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The Fast & Furious movie franchise has gathered a cult-like following of fans who enjoy the intense action and tricked-out vehicles, with the sixth entry expected to dominate the box office once more this weekend. Fast & Furious 6: The Game is true to the elements that made the film series such a smash, with beautiful graphics and plenty of extras relating to the films – though the actual racing in this free-to-play affair can get a bit dull and repetitive after a while.
You start the game as an up-and-coming driver who has caught the attention of the major players from the film. They recruit you to perform a number of jobs, which run parallel to the story in the movie. Fast & Furious 6: The Game isn’t traditionally what you might expect for a racing game. Rather than steering the car and controlling acceleration and braking, Fast & Furious 6 is all about simply tapping the screen at the right time. Luckily, the game does a better job at this style of control than others in the genre, like CSR Racing.
There are two types of races in the game: Drag and drift. Drag races require you to launch at the beginning of the race, and then tap multiple times to shift. Drift events, meanwhile, include all of the elements of drag races, but add in a drift mode where you must tap and hold to complete the wild whip around a turn. Your timeliness in executing these commands can earn you some in-game cash, even if you don’t win the race.
And speaking of cash, you will need a lot of it to progress in the game. Buying new cars and upgrading them is a vital component, and even if your timing is perfect, you will almost certainly lose if you’re up against a more powerful opponent. Upgrades can be purchased with the free in-game money or with a separate premium currency. Sadly, premium currency is really the only option if you want to progress through the game with any amount of speed. Earning the cash on your own simply takes a very long time.
The bottom line. While stunning to look at, Fast & Furious 6: The Game loses its luster after a short time.
iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone running iOS 4.3 or later
Eye-popping graphics. Includes movie extras, like trailers and clips from previous films.
Simple gameplay gets boring quickly. Takes a very long time to progress unless you spend ample cash.