Razor Crazy Cart: U Drift Review

Razor Crazy Cart: U Drift Review

Apr 13, 2015

In real life, racing in carts on the streets is probably not the best idea. Tempting, but foolish.

Cool. That’s why we have games like Razor Crazy Cart: U Drift.

If one is familiar with infinite runners, this game will feel right as pie. Based on the real life riding toy it derives its name from, this incorporates the almost standard three lane system, and, as to be expected, the main element has to with the numerous obstacles one has to avoid so as to travel as far as possible. In this game, the traveler is decked out in a cart, and it does cool things like drifting when manipulated at the right time.

Further to the travel way, it starts out fairly straight, but curves do appear over time, and more raz2intricate bends appear as progress is made. Early on, the pacing is manageable, but again, as progress is made, the game goes faster. To avoid obstacles — stuff like cones and tire stacks — the player uses swipes to make the cart go left or right on the fly, as well as a special spin move that deflects small obstacles.

There are a bunch of things to collect as well. Most obvious are red coins. Then there are powerups like coin magnets and shields that can enhance a run. Of course, there is an opportunity cost to collecting these goodies, as they are generally placed in such a way that tests the players reflexes. As with just about everything else, this element ratchets up the longer one races, such that it becomes a challenging, arcade-like experience that requires twitch responses to do well in.

When it’s all said and done, the came is easy to understand and enjoy. It brings in a familiar real life object and ties into a fun game with universal elements and a simple upgrade and leaderboard system.

Can’t go wrong with that.

Razor Crazy Cart: Ultimate Drift Arrives on Google Play

Razor Crazy Cart: Ultimate Drift Arrives on Google Play

Apr 7, 2015

There’s a new cart racing game in town, and it’s called Razor Crazy Cart: Ultimate Drift.

Hey drifters! Jump in your seat to experience the Razor Crazy Cart (2014 Outdoor Toy of the Year) by playing this Rhythmic Infinite Drifter! You can:
* Drive forward or backward, spin and drift like a pro to avoid the obstacles that get more challenging over time
* Infinite, randomly generated tracks ensure you never play the same game twice
* In Crazy Cart mode, you speed up, spin around and drift your way through obstacles and multiply your coins faster.
* Sync your moves to the arrows and activate Crazy Cart mode faster.
* Use your 360-degree spin (swipe down) to knock lighter obstacles out of the way
* Pick up power-ups along the way to earn extra coins and get further easily.
* Compete with your friends by sharing your high scores on Facebook and access Global Leaderboards with Game Center.
* Buy extra power-ups in the shop (or earn them by playing) and use them as multipliers to get further in the game.
* Come back every day and win some awesome in-game prizes.
Stay tuned for updates for some great upcoming content and remember drifters, you are now entering a Make Believe Virtual World, enjoy your real Crazy Cart but Keep it off the Public Roads!

The game is free to try on Google Play.

Scarab Tales Review

Scarab Tales Review

Jul 15, 2013

Ancient Egyptians were an unusual lot. Their worship of Scarab beetles is but one of the examples of their quite symbolic, and peculiar culture. To clear things up of any romanticism whatsoever, Scarab beetles are basically poop bugs. They roll animal poop into balls and then, well, eat it. Egyptians found a sort of symbolism in this process, because they thought them to be familiar to Ra, reborn god of life and death, who transforms bodies and souls, creating new life out of old. Because Scarabs were such a prominent part of ancient Egyptian culture, now they are ones of the most popular beetles, not counting the McCartney sort. Scarab Tales, which is an okay puzzle game, gives these bugs the main part, and asks player to get them to their destination via weird manipulations with the level. Sadly, no rolling of poop-balls is involved.

Scarab_Tales_3It’s quite difficult to describe what goes on in Scarab Tales. The mission is simple and clear: there are several Scarab beetles that run through a tiled level, according to specific rules, and each one has to get to one of the tiles, engraved with a Scarab symbol. There are two types of beetles, red and green ones. They both move with the same speed, and when they don’t have anywhere to run, turn backwards, or to any available path. They only differ by one simple, but significant detail. When red ones hit a wall and can turn left or right, they always turn left. Green ones always turn right. That’s it.

The only way to control a beetle is to tap on it so it starts running, or tap on it while it goes, to stop it. There are also certain tiles that can be controlled, for example – tiles that can be raised to block any movement across them, or tiles that make Scarabs turn, and can be rotated, or balls of sand that Scarabs need to place on their positions, before proceeding. Although the rules are extremely simple in Scarab Tales, they are very unusual, and require a lot of pondering about, before making a move. If the level is completed in a certain number of moves, three stars can be awarded, but there is almost no limit on the number of moves it takes to finish it. And if Scarab Tales proves to be too interesting, there’s an actual level editor that allows creation of the new maps, relatively easy. I wonder how many players are going to actually use it, but the fact that it’s there is pleasant enough.

Scarab Tales isn’t anything fancy. It features a somewhat raw graphic style, very basic gameplay, and no real exploration. It’s generally quite cheap, so while it provides enough challenges, and forces the player to stretch his gray matter a bit, there’s simply nothing else to seek, apart from the challenge itself. It’s just a quirky puzzle game, but I think Scarab Tales is quirky enough to be interesting to puzzle geeks.