Owners of the Automatic dongle, which plugs into an automobile's data port and connects the vehicle to a smartphone, just got an update to future-proof the device, even if it won't do much for them today.
Gameloft surely hopes that GT Racing 2’s flashy lighting and obsessively modeled licensed cars will make it stand out from — or at least keep pace with — a recent surge of App Store racing sims, notably genre leader Real Racing 3. Lens flares and dust effects are well and good, but GT Racing 2’s visual fidelity threatens to overshadow its real strength: as free-to-play racers go, it’s got great controls. GT Racing 2 doesn’t reinvent the iOS racing control scheme, but it executes it better than most of its competitors.
CSR Racing was an unconventional entry for the racing genre, seeing as it included very little actual racing. Instead of steering around obstacles, you were tasked with dragging down a straight stretch of road, with timed control prompts like gearshifts used to influence your performance. Still, it became a massive free-to-play hit, spawning numerous copycats along the way. Follow-up CSR Classics offers much of the same tone as the original affair, though with the added element of classic hotrods to appeal to the gear head in us all.
Codemasters has a seasoned pedigree when it comes to racing games, and it shows with F1 Challenge for iPhone and iPad. As the name suggests, F1 Challenge is an officially licensed Formula One game, but this top-down racer’s real draw is its unique control scheme. Instead of virtual buttons dedicated to left and right steering inputs, F1 Challenge uses a vertical slider to control the angle at which your speedster approaches each track’s hairpin curves.
Despite securing the official (and lucrative) NASCAR license, Eutechnyx’s most recent offering on the App Store isn’t a racing game, strictly speaking. Instead, NASCAR: Redline is more like a career management sim: as a fresh-faced rookie in the Sprint Cup Series, you must win races to finance new car parts and pit crew training sessions to climb to the top of the standings. Unfortunately, some of the mechanics feel unclear, while in-app purchases for this premium game seem unnecessary and frustrating.
Flipping the script from Hutch Games' earlier Smash Cops entries, Smash Bandits spotlights the raucous fun of the getaway, tasking you with creating as much chaos as possible for the TV cameras while evading destruction via aggressive police cruisers. What begins with knocking over orange cones and slamming into cop cars soon turns into commanding a speedboat or briefly manning a tank as this free-to-play affair shows more of its open-city offering. And while the freemium design does limit the action a bit, it thankfully doesn't ruin the fun.
By the eighth entry across nine years, you usually know what to expect from a game franchise – and in the case of Gameloft's Asphalt, that typically meant solid but inconsistent production values, and decent arcade-style racing action that never quite matched the flashy console games it emulated. It was "pretty good – for a mobile racer," but Asphalt 8: Airborne finally sheds that qualifier, and essentially feels like a reboot in terms of quality. It's actually rather amazing, especially for a mere dollar.
Fresh on the heels of yesterday's news that iOS 7 will feature a "flatter" UI, 9to5Mac reports that Apple now wants to get into your car's dashboard. Specifically, Apple is reportedly working with automobile manufacturers to include iPhone docking stations in new cars, thus allowing Apple Maps and Siri to be used through the exisiting console screens instead of the the current built-in GPS systems.
Is it possible to generate a convincing sense of speed on a four-inch display? It might seem unlikely, but the App Store is bursting with an excellent and diverse array of racing games that beg to differ. Whether your tastes run toward arcade antics or simulation-style precision, or you prefer to loop in a cartoonish kart racer from time to time, we've got you covered with our picks for the 10 best iPhone racers available today. Heck, a couple of them don't even give you active control of your vehicle, but still deliver intriguing touchscreen tweaks on the genre. Whatever your speed needs, these zippy affairs are sure to satisfy.
During the Geneva Motor Show, luxury car maker Ferrari unveiled its new LaFerrari hybrid. While the supercar is probably out of reach for most buyers, the Italian automaker is apparently dedicated to increasing a partnership with Apple for future vehicles. The LaFerrari includes iPad mini units in the passenger seats.