Death Race: The Game Review [iOS]

deathrace_iconIf you’ve never watched the movie Death Race, you may not know what this game will be about. As a brief summery, you play as inmate Jensen Ames who is forced to participate in a series of ‘death races’ in order to win your freedom. You do so via your customized death machines and by any means necessary. Death Race: The Game is your portal into this dangerous sport as you race and fight your way to victory and hopefully not death.

This game doesn’t play like a traditional racing game. You won’t really be controlling the movements or direction of your vehicle at all. That is mostly done automatically. Instead, much of the race consists of some timed button pressing, movement of your device to aim your weapons, and also movement of your device to initiate drifts at certain instances. That’s not to say that the game isn’t action packed, because it is. It just means that those looking for a traditional racing game might be a bit disappointed with this.

As you play though the game, you’ll earn money and have the chance to upgrade your vehicle, weapons, and even your navigator.

The graphics in the game are gritty, dirty, and actually quite good and they really match the overall tone of the movie it’s based on. Vehicle models look like they are ready for true combat and some will look familiar if you’ve watched the movie. There’s even a rockin’ soundtrack that will keep things moving along at a brisk pace.

Those who like and enjoyed Death Race the movie will probably like Death Race: The Game. For the most part, it’s a fairly accurate depiction of the gruesome style of racing you find in the movie. Casual gamers may like the over simplified controls as they do work well for mobile.

Suitable for kids? Depends on their age. The movie itself wasn’t suitable for kids at all and while the language and sex are toned down in the game, there is still violence, though aimed more towards just vehicular carnage. 

iTunes Link: Death Race: The Game!
Version: 1.3.1
Developer: Genera Mobile
Price: $2.99
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

Description

Welcome to the Death Race, the most extreme sports event on Earth, where hardened convicts race to the death to earn their freedom. Now you can experience the supercharged, metal-crushing intensity of the movie in a game for your iOS device!

You choose the weapons and the vehicles as you put your life on the line and race for your freedom in this explosive game. In a race where losing means death, are you ready to do whatever it takes to defeat your opponents, before they defeat you? With fast cars, big guns and realistic graphics, Death Race will have you on the edge of your seat!

FEATURES:

– 12 tricked out vehicles (sport, trucks, SUVs, and muscle!)
– 4 super sexy co-pilots!
– Striking graphics and incredible courses.
– Varied game modes: Story, Daily, Ladder, and Challenge.
– Share your souped up car on Facebook!
– Amazing jumps, drifts, battles and explosions!
– Spectacular non-stop action – just like the movie!

Compatible with all iOS devices, except iPhone 4, iPodTouch 4th, and iPad1

[via iTunes]

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