Rush Rally Review

Rush Rally Review

Jul 31, 2014

Rush Rally harkens back to the warm, hazy past of video games where top down racers sat in smoky arcades waiting to eat quarters.

Rush Rally is a cool topdown rally racer. It’s the player against the clock in their steel gray steed of speed. Using a very simple control scheme with just buttons for turning left and right and a brake and accelerator the player throws their little car around various courses. The player races both at night and during the day and on sand, snow gravel and good old tarmac so there is always something new. There are plenty of barricades and trees to run into, but if the player goes too far off track or seems to get stuck, the game will helpfully replace the car back on the track, ready to roar off.

Screenshot_2014-07-26-23-10-27Rush Rally lacks other opponents. Like most rally games, it’s all about beating the clock. At the end of a course the player is issued penalties for slamming into objects and leaving the track and if their adjusted time is under the target time they win and proceed to the next stage. The time limit is very friendly, so the game never feels unfair.

Rush Rally nails the mobile game format. Racing is simple and addictive as anything and the races are just long enough to be enjoyable and engaging, but short enough to squeeze one in no matter where you are. This kind of bite sized but super fun gameplay is just perfect. Rush Rally can be played for an hour or just a few minutes.

Screenshot_2014-07-26-20-07-33Rush Rally looks just great. Smooth, clean environments mesh well with the pleasing detail of the player’s car and the way dusty surfaces kick up behind the car is nice too. The game has a warm look reminiscent of games gone by, but still modern enough to hold up against other racers.

Rush Rally is virtually devoid of annoying in-app purchases. The only shred of freemium in the game is a fuel system. Each race costs a fuel point of which there are 5 and they take about 6 minutes each to recharge. A one off payment of about $4.50 completely removes the fuel system. There are no other microtransactions of any kind in Rush Rally and it is well worth the price as it is lot of fun.

Rush Rally is fun stuff and a raft of updates promised by the developer includes new cars and improvements to gameplay so it can only get better!

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.