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Moto RKD Dash: A Classic 80s Motorcycle Racing for the Next Generation in iOS and Android



Moto RKD Dash: A Classic 80s Motorcycle Racing for the Next Generation in iOS and Android

I couldn't ride a bike, let alone racing in a motorbike. However, I've always enjoyed myself playing with motorcycle racing arcade machine during my childhood. While imagining myself as a real rider, I often made the voice like "VROOM VROOM" (who's with me?). Nevertheless, it was a good time and SEGA ManX TT was one of my favorite motorcycle arcade machine game at that time.

However, long before I was even born into this world, long before the developers were even used digital screen for the UI, there were racing arcade games that only use magnets, papers, relying on mechanics and natures. SEGA was one of the publishers of this kind of game and they called it Moto Champ. An arcade game that was first published back in 1973.

 

Fast forwarding a little bit. In 1983, the closest thing that perhaps was the ancestor of Gran Turismo or Forza is launched, it's called Tomy Racing Turbo Dashboard. Tomy's driving simulator set the standard for racing games on the home gaming circuit by creating a machine equipped with four-speed gearshifts, speedometer, key ignition, and digital viewing screen.

 

Now let's get out from our time machine and facing the real life. Kalin Krastev, the man behind a company called RKD Zone, trying to bring back the future into our past. Combining 3D technology with classic electromechanical toys like Moto Champ and Tomy Racing Turbo, was the idea behind Moto RKD Dash.

Need for Speed: No Limits Game Review for iOS and Android (with Tips and Tricks)



Need for Speed: No Limits Game Review for iOS and Android (with Tips and Tricks)

If you're talking about racing games, Need for Speed isn't a game that you should miss out. It isn't appropriate to left out world's most successful racing series as well as one of the top ten most successful video game series from your list. Perhaps, if you want to talk about racing game but you haven't played any Need for Speed game before, you might want to go back to your console and start to play one.

The NFS series was released its first title back in 1994. All the series consist of racing cars, with some titles also involving police pursuits in race. Since 1999, from NFS: Hot Stakes, NFS series has integrated car body customization into gameplay. All those super pretty body kit with delicate huge rims and spoilers, all of it has started since 1999.

On the other hand, when we're talking about racing games specifically in mobile, Real Racing series has become one of the most critically acclaimed. With the first series coming out at 2009 and win a straight award. Not just with the first series, even their next series, Real Racing 2 and 3 also has won several awards, mostly because of their racing genre and their beautiful graphics. 

Just like how NFS goes really well in console platform, Real Racing has become one of the best racing game series in mobile platform. So when the developers behind these two amazing games joint hand to create a racing game together, Need for Speed: No Limits is born and it just like what you can expect from the men behind NFS and Real Racing series.

Drift'n'Drive: Don't Let Them Crash Into You - iOS Games Review & Tips



Could you imagine racing with 32 cars at the same time in the same track. The worst thing, there are no rules! You can do anything to beat your opponent's cars. Hit them out of road, push them into trees, whatever you do, it's all legal!

This is the condition that you'll be facing when playing Kimmo Lahtinen called Drift'n'Drive. In Drift'n'Drive you play as 'name by yourself' driver. He/she wants to be the best driver in the world. So he/she takes the car and competes in every racing series until becoming the ultimate driver.

During the game you will be facing all regular obstacles that racer would have. Racing cone, tires, dirt, all this stuffs will slow your car down. But crash into tree and road block will stop your car directly and give your car some damage. At first, a smoke will come out from your car. If you crash your car too often, one front tire will be gone and your car will lose its balance. Crash it again and your car will be wrecked.

Racing in Drift'n'Drive is not that easy, you'll get two buttons to steer left and right. But if you press the steer too hard, your car will be turned out of control, you have to steer and press it very gently to make the car in control.

Also at the end of the race, every stunt, top speed, overtaking, and crash will give you some stars. These stars will be counted later after the race to count how many coins you will get from the race.

There are also challenges that you can do during the race to get more coins. But must I remind you that challenge is not a challenge if it’s not hard. One of the challenge that's hard enough to do is to do a 360 degree spin and still win the race. You have to do some silly task while have to accomplish some position after the race ended.

Coins that you gather will be used to upgrade the cars, either for its performance or of course for its color. It has 4 stats for the car, top speed, acceleration, handling, and boost. Some extra ability is available to add extra boost like ability Better Traction to control the car even if you're off the road.

In every end of the race, our next race position in that series will be decided based on our performance on our current race. So for example, if you finish in the third place, you will have some nice positions on the next race. Otherwise, you’d have to compete with other drivers.

There are also Time Attack mode available to be used for bragging your record to your friends. Availavle also, local Multiplayer where you can play together with up to 4 players in a device.





