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Drift Mania Championship 2 (iOs) Review

 
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Formats: iOs, Android
 
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Final Score
6.0
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Final Fiendish Findings?

Drift Mania Championship 2 could be a really great game, and gamers who really like a challenge may want to look it up simply for that reason alone. The idea is that you need to drift awesomely to earn points, while avoiding hitting the wall (which causes you to lose points), and that could be a great formula, with the proper execution. For most of us, though, the unwieldy controls, combined with less than ideal graphics may make it a game that simply isn’t worth the effort.

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Posted October 11, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Get your motor runnin’……head out on the highwaaaAAAAY!

Ratrod Studio brings heavy metal racing action to your mobile screen. Take on a career as a racing superstar, whip around corners for maximum drift, and rev the engines or hit the brakes with the touch of a finger, all set to a rocking soundtrack that fits perfectly with the style of the game.

All of that sounds awesome, and it really is – until you get past the opening sequence of the game, and actually start to play Drift Mania Championship 2. That is when you get the first inkling that perhaps this game is not going to be as cool as it looks at first glance. The opening sequences contain actual footage of race cars drifting, and it’s awesome. But to go straight from real vibrant, sleek racing machines to the rather generic looking cars you’ll command in the game is a bit of a downer.


But looks aren’t everything, so you choose from one of the two cars immediately available to you, and soldier on in hopes of learning (and mastering) the game. The tutorial basically has you reading how to play the game. Perhaps it’s just me, but I tend to learn a game best by actually doing, not reading, but since the controls don’t sound *too* confusing, you are excited to get to the racing.

You can choose from practice, multiplayer, tournament, or career, but no matter what you choose……you’re probably going to lose. The controls on Drift Mania Championship 2 are actually really tough to pull off. Steering is controlled using the tilt feature – you simply tilt your device in the way you want the car to go. To accelerate, you slide your finger up and down the right hand side of the screen–while tilting the car precisely. And to brake, which is absolutely necessary if you want to hit those coveted drifts, you’ll need to pull back on a hand brake on the left hand side of your screen. In theory, it sounds easy, but in practice your fingers are contorted and it is very difficult to be precise with your steering when your trying to move your fingers in different directions on two sides of the screen.

Now, I don’t generally mind too much if a game is hard. I just want to race, and whether I come in first place or dead last matters less to me in the long term than just the enjoyment of the race. If I can play around with pimping up cars, rev my engines and tear around the track, then I’ll happily play a game for the amount of time needed to get good at it. The problem I have with Drift Mania Championship 2 is that it makes it difficult to do that. The controls are frustrating and not very precise, which makes it hard to win. And if you want to unlock tracks, you need to win. The Career mode has only one track open to you at the start, and having only one track to race around and around while you try to master the game makes it a bit tedious quite quickly.

Drift Mania Championship 2 could be a really great game, and gamers who really like a challenge may want to look it up simply for that reason alone. The idea is that you need to drift awesomely to earn points, while avoiding hitting the wall (which causes you to lose points), and that could be a great formula, with the proper execution. For most of us, though, the unwieldy controls, combined with less than ideal graphics may make it a game that simply isn’t worth the effort.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)