Colin McRae Rally Review

Colin McRae Rally Review

Mar 27, 2014

Colin McRae Rally is a heavily modified port of the original PSone classic known to any racing fan.

Colin McRae Rally brings all the dirty, sliding racing action you’d expect to Android. The excellent car physics model is in place and some solid controls make navigating the game’s tracks easy. Both single player championships and multiplayer are available.

Colin McRae Rally has four championships and all but the very first one will offer a stiff challenge. Only one car, the iconic Ford Focus is available at the beginning and new cars are only unlocked by winning championships. One car feels very limited at the outset.

Screenshot_2014-03-23-13-29-20Embarrassingly, this port of Colin McRae Rally 2.0 is missing content that the original game had. It has only four cars, which is not even a third of what the original game had. While this is bad enough the real kicker is the fact that anything relating to tinkering with cars is gone. The player cannot adjust gear ratios, suspension stiffness or indeed anything to do with their car at all.

A lot of tracks are missing too and the game only features three environments, a tiny bite of what was in the original game.

Another problem with Colin McCrae Rally is that it is rather outdated. With games like GT Racing 2 and even the 2010 Real Racing 2 on the platform it looks positively anemic by comparison. It’s tiny amount of cars and PS1-era graphics aren’t impressive at all nowadays. Playing Colin McCrae Rally is like going back in time and not in a good way.

Screenshot_2014-03-07-21-06-14As said above Colin McRae Rally’s graphics and sound are poor. While they are slightly dolled up from the original game they are not impressive at all for an Android game. The sound is limited to generic music, basic engines and the emotionless voice of the co-driver.

Another problem with the game is the low frame rate. Often the game will hiccup or lag, which is a great way to slam into a tree if it happens at the wrong time. A recent update has done nothing obvious to fix this problem. Hopefully later updates will rectify this issue.

Colin McRae Rally is not a great game and it’s a very stripped down port. The bumper crop of excellent Android racing games mean there is no reason to purchase Colin McRae Rally.


Colin McRae Rally Launches on Android from Thumbstar Games

Colin McRae Rally Launches on Android from Thumbstar Games

Mar 4, 2014

Colin McRae Rally, the series named after the late rally driver, has a new entry available on Android, published by Thumbstar Games. Race across 30 rally stages from all across the world with realistic physics that the series is known for. Do so in the Ford Focus, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, Lancia Stratos and Subaru Impreza, all with co-piloting from Nicky Grist, McRae’s co-driver. The game is available now on Google Play.