Things I Like

If you’re type of racer that doesn't like a chaotic race, maybe you should stop here. But otherwise, this chaotic race is what Drift’n’Drive sells and what I love the most from the game. At first it’s only a series between 8 cars, but it will get 'worse' as in the late race there will be 32 cars competing together.

And don’t worry about spending too much time in one race. The race will only take one lap and even in the later level, one race won’t cost you more than a minute. The only thing that cause you more minutes is because the curiosity and human nature that hate losing. Don’t tell me I haven’t warn you about that.

The background music sounds great. It gives kind of retro arcade feeling that suits well with the graphics of the game. The upbeat theme also pumps the adrenaline to drive your car faster. And I have to admit, I shouted a few times because the other car keep crashing towards mine.

I also love the replay ability of the game. In each race, the game will generate a map for you to race. The map isn't unique, but it will only be available on that particular series. Every map has their own designed in each series.

Other important things in this game that it's in-app free. You just need to purchase the game once, and that's it. You can enjoy the game for the rest of your life without having to spend any more penny on it.

Tips and Tricks

The other tips for playing this game, beside press gentle on the steer button, is to boost in the right time. Most of the time if your starting position is not so good, you’ll be battling other drivers. Chaos will be inevitable and you’ll be hit by other drivers. So in order to avoid this, try to hit boost as earlier as possible. This will give you enough advantage to escape from the crowd and take a good position.

Sometimes you also need to use the grass road. Don’t forget to get slower. As long as you take shorter path (and not too long on that grass path), you'll be more advantageous than your opponent.

Upgrade is not always necessary. You can just skip the upgrade and aim for higher engine. You’ll be able to save more coins with this method. Also avoid any upgrade that decrease other stats. Aim for upgrades that will improve your car as a whole.

One thing that sure is to purchase all the special items. Special items won't improve your car speed or handle, but it will improve the whole racing performance. For example, it will improve your control when off the road, improve your armor, and such thing.





Conclusion

I have fun playing this game. If you love playing a racing game while beatin' other cars around, this game is highly recommended. If you love avoiding car crash, this game will challenge your skills as a mad drivers. Lastly, as simple as this game could be, Drift’n’Drive has been an amazing game.

Drift’n'Drive 4.5 Modern Jamming Nov 07, 2014

Adrenaline Rush Miami Drive - Mobile Racing Simplified iOS Games Review & Tips



Just few weeks after the launching of disappointment Asphalt Overdrive, another simplified racing games come into the industry. This time, it’s coming from publisher BulkyPix that has been known for publishing many five stars games including Bardbarian, Zombie Commando, Another World, and Adrenaline Rush Miami Drive.

Adrenaline Rush comes as simplified racing game where you don’t need to think about how to manage your gas pedal, etc but you just have to manage your direction. Playing as the driver in 70s (or 80s I think), you will be classic cars to drive throughout the city.

The road is divided into two sides, one side is where the cars are driving in the same direction as yours, the other side is where the cars are coming from other direction. Your objective is to avoid hitting any cars from either front face or the back of the car. On the other hand, you are allowed to hit other cars by driving them side by side and crash your car into them. This is called takedown in the game.

While driving and hitting some cars, there will also be some missions for you to attempt. Each mission will come in three tasks, and every time you've finished all three of them, you’ll get some coins and ranked up your level. Once you hit certain rank, you would be able to unlock a new car and purchase it using coins that you get from both racing and finishing missions.



 We will be racing using classic muscle cars with some upbeat BGM

We will be racing using classic muscle cars with some upbeat BGM

Things I Like

Like many other gamers out there, it always felt good to play a game without any internet connection requirement. Adrenaline Rush Miami Drive, despite the freemium game mechanics also doesn’t need any internet connection requirement. So you can play without any fear that your battery will be sucked up.

The other thing that makes this game interesting is that you don’t need any energy, stamina, fuel, whatever the other game has. You can just play the game until you think you have to stop playing and do some work.



 Missions were given to increase the variety of the game

Missions were given to increase the variety of the game

Tips and Tricks

Some tips that I found useful while playing:

  1. Prioritise on making the Coin Rush. Coin Rush is like an energy meter that can be filled with either doing a Takedown, a Golden Takedown, or doing a Near Miss. The easiest way is with doing a Takedown, but it won’t give that much. Golden Takedown is the best contributor of the coin rush. But doing this isn't easy at all since you have to drive in the opposite line, but once you master the timing, this wouldn't be that hard.
  2. Hit the car when side by side. If you feel that hitting car is always making you failed, try to delay your timing before hitting it. That’s because when you want to hit the car, you have to be side by side with the car, not behind them or in front of them.
  3. Finish missions. Doing missions is what the games actually all about. We can unlock a new car after we reach certain level. It also means that we have to finish sets of missions before we can unlock a new car.
  4. Upgrade Coins and Score Bonus. Both of this upgrade will increase your bonus coins and score. So you’ll be more efficient while playing the game.


