Speedway GP 2011 review (iOS / Universal)September 6, 2011
♫ “Take a ton of bolt and steel
A whole lotta sweat, a set of wheels
On the Speedway”
10 word description: Official Speedway GP 2011 game. 11 stadiums, 3D visuals. Game Center.
10 word review: Good looking; unforgiving; fun if you enjoy riding in ovals.
You will like this if you enjoy: Motorbike racing games. Speedway and its rather uninspiring oval tracks.
The good news: Graphics are good; framerate is fairly smooth and consistent; quick-race and campaign modes, controls work (once you get used to them); replays are nicely done.
The bad news: All you’re really doing is turning left. The game, much like actual speedway racing, is all about consistently getting your cornering / sliding as close to perfect as possible and hoping the other racers don’t. Hitting a barrier, leaving the track or moving before the start tape goes up will all cause you to be excluded from the race, which can be rather annoying in career mode. The controls work well but cornering by swiping is not 100% intuitive and initially you may find yourself constantly hitting barriers before you figure out how you’re supposed to be controlling the bike. Your rider can’t be renamed.
Arcadelife verdict: If ever a game needed an “arcade / sim” toggle, this one does. The graphics, speed and controls make it look and feel like an arcade racer – the simplicity of the oval circuit is definite “5 minute blast” gaming territory – but the super-strict enforcement of racing regulations often turns the experience into a series of frustratingly truncated races. If you get the cornering right most of the time, the game can feel relatively easy.
Overall, if you think you can cope with being punished for minor racing transgressions and you like the idea of a racing game where the only real objective is doing the same left turn really well … over and over again, I recommend trying the lite version first just in case you’re slightly less of a Speedway fan than you think you are.
Arcadelife rating: 75/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.1
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