All New 'Race Your Friends Mode'. Race your dream car in the ultimate test: a drag race along deserted city streets. CSR Racing combines stunning, high-fidelity graphics with addictive gameplay and stunning multiplayer head-to-head competition to create a new type of racing experience.
Release Date: 28/06/2012
Available on: iOS, Android
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CSR Racing – A straight-up racing game that is far from being a drag
Poppa’s Got a Brand New Drag
I always thought that depictions of drag races in movies were wildly inaccurate. I mean, surely there aren’t multiple drag racing gangs that control different parts of the city that they call their “turf”, racing within its boundaries and getting a tad uppity when another racing gang dares to burn rubber in their self-proclaimed jurisdiction, are there? Well, if CSR Racing is to be believed, then this is exactly how the situation is, at least in the city that the game is set in, anyhow. This slickly designed game that focuses purely on the art (though some may call it a science) of drag racing is set in a sort of urban racing utopia (or dystopia, depending on which way you look at it) where there are five racing gangs, which are essentially five tiers of opponent to go up against. Upgrading, fine tuning, and in-app purchasing are all things you should expect from this game, not to mention one of the slickest and highly-polished aesthetics I have seen in quite a while. Have you got your seatbelt on? Good, since it’s safety first, even if you are illegally racing at hundreds of miles per hour down an urban clearway.
So, you’ve decided to leave the standard racing and getaway games such as Lose the Heat 3 aside for a while and focus on mobile-based drag racing, have you? This is a good decision because CSR Racing is a great choice of game to grace your iOS or Android device. The gameplay isn’t a standard-first person affair, nor is it a usual, over-the-trunk third-person view experience; it falls into an odd category whereby you view the race from a spectator’s standpoint, side-on from the car, though you have the accelerator pedal, rev counter, and quick-change gear paddles in front of you in a heads-up display fashion. Everything can be controlled from this viewpoint, as can the upgrades between levels and choosing the races you wish to enter in to via the on-screen map.
The races themselves, no matter who your opponent is, are split into three main sections. The first is the start of the race where you must ensure your car has the best start possible. This is achieved by revving the engine by tapping on the accelerator; getting the light to flash green when the start-of-race countdown reaches zero means you have a perfect start with as little wheel spin as possible. The second part of the race involves building up speed by changing gear when the display tells you to, resulting in proper acceleration and often meaning the difference between success and failure in each race. The third part is using your turbo/nitro, though this is self-explanatory and can only be achieved when you have purchased/tuned up your car to use the nitro booster.
Cars to Upgrade, People to Race
This isn’t a simple and repetitive racing experience but rather a game where you can purchase a wide variety of powerful vehicle, tune them up with a mechanic, and purchase upgrades to make your ride the best one out there. Unfortunately, to make lots of purchases in a row, to pay for a mechanic, and even to full up your car with fuel will cost you in-game currency, which is mainly the dollar which can be earned in each race (though very slowly); the other currency – the golden hubcaps – are also used, though these are won very rarely and are more likely to be purchased with real-life cash.
Money to Spend
That’s right, your progress CSR Racing relies heavily on IAP (in-app purchases) for you to be able to afford various upgrades and better cars. Gamers always have a sort of love/hate thing going on with in-app purchases as even though we are grateful about the game being free to play, the fact that you will likely end up spending a huge amount of cash on purchases that is far more than we would ever pay for the game if developer Boss Alien charged for it initially is a little dejecting.
Still, I’m tempted to still say that this is one of the greatest racing games I have played for mobile devices in general since the whole thing is so damned slick I feel like it’s going to fall out of my hand at any moment. The races are extremely quick, lasting 30 seconds a piece on average, setting a blistering pace and procedure of race-upgrade-win-race, and when you run out of gas you either purchase more or stop for a while and come back to get some more at a later time. IAPs or not, CSR Racing is a brilliant game for those that enjoy drag racing, The Fast And Furious-style racing, or even people that like a few quick races every now and then.
Our Game Rating: 83/100
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CSR Racing is developed by NaturalMotionGames Ltd.