High Speed 3D
Step behind the wheel and burn rubber in Chillingo's attractive racer.
Firemint and Gameloft achieved success with the Real Racing and Asphalt franchises, respectively, so it only makes sense that Chillingo wants to have a piece of the iOS racing pie. The publisher's newest creation, High Speed 3D, features fast cars, over 20 tracks and impressive graphics, making it one of the iPhone and iPad's most anticipated games.
The first thing that stands out are the visuals. The developers have done a great job making the graphics pop, with detailed vehicles, long stretches of highway, motion blur and bloom lighting. We also dig the sparks that appear whenever two cars trade paint. Very Burnout-esque.
Speaking of cars, you won't find officially licensed rides, as Chillingo decided to create its own from scratch, but there appears to be a wide assortment of expensive and sexy looking muscle machines, all of which take damage, represented by a white car located at the top right corner of the screen; the bruised areas flash red. Sort of disappointing that the game doesn't have real time damage modeling, but perhaps we'll see it in High Speed 2.
As for modes, you have the usual suspects, like Quick Race, Story, Drift and Career. Chillingo wouldn't go into specifics with Story, but it's probably safe to assume the narrative involves competing in some underground circuit.
Controls work as we expected, with options for tilt and an on-screen wheel. And like many iOS racing games, High Speed handles acceleration automatically, which lets you focus on steering.
In addition, the game lets you import music from your library, and double tapping the screen removes the heads-up display (HUD). We can only hope that future racing titles incorporate these features.
Inside the virtual garage, you can paint your car of choice, as well as add decals and tuning kits. That said, we're not sure how deep the customization goes.
It lacks the competition's street cred, but High Speed 3D seems to have the necessary ingredients for success. Look for it next month, and get ready to burn the competition.