 Do some golden takedown or near miss to get coin rush

Do some golden takedown or near miss to get coin rush

Conclusion

Adrenaline Rush can be counted as a casual racing game where the control is not difficult to master and you can play it anytime you want and as long as possible. While some hardcore racing gamers won’t find this game as their favourite, it can be a new one for some casual gamers.

Adrenaline Rush 4 Modern Jamming Oct 22, 2014

Motorsport Manager - Decide and Create Your Own Ultimate Racing Team iOS Game Review & Tips



Another simulation game coming into my pocket. After tons of fun playing life simulation game called Castaway Paradise, I decided to buy another simulation game. This time I decided to go with Christian West racing simulation game, Motorsport Manager.

In Motorsport Manager, you play as what it's entitled for, a racing team manager. You decide on almost everything for a racing team would do in order to win the championship. Yes, you're making decision from the headquarter stuffs, the car technology, the drivers, until the qualifying strategy, and of course the strategy during the race.



 We will be deciding on the strategy of each drivers, whether of time for pit-stop or driving styles

We will be deciding on the strategy of each drivers, whether of time for pit-stop or driving styles

Things I Like

At first, I don’t really psyche about the game since the screenshot of the game doesn’t really show anything. But after I played for a while, I found that this game involved so many decision to take.

As a racing team owner, we are needed to take so many decisions. One of them is the dilemmatic decision that always rise up in the surface. Which part of the car need to be upgraded, is it the aerodynamics? or is it the design? You need to be decisive on that based on your monthly income and your budget.

Or maybe when one of your staffs/drivers is going to out of their contract. Would you extend the contract? Or you choose to ignore it and find a new one? This kind of decision as a matter of fact, is only the most basic decision that you have to make in the game.

There are some more decisions that you have to made, at the qualifying and at the race itself. In the qualifying race, you have to make decision on four things, Gear Ratio, Aerodynamics, Tyre, and total laps you want your racer to go with. All this decision will be needed to search for the best lap position as well as your strategy on the real race.

The race itself is also in another level of decision making. During the race you’ll have to decide on the strategy of each drivers (you have two). This will involve driver’s Driving Style and Pitstop strategy. It will be all in your hand, do you want your driver to drive normally? or you need them to push it forward? or maybe a bit more conservative to save up the tyre? It’s all in your hands.

At last, what I love the most in the game beside the decision making, is the interaction. The game really puts interaction in a fun way. It has a social feed where fan, sponsors, teams, and medias can put all their thought on it. During the race, the drivers will also give their thoughts if the tyre needed to be changed, or they need to be pushed in order to gain more lap time. This kind of interaction makes the game more lively.



 Social feed are made somewhat hilarious yet giving a real-time feedback on how your team perform

Social feed are made somewhat hilarious yet giving a real-time feedback on how your team perform

Tips & Tricks

There are some tips that I think can help you winning the Championship with ease.

  1. Pay attention to TIPS before Qualifying. Before the qualifier, there will be expert tips that given to you. This tips has been proven to work very well during the qualifier and race. So don’t miss this one out.
  2. Choose more expensive upgrade. Sometimes there will be a dilemma to decide which part of the car to upgrade. If you’re facing this, take this to upgrade the one which has a bigger effect to your car. Don’t worry about the price, there’s always a price for everything.
  3. Pay attention to the weather. Weather also takes part in winning the race. Using the right tyre for the right weather will greatly improve the car’s performance. Always check the weather, when will it be changed. Usually I change the tire on the mark of 7 mins before the weather changed.
  4. Choose tyre wisely. This is where your decision will change how you lead or fail the race. The most difficult decision is when to choose soft/hard tyre. The easiest way, when you see the weather is sunny, use a hard tire. When it’s more cloudy, use soft tyre.
  5. Driving tips. Use conserve style when you can’t pass an opponent, or you have way in front of your opponent. Use push when the opponent in front of you is pit-stopping their car.
  6. Pit stop when tyre only left with a quarter. This will increase your effectiveness when racing. But don’t forget, rain weather change always come first. So even if your tyre still left with so many durability left, once it’s raining, go to pit stop directly.
  7. Don’t worry at losing the championship. On the first attempt of your series (on any tier), you might losing quite couple of times (or even worse). Don’t worry and move to other countries on the next season if you lose. Your team will get better eventually and winning is no longer a difficult task for you as the time goes by.


 Don't be afraid of losing even if winning the series seems impossible at first

Don't be afraid of losing even if winning the series seems impossible at first

Conclusion

MSM has a lot of variety. When you finish a tier, you’ll find a more difficult and faster opponents than your current tier. It will make you keep re-thinking your decision and you will have a really good time while playing this game. For a racing simulation game, this might be one if not the best in this genre.

