Drift Mania Championship 2 is the followup to the highly successful first game from developer Ratrod Studios. As you can tell by the title or if you are a fan of the first game, then you know that this is a racing game based on the drifting, a fairly new motor sports category that has risen in popularity over the last several years. Unlike traditional races, you’ll be mainly competing against a score board and not against actual racers in an attempt to post the highest score. In DMC2, you’ll pilot one of thirteen different high speed machines over 13 different race courses. The game features the ability to fully customize your rides with upgraded performance parts as well as the ability to fully tune your car to your liking.
One of the main features that people look for in a driving game is whether or not there are real cars in the game. Sadly, there aren’t in Drift Mania Championship 2. Even though in many of the in-game menus and screen, you’ll see photos of Nissan’s popular 240SX, Silvia S13′s, and GT-Rs, you won’t find any of them available to use in the game. Instead, you’ll find likenesses of them with such names as the Mizuchi SR-Z (GT-R), Intenza GS (Impreza), and the Tomahawk 600GT (Mustang) just to name a few. Yes, not having the real cars there doesn’t affect the stellar gameplay, but it makes it easier to get into the game if we were able to choose our favorite real life cars.
Controls in the game are “easy” to learn, however controlling your car is a whole other issue. You really need to get in some serious practice in order to be good at this game. Drift Mania Championship uses both motion and tapping of the screen to control your vehicle. The right side of the screen lets you control acceleration and speed while the bottom left corner has your e-brake used to initiate a drift. Turn by tilting your device left or right to control your drift angle. The controls are simple enough, but controlling your vehicle is difficult. You have to really be aware of how much your tilt your device and how fast you are going into a turn in order to pull the proper drift and that takes a ton of practice. It’s frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be drifting like a pro. It just takes practice.
Drift Mania Championship 2 is also highly customizable. There are tons of custom parts and upgrades available as your progress through the game. You also unlock more cars as you play along with more tracks to race on. The only problem with the unlocking system however is that the some of the new tracks require completion of achievement to open. This can be a problem for those who might not be very good at the game, but still want to enjoy it. If you can’t unlock achievements, you can’t unlock the new tracks.
Other than that issue, I really love this game. Even though the game doesn’t use real cars, they are still pretty cool looking. Modding them takes the game to another level, though its not really necessary for you to do this to enjoy the game. I also like the fact that the game now supports the larger iPhone 5 screen which means more area of the track can be seen without your thumbs blocking the way. Again, learning how to drift can be frustrating at first, but once you do learn how to do it, the game is quite fun to play.
Drift Mania Championship 2 is available now in the App Store for $1.99. It is a universal app and is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
With over 10 million players worldwide, the #1 Drift game on the App Store is finally back! Drift Mania Championship 2 delivers the ultimate drift experience with its highly addictive gameplay and next generation graphics.
Start a drift career, compete in a drift battle tournament or play against a friend using the new online multiplayer mode. Upgrade and fully customize your ride with performance upgrades and visual mods. Complete over 60 achievements in career mode. Challenge drivers from all over the world using the Game Center leaderboards.
HIGH DEFINITION GRAPHICS
Drift Mania Championship 2 includes next generation 3D graphics specially optimized for your mobile hardware to provide you with the best drifting experience on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
UPGRADE YOUR RIDE
Upgrade your ride by installing aftermarket performance products from licensed brands including Royal Purple, K&N, Magnaflow, Centerforce, Whiteline and Mishimoto.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR CAR
Fully customize your vehicle appearance with body kits, custom wheels, windows tints and spoilers. Make it your one of a kind drift beast!
Adjust different aspects of your car including the suspension, steering sensitivity, gear ratio and weight distribution to suit your own driving style.
BECOME A DMC CHAMPION
Complete the career mode which includes over 13 drift circuits, 60 achievements and 48 performance upgrades to unlock. Gain cash to upgrade your favorite ride with visual and performance mods.
Start a drift tournament, compete in tandem against an opponent while making your way to the finals!
ONLINE & LOCAL MULTIPLAYER MODE
Challenge your friends to a drift battle! Share and brag your results with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
See your ranking against other players worldwide using the DMC online leaderboards and Game Center. Submit your high scores and expose your accomplishments to the world.
LOADED WITH FEATURES
•Supports all retina display devices
•Fully customizable controls including element repositioning and sensitivity adjustments
•Accelerometer (gyroscope) and virtual wheel steering mode
•Variable throttle bar system or pedal accelerator controls
•13 high-performance vehicles with unique specs
•13 drift circuits to master from different locations
•48 performance upgrades per vehicle
•Hundreds of visual mods including body kits, spoilers, window tints, wheels and custom paint job
•Tuning mode to adjust all aspects of your vehicle
•3 level of difficulties
•5 race camera configurations
•Full race replays
•Soundtrack from A’n'R Music Limited including songs from Templeton Pek and KNGDMS
•Ability to listen to your own songs from your own music library
•Exclusive content including drift event photos
Drifting is the act of maneuvering a vehicle through corners at speeds and angles that exceed the vehicle’s grip. A drift is when a driver performs a controlled slide through corners while adhering to the racing line. Drifting involves fast cars, super skilled drivers and hardcore fans.
It’s a combination of driving skill, style and showmanship. It’s all about loss of the rear wheel traction while keeping the race car in total control. Drifting is so popular because it brings all the best aspects of motor sports into one package. Highly skilled drivers control a high powered street car past its limit, sideways at high speed, burning rubber. It can’t get any better!
•Available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese
•Compatible for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen), and iPad, iPad 2 and the New iPad.
•Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
[via App Store]