Death Rally for iPhone / iOS – reviewed

In the early 90s, when my entire gaming life revolved around a succession of PCs that seemed old almost as soon as we  bought them, I discovered ‘Death Track‘ – a fun little racing game in which you drove round a track shooting the cr*p out of your ‘AI’ controlled rivals. It was simple fun, trivial to control, but delivered  enough interest through its upgrades system to keep you playing for a while.

Now, there’s a addictive iOS variant, Death Rally – apparently a port  another 90s game of the same name; a similar primitive gaming experience, but with modern, crisp graphics, a more evolved upgrades system, massive multiplayer gaming modes and lots more cars and tracks.

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It is bags of fun. At 69p, it won’t break the bank (I bought it during a flash sale for the princely sum of zero pounds), and the in-game upgrades so far haven’t tempted me to pay for extras, although weak-willed gamers beware; this is yet another one of those games that lets you pay to succeed. There’s quite a bit of variety in the tracks, made all the more entertaining through reverse-track races, a series of obstacles and upgrades left on the track, and a good upgrades system for your vehicles, weapons and armour. There are a few special modes, including a demolition derby mode where you can take on none other than Duke Nuke’m. The best Duke gaming experience since the Duke Nukem 3D.

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And of course, for the multiplayer inclined, there are apparently four million players out there for you to drive around in circles and kill.

Heartily recommended for any top-down, death-toting, driving car or arcade game fans amongst you. It’s a good quick gaming fix.