Mad Wheels HD review (iPad)August 7, 2011
♫ “If you see me coming get out of my way
You know a Trans Am didn’t, I blew it away”
10 word description: Arcade racer; quick-race, championship, multiplayer. Power-ups and weapons.
10 word review: Fun, action packed racer. Loads of explosions. Challenging boss races.
You will like this if you enjoy: Death Rally, Scrap Metal, Reckless Racing, racing games that include weapons.
The good news: Instantly accessible, entertaining, decent graphics, controls work well, multiple modes are always nice to have, different vehicles and weapons add variety.
The bad news: It falls slightly short of the polish of Death Rally, although I personally found the tracks in this game to be generally less frustrating than some of Death Rally’s more convoluted efforts. It’s also more cartoony than DR; compare the virtually identical content of the icons for an example of what I mean.
Arcadelife verdict: If you’re hoping for a definitive answer to the question, “Do I need this game if I already have Death Rally?” I’m afraid I am not going to make it that easy for you. They’re different enough to make buying both a viable option, particularly if you’re a huge arcade racer fan, but they’re also very similar games, albeit with varying styles and levels of polish. I like both of them and I also have several other similar games installed, such as both the Reckless games and a bunch of others.
Bottom line: there’s nothing so bad about Mad Wheels that you should avoid it just because it’s similar to Death Rally. Does that help? I hope so…
Arcadelife rating: 83/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
Chillingo / Mad Wheels website link