Turbo Racing League, is a game based on DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming film – Turbo, about a snail who gains super-speed. Turbo Racing League is a classic first person racing game (iOS, Windows Phone and Android) and if you live in the USA there’s $1M in cash prize on offer for playing! While the game is derivative of classic racing games, and although it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, it’s still enjoyable game that will keep you engaged for a couple of days or more.
With the Turbo movie set for release on July 17, the marketing machine is starting to pick up steam. Here’s the sales pitch for downloading the game according to the Press Release:
To compete for real cash prizes in the $1,000,000 Shell-Out Presented By Verizon, eligible players must achieve Daily Goals or obtain sufficient tomatoes throughout the game to unlock access into the weekly Contest. Once in the race, players can show off their driving skills on specific Contest race tracks during an eight week qualifying period of weekly Preliminary Races starting on May 16, 2013 and continuing until July 7, 2013. Each week, the ten fastest racers will win cash prizes up to $25,000.
- Intuitive Touch Screen Controls
- 9 Unique Race Tracks to Test Your Skills
- Daily Goals for Bonus Tomatoes
- Special Race Events: Time Trials, Limited Fuel, Slalom and Rival Races
- Thousands of Performance & Design Combinations: Shell Upgrades, New Paint Jobs and Neon Glows
- Ability to record your greatest race moments, watch on instant replay and share with your friends
- Optional Facebook and Twitter posting to show off your pimped-out Shell and best scores
- Leaderboards show how you rank amongst your friends and all the top players!
The gameplay is instantly accessible as you’ve probably played many games in it’s genre before. It’s a combination of Wipeout HD (PS3) meets Micro Mini Machines meets Mario Kart – but it never achieves the quality racing experience that any of these classic games are renowned for.
There’s a variety of your standard racing types: time trial, versus, slalom etc.. and at the end of each round you are awarded with Stars and level bonuses which then get converted into the Tomato currency to spend on upgrades. Again, your upgrade options are pretty standard: speed, acceleration, steering and boost plus a variety of ways to spec out your car snail with performance enhancements: exhaust, spoiler, shell (shield) and paint/decal options.
You manoeuvre your snail racer around a race track laden with boosts and short cuts while attempting to win and collect as many Tomatos (in app currency) as you can.
The game offered you four different types of control options including tilt and a range of onscreen button arrangements. These are all easy to use though at times I did find the button detection did not work and there are no on screen buttons to tell if you’re in the right touch area or not.
The most frustrating element of the driving is drifting. Drifting allows you to turn corners while retaining your speed. This is a difficult thing to master and the game is not very forgiving in helping you get it right. For the first 10 races I attempted to drift I spent more time dazed after hitting the wall and ended up turning normally which was easier and more efficient. Drifting might become easier at higher speeds in later stages, but I didn’t have the patience to grind my way through the levels to find out.
Cost of play
The game is free to play, and of course, you can purchase Tomatoes from the Tomato Plant (store) and there are bigger discounts the more you buy. There’s also plenty of social sharing and TapJoy advertising that will get you additional free Tomatos. It’s a pretty economical game to play which leads me to thinks it’s more important to market the film than it is to generate revenue from sales. I guess it’s all going to come down to how popular the film is…
As movie tie-ins go this is pretty polished game that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy. The racing game is fun, easy to handle and difficult to master. It really is just a standard racing game that doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but it’s still an enjoyable romp.