Drift Mania: Street Outlaws
The new Drift Mania game slides into view.
Mobile racing games have come a long way since the early days of the App Store. Sure, there have been stumbles along the way - we're looking at you Real Racing 3 - but titles like Asphalt 8 have ensured that this core genre of gaming has achieved no small measure of success in the world of touchscreen gaming.
As the name suggests, the focus in Drift Mania is very much on pulling off tight drifts rather than racing past the finishing line first. Doing so is a precarious proposition at first as you struggle to steer your car with tilt controls, manage your speed using your right thumb, and then slam on the hand-brakes with your left. It all feels a bit like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time, but you'll get there eventually.
It's not just about pulling off any old drift either. If you manage to both initiate and end your slide within specially designated areas of the road, you'll get bonus points - and the longer you manage to hold it, the more points you'll pick up. You get awarded a bronze, silver or gold medal at the end of each match depending on how many points you pick up, and you can boost your tally by beating the time limit, or finishing the race without incurring damage. It's a pretty neat way of adding replayability to the game.
No racing game would be complete without plenty of upgrades to work towards, and in Street Outlaws you'll certainly have your work cut out maxing out your rides. Core areas such as steering and suspension can be tweaked at any time, and the money and medals you pick up from races can be used to unlock upgrades for just about every performance area you can image.
Drift Mania Street Outlaws may not possess the same technical flair of the Real Racing series, or the polished arcade thrills of Asphalt 8, but it's a very welcome addition to the racing genre nevertheless. Just be prepared to work a little harder than you should to master the tricky controls.
What's Hot:A refreshing change of pace for mobile racing games, with plenty of replayability for the price.
What's Not:The fiddly controls take some time to master. New tracks cost game cash to unlock, and you'll need to grind a little if you don't want to spend more money on the game.