Review Fastlane: Road to Revenge
Can you live life in the fast lane?
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 20 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Solid and responsive controls, good upgrade options
Poor graphics, your finger obscures vision
Roads were made for driving and that’s exactly what you do in Fastlane: Road to Revenge for Android. Well, that’s not all you do - revenge is in the title, after all. This is a fast-paced arcade shooter where you try to last as long as you can to get the biggest score you can. Upgrade your car, wreck lives and get revenge.
Alright, so this game kind of looks like a cheap flash game from 2001 and it kind of plays and feels like one, too. You’ll use your finger to tap and drag your car in between obstacles including other cars and projectiles. If you’ve played a game with similar controls then you instantly know the downside to a control scheme like this - it limits your view and causes deaths that should pretty much never happen.
The game itself plays alright. You’ll swipe through the screen while your vehicle automatically fires at everything it sees. You’ll start off with some basic guns that shoot forwards and they get the job done well enough in the beginning, but as you start creeping further and further along in each run, you’ll drive faster and enemies will take more damage, meaning you’ll be forced to upgrade your weapons and unlock new ones.
Unfortunately, this is where the game takes a nosedive because grinding out the cash you need to upgrade your weapons takes a pretty long time. Too long, in my opinion. I’d like to see this tailored back and not balanced around putting money into the game since it definitely doesn’t shy away from advertisements.
Overall, Fastlane: Road to Revenge is an alright arcade game but it doesn’t do much to really push the envelope. Ultimately, its poor production value really does way too much harm.