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RALLY-X RUMBLE review (iOS / Universal)

September 7, 2011

“Here you go, way too fast
Don’t slow down, you’re gonna crash”

10 word description: Retro racer reboot. Many modes; single-player & online multiplayer; Game Center.

Graphically, it's very different from the original Rally-X game

10 word review: Impressively entertaining update of gaming prehistory. Graphics are almost Minter-esque.

Assassin mode selects a random opponent for you to crash into while avoiding everyone else

You will like this if you enjoy: Modern updates of classic retro games. Racing games that look a bit like Pac-Man on acid.

The mode select screen ... because I know you really wanted to see it

The good news: Once again, this is how retro games should be updated – leave the basic gameplay intact and add a bunch of stuff to enhance it. There are loads of modes and more have been added via recent updates. The graphics are nicely trippy, venturing very close to the look of Jeff Minter’s recent iOS games, but not quite as psychedelically screen-melting. Although it’s being pushed as a multiplayer game they have retained the original Rally-X’s brutally efficient AI controlled cars, which is highly commendable.

The bad news: The controls could be better, but then the controls on iOS games could always be better. Once you pick the control method that suits you, and spend time mastering it, you won’t have (m)any problems. For newcomers, the learning curve  will probably be a savage yet beautiful series of crushing defeats before much progress is made.

Much has been retained from the original Rally-X, including this

Arcadelife verdict: As with Pac’N-Jump and Galaga 30th Collection, someone at Namco Bandai is getting it right again. Purists will complain that there is no “original” mode and, for a while, I was tempted to join that predictable nostalgia campaign. However, it doesn’t take long to forget all about original Rally-X because Rumble has all the old gameplay plus a ton of new modes and a bold graphical overhaul.

Arcadelife rating: 81/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.2.0
iTunes link

Namco Bandai website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.5)
iPad (OS 4.3.5)
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