be able to race to the top in no time.
What I liked: This is a classic top-down arcade style racing game. The multiplayer modes are also lots of fun.
What I didn’t like: There are basically only nine different tracks in the first world. They are billed as 18 levels, but half the time, you are just racing on the exact same track you raced two levels prior.
To buy or not to buy: Fans of top-down arcade racing games will enjoy this. It is challenging and entertaining.
- Name: Vs. Racing 2
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Maciek Drejak Labs
- Price: $0.99