Android has quickly become a strong platform for gamers, in the last two years alone, gaming on Android looks more like a handheld console than it does a smartphone platform. 3D graphics are now commonplace and in some cases look better than handheld equivalents. Racing games have long been a staple of any games console, they're easily accessible and great fun for those both young and old. It's almost instant gratification for players. Now though, there are a lot of racing titles in the Play Store, and more on the way for sure. Does Race Illegal have what it takes to stand out on its own?
Description: Race Illegal is a game that brings the world of street racing to your Android handset or tablet. There are 20 tracks and 9 cars to race with, an engaging storyline and realistic driving physics. This being street racing, you'll have to customize and tweak your car to get the best performance out of it. With Race Illegal, you can race online with others to test just how good your driving skills really are on the track. A lot of titles rely on making things as realistic as possible, here Race Illegal strives for a balance between realism and fun.
How it Works: Hitting the streets at high-speed is as simple as downloading the game from the Play Store. After that you'll see a number of options. If this is the first time playing the game, you'll want to start your career off. This way you'll be able to see just how all of the controls work.
When you start your career you'll be asked to choose a name for yourself:
The career mode is great for new players, because the first level is a tutorial on how to use the interface and how to race as fast as you can:
There are some really great things about the interface, for instance the rear-view mirror:
You can also choose how you want to steer your car in-game:
When you start to choose an event, you'll be able to pick which car to drive:
When racing through the streets, you'll see that there's a very arcade-like feel to the game, which a lot of people are going to love:
Opinion: For someone like myself, who prefers arcade racing games – Race Illegal has been a lot of fun. I almost feel as if I have an arcade cabinet with Ridge Racer in my pocket. The graphics here are good, everything runs at a fluid frame rate and there is an element of reality to the whole affair. Steering at high-speed works as expected and you even have to watch out to make sure you don't cause too much damage to your car. Those looking for something that's a little lighter than something like Real Racing will be impressed with this.
- Speed (4/5) – Everything ran smoothly and there were no slowdowns, however my devices did run very hot when playing this.
- Features (5/5) – For both casual racing game lovers and the more hardcore, there's something for everyone here.
- Theme (5/5) – The graphics here are good, with glossy reflections and a fluid frame rate.
- Overall (4.5/5) – Race Illegal is one of the best racing titles out there right now, especially for not looking for the hyper-reality other titles are offering.
- Subtle but significant additions, like the rear-view mirror and ability to change the map view are welcome.
- Race Illegal feels very much like an arcade game, and brings all the fun you might expect along with it.
- Ability to tune and customize vehicles will have you coming back for more.
- Lots of steering options.
- Ads can be quite intrusive, even though one small in-app purchase removes them.
- Only a game for powerful devices.
Conclusion: Race Illegal is a great title for those looking to play a racing game, without being completely bogged down in stats and realism. There's still realistic physics as well as damage but, overall this has a more fun feel to it. Visuals are good and vibrant, with glossy reflections and a fluid frame rate throughout. For both young and old alike, Race Illegal is an accessible title that's easy enough to pick-up play, what's more is that thanks to the ability to tune cars and more, there's a lot of depth to the game, too. It's a free title and the ads are removed by any in-app purchase, which you could use to unlock even more tracks, so what are you waiting for?