Publisher: SMKH Funlab
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This is so cool. Go ahead and buy it. Don’t bother reading this review, just buy it.
What? You’re still here? Ok, well think back to the arcade machine racer with the pedal and steering wheel, you know the one you always over steered on? This is just like it but the track is on the iPad and the wheel is your iPhone. How cool is that? You actually use the iPhone to control your car on the iPad. Editor: You need both an iPhone/iPod Touch and an iPad.
Get your friends to download the free iPhone and iPod touch controller. To connect the iPad with the iPhone all you have to do is be connected to the same WiFi network or connect using Bluetooth. Once connected, the race is on. A few things you should be aware of and keep in mind. As of right now there is only one track (Editor: 3 additional tracks have been added since this review was written) and you can only race against other human users (up to 4) no A.I. opponents yet. I have been talking to the developers and they are releasing an update with in the week with three more tracks and a server addition that will allow you to post your fastest time online and compare to other drivers.
The controls are amazing. Once the phones are connected to the iPad, all you have to do is hold the phone upright with the car facing upwards. From there when you tilt the phone right your car will turn right. But remember to return the phone to the flat position when you want to drive straight, over steering is a learning curve for PadRacer.
The graphics aren’t bad. Everything is stationary to high quality graphics aren’t a necessity. But they look good still. Your tiny car looks like an old Indy car with the open wheel design. The sound is very basic; engine noise is all you get.
After talking to the developers I really think PadRacer will turn out to be an in depth game with lot of gameplay options. However, as of right now, it is limited. I do think the iPhone “controller” concept will take off with many iPad games. Scrabble does something similar but doesn’t use the accelerometer in the iPhone for in game use. If you are weary, give it a week or two before you buy. But, if you are like me and all of your friends have iPhones this is a must buy.
Overall Value for it’s $4.99 price point
Overall Value: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Graphics: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars
Sound: 1.5 out of 5.0 stars
Controls: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars