Review Top Drives
Manage a garage of hot rods
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 30 Jan 2018, tested on HTC One M8
No ads, beautiful visuals
Horrible UI, no view to easily compare vehicles, gameplay based on free-to-play mechanics
Car enthusiasts, rejoice, here’s a game where you can collect hundreds of cars and race them without ever touching the wheel - neither physically nor virtually. In Top Drives for Android, you’ll collect over 700 cars and pit them against each other in sets of five through various courses. You’ll earn money along the way that lets you buy new car packs and upgrade your existing cars.
Honestly, the entire game is based around managing a garage of cars. You’ll pick and choose which cars perform in different races based on their strengths and weaknesses, and who they are up against. When it comes down to the racing, your cars’ stats do all the work for you. You’ll watch each race play out on its own from an isometric perspective. If you’re looking to burn a bit of rubber yourself, well, you’ll need to look elsewhere. This isn’t the game for you.
The game has a big issue with the menus, however. To put it lightly, the UI is kind of a disaster. You only have a certain amount of slots available in your garage to house cars. When you unlock new cars, you’ll have 24 hours to decide whether you should sell the car or keep it. This is a huge part of the game and there is absolutely no good way to easily compare new cars to old. In fact, just checking each car’s stats in general is a cumbersome experience.
Top Drives isn’t really a good racing game, but it is a good game for people who really like cars. It lets you manage a massive garage of vehicles and race them without having to worry about messing around with bothersome phone controls. Unfortunately, the UI really brings down what would otherwise be a great game.