I stumbled across another Retro racing game for iPad/iPhone. This time it’s pedal to the metal action…..well finger to the button!
Now here’s a real gem! 8-bit Rally is a racing game that plays homage to all those 2D racing games we used to play on early computers and coin-op arcades. Games like Outrun, Chase HQ, Crazy Cars (the latter being quite dire by the way) and of course, the Lotus Trilogy on the Amiga. The developer mentioned that the latter and Top Gear on the SNES was the main inspiration in creating the game and playing it for myself and seeing all the subtle homages you can tell that they really were fans of the originals.
You start off with just a basic car and a few dollars for upgrades. The more 8-bit cup races you win (or finish in a top percentage) the more cash you get to spend on your ride. Engine, gear box and tyres can be upgraded as well as purchasing those important Nitro packages. In total there’s 40 tracks set over 6 continents so expect a good dollop of road, desert, snow, city (probably) tracks.
Graphically, 8-bit Rally mirrors the clunky graphics of man retro racers and the AI opponent is spot on I.e just like it vintage counterpart, is annoying and predictable! That’s, not a bad thing by the way and it made me smile at the tribute.
Unlike some of the older games It doesn’t half shift at a descent pace with the beautifully smooth tracks zipping along at a high frame rate.
Control is via touchpad and/or tilt control which works really well in this particular game and with good customisation to tweak the sensitivity to suit. All on screen buttons are fairly large so for example you don’t miss the break pedal button when it’s needed the most.
If you’re a fan of old style racers, especially the Lotus Trilogy, you’ll simply love this.
At the time of writing, this game is Free via the Apple App store for a limited time.