There’s nothing quite like the adrenaline that goes with drag racing where timing is of the essence off the starting line, and for each shift. That feeling behind the steering wheel can’t be mimicked in a video game, but just even a little bit close is nice to have. Racing Rivals is a new street racing style game that is set-up on a drag strip similar to CSR Racing and Fast & Furious 6: The Game. The main differentiator with Racing Rivals, is that it’s all about online multiplayer. It’s a whole different experience when you’re playing in real time against a live person, as compared to just computer opponents. All of the action is delivered with high quality 3D modeling of authentic cars, and the game really looks great in motion.
The most noticeable aspect of Racing Rivals is how smooth the connections are for some of the best multiplayer racing on iOS. In addition to the multiplayer, there’s a campaign mode as well as a same car driver challenge mode. The gameplay is all about reaction time as you need to tap the launch button as quickly as possible once the countdown lights turn green. You also need to tap the shift buttons right when your RPMs get up, and use the NOS at just the right time. Milliseconds can separate racers, and then there’s a wide multitude of car upgrades to enhance your racing machine. Another notable aspect of Racing Rivals is that it has car enthusiasts in mind with precision tuning to multiple sub-categories of items ranging from the pistons and flywheel to the turbocharger kit and exhaust manifold. The upgrades can be earned or bought with optional in-app purchases, and it’s worth noting that the in-app purchase system isn’t as overbearing as CSR Racing and Fast & Furious 6: The Game. In fact, you can race as much as you want since there’s no gas tank, and you earn cash at a good pace to balance your upgrades.
Racing Rivals (Free, Universal) is a great way to play head to head with friends, so get ready to put the pedal to the metal with your trigger finger ready. Also, we got to test the game at a launch event, and drive on an actual real world drag strip (video below).