I admit that I have a soft spot for driving games. My second love in life is that of cars and playing driving games helps me extend that love. Sometimes it’s driving cars I would otherwise never be able to afford and other times, it’s just for the pure joy of competing against other players. There’s just something about it that I find relaxing. That’s why when devs ask me to check out a driving game they have made, I usually try to check it out. For instance, the latest game I’m checking out is Drift’n’Drive by Kimmo Lahtinen, a casual, top down racing game.
Drift’n’Drive is a bit different from most racing games you might find in the top charts as it’s not one of those hyper realistic type games that tries to reel you in with expensive super cars. Instead, this game harkens back to simpler times and features generic open wheel race cars with a more cartoony look. In fact, the whole game is has that cartoon like feel like everything was drawn in Illustrator. It’s not a bad look at all and has a bit of a retro feel to it. I think that helps with the casual nature of the game.
In terms of gameplay, it’s a top down racing game. The only controls available to you is a left tap and a right tap which controls direction you want to turn. There is no forward or reverse. You automatically move forward. You basically race a group of cars and see what place you get at the end. Most likely you’ll be at the bottom of the charts, but that will change as your gain money and upgrade your race car. What’s neat about the game that there aren’t any tracks to pick. All the tracks are procedurally generated so thy are different each time. The only thing you choose is which race series you want to compete in.
It’s a simple game in theory, that ends up to be quite challenging. The AI is unforgiving and won’t give up any space to you and the controls are very touchy so you’ll have to figure out the right balance for perfect control. What’s neat though is that each time you finish in a higher slot, you’ll start off in the slot in the next race. If you drop down, you’ll also drop down at the starting point. Again, each race will earn you money that you can use for upgrades which will make placing in the top much easier.
Overall, Drift’n’Drive isn’t a bad game at all. It’s certainly different and though the game seems simple, it’s really not and will be quite a challenge for most. It’s one of those games that’s hard to put down when you start as each race is so short, you’ll want to squeeze out another round to get a better place or gain more money. In terms of racing, it’s a competitive game for sure and one that should satisfy anyone who has a competitive nature.
App Store Link: Drift’n’Drive
Developer: Kimmo Lahtinen
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Follow your destiny to become the ultimate racing driver!
Drift’n’Drive is a vertically scrolling top-down racing game with lots of challenge and replayability. Progress through the career mode racing challenges, get to the top of leaderboards in time attack mode or challenge your friends to a local split screen multiplayer tournament!
– Career Mode: Win races against tough AI opponents in increasingly difficult racing series, upgrade your car to the max and become the top racer on earth!
– Time Attack: Attack global top leaderboard times or win bragging rights against friends!
– Local multiplayer: Play against friends in split screen multiplayer tournament mode (2-4 players)!
– Silky smooth 60fps gameplay!
– Full Game Center support for leaderboards and achievements
– Original soundtrack by Tommy Baynen
[Source: App Store]