Drag Racing a Fun & Competitive Gear-Shifting Timing Race Car Game
Jun 3, 2011 8:52 AM –
Drag Racing. The most addictive drag racing game with realistic controls, updated regularly with new features, adding 100k new players every day!
Tested on: MyTouch 3G Slide, Infuse 4G and Nexus One
Pros & Cons:
- Race the computer AI or better other players online in large community
- Fun and competitive drag racing game
- Lots of features and cars to choose from
- Strangely lagged on faster 1.2GHz processor of Infuse 4G
Drag Racing, as the name implies, is a game about two cars going down a straightway, and the fastest car wins. You control your car by shifting at the right times – there is no steering involved, just timing. You can choose from a wide range of cars to purchase with your winnings, and as you progress, better cars become available.
There are a few different modes to play in – the first is the basic mode, played on your phone against the AI, and is a good way to learn the controls and earn cash to start out your garage. You can battle “bosses” for harder races that will earn you more RP to upgrade your cars, and finally you can go online to race other players. The cost of your car and upgrades will determine your “level” which is what is used to match you up with opponents.
The developers are actively improving the game, and some of the features I’ll be really excited to check out down the line include things like full car customization, more new cars to unlock, and even the ability to challenge friends. The last is the one I’m most interested in, since it will take this game to a completely new level.
Tips How to Play Drag Racing:
- Blue/green lights on dashboard will help you launch and shift at the right time
- If there is too much wheel spin, you are not going anywhere
- Once you learn how to drive properly, ignore the lights and find your own winning strategy
- Nitrous is more effective on underpowered cars with lots of grip. Timing is crucial!
2. Cars and upgrades
- Test drive before you buy a car!
- The more your car costs, the tougher opposition you’ll face both offline and online
- Upgrades count towards increasing car cost/level, while tuning doesn’t
- Keep your car cost just under your level cap to get an advantage
- Adjusting gear ratios (Garage -> Upgrade -> Tune) is costly, but lets you achieve times that are impossible on stock settings
3. Game modes and winnings
- Race against beginner/amateur AI to get some quick cash and build your car
- Defeat bosses and unlock achievements for extra RP
- Go online and race against others to earn maximum cash/RP
- If your car isn’t ready for online races, earn some cash in “Drivers Battle”
- For the ultimate challenge, race against top players in Pro League
Drag Racing Race Start
Drag Racing Race
Drag Racing End Race
Drag Racing Main
Drag Racing Buy Car
Drag Racing Car Upgrade
Drag Racing Levels
Drag Racing Stats 2
Drag Racing Settings
This is a great racing game for the Android platform. It takes the customization portion and the race portion, and puts it in a form that works well for the small screen and processing power of a phone. If you know how to drive or race a gear shift the timing on this can feel like home, if you do not… this offers a good crash course in proper timing by watching the blue/green lights on the dashboard. When you become comfortable with your own timing you can win races on your own without hints. Those attributes about the game keep it fun and competitive.
Because you can buy so many cars, upgrade them and race them against the AI or online community, there is a lot here to keep you coming back for more. And once the developers add the ability to specifically challenge your friends to races, it will get even more addictive.
Although the screenshots may look like a 3D graphics intense game, it’s not. The graphics are well done – enough detail to give the game depth, but not so much that it makes the game lag.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
Because you don’t steer the car, you focus on timing the shifts, the game doesn’t use the accelerometer. But in this case, I don’t think that’s a bad thing, since steering with those types of controls on a phone can be difficult. I think the developers made smart choices here on what to focus on for the gameplay.