Motorsport Manager 4.5 Modern Jamming Oct 21, 2014

Cars: Fast as Lightning - iOS/Android Game Review & Tips



Who doesn’t know Lightning McQueen and Mater? Both of them are the most iconic car characters from Disney’s Cars. If you have seen the movie (you should watch it if you haven’t, it’s a good movie), Cars is one of those movies for kids where even adult like me can enjoy.

While this Cars theme is not something new in iOS and Android world, the previous hasn’t been compelling enough. Book and physique based game wasn’t enough for me to buy or download it. So when Disney together with Gameloft once again put another game called Cars: Fast as Lightning, I’m all psyched up after seeing the screenshot.

Cars: Fast as Lightning is what we call social simulation racing game. We all trying to rebuild Radiator Spring (you don’t know this, you should probably watch the movie first :)), get all the iconic building like Luigi’s Tire shop Cassa Della, Flo’s V8 Cafe or even the Court Building. We also been tasked to unlock all the iconic Cars characters.

Rebuilding the Radiator Spring is not free (obviously). So in order to get some cash, you need to fulfill the quests given by Mater and McQueen. The tasks were there to help you advancing the game step by step.

What makes Cars: Fast as Lightning appealing to adults like me? It’s because in this game, we're not only rebuilding the Radiator Spring. We also do some race with the other iconic cars from the movies.

There are chapters where in each of them, we will be playing as the iconic character like Luigi, Doc, Francesco, and even Lightning McQueen. We will be unlocking this character and use it to race against other Cars characters. Once we’ve defeated all of the other cars in that chapters, we will be advancing to the next chapters. The car that we used in that chapter will be unlocked and shows up in the Radiator Spring.



 We have to rebuild Radiator Spring with all the freemium stuff we all know

We have to rebuild Radiator Spring with all the freemium stuff we all know

Things I Like

Being able to play as the Lightning McQueen has already been a fun thing for me. But playing as other Cars characters is even more fascinating to me. With the original voice from the movies, the game feels even more like we’ve been a part of the movie.

I also love how the racing system is being simplified. In each chapters, the track that we will race is specific to that Cars characters. So we will have different tracks (will get even more difficult as the game advancing) and some more advanced trick roads.

By saying the racing system has been simplified, I mean it’s totally simplified. Inside the race, we’re not actually driving the car. We rather just press the gas pedal and do some swipe movement to do tricks.

By simplifying the driving system, the game is moving faster and we can play in a shorter time. Another great thing about this is that you can let your kids (or maybe some kids around you) play this and not losing at all (well make sure the opponent level is not hard though).

At last, the game doesn’t require you to rely on internet connection to play this game. It does need internet to download the content, but afterwards, you’re freed from the need of it.



 We will be able to create racing track for each characters that we've unlocked

We will be able to create racing track for each characters that we've unlocked

Tips and Tricks

I have some tips for those of you that facing difficulties winning against the other cars.

  1. Press the Gas after Green Light. Don’t press the Gas pedal before the GO text shows up. Even more, you count yourself and only press the Gas pedal at the same moment with the GO text shows up. Your car will get a short boost and lead the race with this trick.
  2. Release before the curve, press on circle. Like what the tutorial told you already, before the turn, release your gas pedal to avoid crashing. Then press it on again exactly when the car is inside the circle. This way your car will get even more speed booster. Aim for PERFECT not only GREAT.
  3. Don’t make some trouble. The game will told you if your opponent is too hard for your current car to handle. Listen to them. Don’t fight the car if the level is higher than hard. Even hard level is quite difficult to win, you have to get almost all in PERFECT states to win against hard opponent. So don’t make more trouble.
  4. Upgrade Car. If the opponent difficulty is hard, upgrade your car in town. After you upgrade it, you will find the opponent easier to fight with.
  5. Do some events. Don’t ignore the event, Dinoco or Daily Event will give you quite generous coins. Just do what they say and you’ll get some coins.
  6. Don’t ignore Mater and McQueen. They were there to help you get some free coins, so don’t ignore them and do what they told you to do.
  7. Add some friends. Like many other freemium games, Cars also uses stamina (called with Fuel) to take participant in the race. While it has some limitations, adding friends will give you possibility to get this fuel so you can race more.


 Don't forget to upgrade the car if you think the level is too hard

Don't forget to upgrade the car if you think the level is too hard

Conclusion

Cars: Fast as Lightning is all fun that you can expect from a franchise of a great movie. It offers you with great hours to spend with collecting iconic characters, do some simple racing, and rebuilding the famous Radiator Spring.

Cars: Fast as Lightning 4.5 Modern Jamming Oct 19, 2014