Real Speed perfect for speed and sim freaks, rubbish for gaming

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The canon of driving games on mobile is legendary - and quite long, but there's always room for another plucky contender. Real Speed does offer a great impression of speed and has enforced manual controls, giving a fairly accurate simulation feed, but the lack of any aids and terrible collision detection ruin the title as a 'game'.

From the Windows Phone Store description:

Drive the fastest cars on the planet in ultimate racing game which will test your skills and determination to be the best racing driver on the world. Compete with other drivers and become living legend of races. Try your skills in driving simulation game and feel the rush of the fast and hi-speed races. Defeat your opponents on race track in very demanding yet intuitive game with natural racing model.

- 6 cars with completely different steering models;
- 4 unique tracks;
- driving model which connect best elements from simulation and arcade games;

Everyone during watching racing event on TV want to be a rally street driver, at least for the short time feel the real speed, experience adrenaline rush which is exclusively reserved for formula 1 drivers. 

Imagine how they can feel during indycar or nascar race. Stop dreaming, start “Real Speed” and immerse yourself in world of fastest and skilled drivers who live and sometimes dies on amazing tracks.

As ever with driving games, there's a balance to be had between giving the player more realistic controls and making the experience manageable. For example, if you were to get behind the wheel of a F1 car and drive it at full speed, I'll wager you'd career off the track several times on every single lap... there's a reason that Vettel and others get paid the megabucks, you know... And this is what Real Speed offers, forcing you to use manual accelerator and brake pedals. Add this to watching the track and turning the car with the phone's accelerometers and that's quite a workload at 200mph.

Other titles (e.g. the excellent Real Racing 2) take the approach of managing the pedals for you (on the basis that you'll want to accelerate as fast as possible out of corners and brake in time for them in the first place!), so that all you've got to do is steer accurately - this works much better in terms of gameplay, since it keeps you in the race even if you don't possess lightning fast reactions and have super-dextrous fingers.

Here's Real Speed in action:


The opening screen - the red padlock is the key to the in-app purchase of all cars and tracks...


Choosing a car...


...and track to race on. The track graphics are very detailed and well realised.


Controls for audio functions but sadly no driver aids...


Oh, lovely use of depth of field in the race loading splash screen....


Off and racing and - ah - no collision detection with other cars. They pass straight through your vehicle!! That's not good in a game....


Careered off into the sand and barriers.... again.


Even hardened driving sim fans will find themselves in the sand on every lap... there are no clues as to when corners are coming up (other than the visuals) and there's often not enough time to brake....


Not a bad price, but you're going to have to want this for the speed thrill and sim accuracy rather than as a competitive game title...

You can download Real Speed for free in the Store here, giving you one car and a couple of tracks, with a $1 purchase in the app to unlock all the rest of the cars and tracks.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store