A decent caveman racing game marred by a bothersome glitch.
Ancient man, despite his inability to build cell phones and video games, was smarter than some people (Geico) give him credit. After all, the guy invented the wheel. One thing he did not discover, however, is the ability to pass through walls, which makes Pangea Software's kart racing iPhone game, Cro-Mag Rally, quite puzzling. For whatever reason, there's a nasty glitch that results in our selected caveman driving through a barrier and getting stuck in some other dimension.
It's a shame, because Cro-Mag has impressive 3-D graphics. There are nine varied tracks from various points in our history, including The Great Wall, Giza, a Medieval stage and a Viking camp. Each has architecture from its particular era as well as hazards to avoid; Giza has mummies and camels, for example. In addition, there are 11 karts with varying abilities and cute names, like Mammoth Mobile, Turtle Tank and one modeled after the famous Trojan Horse, but significantly smaller.
In practice, the game plays similar to Crash Nitro Kart 3-D and Mario Kart, with you picking up weapons strewn about the tracks and using them against other riders. These nine items include such useful toys as Chinese bottle rockets, bones and other goodies guaranteed to slow down your opponents. However, you'll still need skillful maneuvering to cross the finish line, and unfortunately, controls aren't this game's strong point. Although it controls like Crash Nitro Kart in that you tilt the iPhone (you must also keep a finger pressed on the gas in order to move), Cro-Mag feels overly sensitive and a bit loose. Several times, we took a bad turn and wound up facing a wall, and there was little we could do to face the right direction.
This issue notwithstanding, it's the aforementioned glitch that has us scratching our heads. It doesn't happen often, but on rare occasions, we managed to ride through a wall in the Giza stage and entered some other part of the game not associated with the race. Even worse, we were unable to get back and lost.
Aside from this horrible bug, Cro-Mag Rally is an ok, but not spectacular game that is a nice showpiece for iPhone. However, because this glitch exists, we can't in good conscious give it a higher score. Seeing as how it doesn't happen a lot, there's a chance you may never experience it. That said, if Pangea addresses the problem with a patch, we'll rescore the game accordingly.
What's Hot: Nine varied tracks, 11 different kart racers, cool looking graphics, better than Encino Man.
What's Not: Overly sensitive motion controls, annoying bug where you pass through walls.