Traffic Racer is a milestone in the genre of endless arcade racing. Drive your car through highway traffic, earn cash, upgrade your car and buy new ones. Try to be one of the fastest drivers in the global leaderboards. Endless racing is now redefined!
Release Date: 25/09/2012
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows
Take Your Road Rage to the Next Level in Traffic Racer
We like that the controls actually make use of the device's accelerometer. You control your car by tilting your device to the right or the left. On the other hand, in order to step on it or use the brake, you will need to touch the pedals at the bottom of the device. The setup works well, but it is definitely not for those who are still developing their coordination skills or are looking for some maneuvering assistance a la GT Racing 2. Even without any upgrades on the default pickup truck, we had no problems weaving through traffic. However, if you find the sensitivity lacking, then at least there are various upgrade options to combine and experiment with.
You begin your quest for the ultimate road rage using a basic pickup truck. There are a few tires and body color options for you to choose from in the garage. If you're not so into the look of your vehicle then you have the option of buying a new model immediately through an in-app purchase or, if you're willing to wait, you could just save some in-game cash and buy a new model later on.
In order to maximize the points you earn, you can't just overtake cars like a confused turtle, You gain points only by maintaining a speed above 100kph and earn a hefty bonus if you drive against the flow of traffic in Two-way Mode or manage to perform tight overtakes.
A "level" ends either when you crash against something or quit the game. After that, you will be given a wad of in-game cash depending on the points you earn. This can then be used to customize your lean, mean, delinquent driving machine or improve its performance. Just like everything else in the game, tweaking your car is simple and straightforward. Basically, there are no complicated menus or hoops you'll have to jump through. From boosting your car's Speed, Handling or Braking, everything is accessible through the garage. You can even give it a new coat of paint, change its tires or purchase a new model entirely. Every new car you buy is added to your virtual garage and you need only to scroll through prior to each level.
Plenty to Try
There are 5 game modes for you to play. Endless Mode will require you to last as long as you can without colliding with any of the other cars in the road; Two-Way works much like Endless Mode, except you've got two opposite lanes to weave through; you'll need to rack up as many points as you can within 100 seconds in Time Trial Mode; Free Drive Mode gives you free reign to bump into other cars whenever you wish; and the newest addition, Police Mode, will let you live out your dreams of becoming a cop and chasing after some speedy baddies.
Now, what's good about Traffic Racer isn't its superb graphics or wide range of licensed cars. It's the fact that it gets periodic updates which adds new features. For instance, one update added two cars on top of the usual performance improvements and bug fixes. Another added the thrilling Police Mode as well as a speedy new four-wheeled contender. This is probably one of the best reasons to play and replay the game as it keeps things fresh.
With periodic updates, a stellar control system and various game modes, Traffic Racer proves that sometimes, keeping things simple works. That being said, the level of enjoyment you'll be getting from this endless arcade racer depends on what you're after. It's either going to be an annoying game that forces you to grind to unlock better vehicles or it'll be truly satisfying to play, what with the updates that tease endless replay ability and a user-friendly system that works pretty well. Keep in mind that on top of encouraging you to add to your car collection, you’ll have ads to deal with unless you remove them with real cash.
Traffic Racer is developed by Soner Kara.