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Review Red Bull Racers
Race around a track in this Redbull mini-racing game
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 05 May 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Fun loop dee loops, cool cars
Red Bull Racers for Android is a racing game that takes place on the track. This means that you only control the acceleration and cannot turn your vehicle - which feels like you're racing a car at a hobby shop on a track.
Most of what stands out for me in Red Bull Racers is the free-to-play elements. The gameplay is so simplified that it just works out that way. The designers purposefully made the gameplay very short and the menu play very long. I actually struggled to actually get to race while I was testing out the game. I might race for 30 seconds and then spend equally long navigating through menus or declining bonuses to my racing experience.
You can spend money on new cars, and certain upgrades to your cars - like increasing speed, or even just using the gold you earned to make racing easier by providing you with graphics on the race track. You start out in a go cart, but can eventually work your way up to real cars (but at the beginning I could only buy a car with the diamond microtransaction currency).
The race tracks in the game are okay, as some have cool loop-de-doops but most of them seem to be generic tracks with green lawns. There is some diversity, but it happens later on, and this is after you have been whizzing around the same race track over and over.
The game controls fine, but I didn’t really find the gameplay that intriguing, challenging, or interesting. If I messed up and my car went flying off the track it was more because of my laziness, not a lack of skill. In real racing games you gain satisfaction from passing opponents and perfecting sharp turns, but it always just felt like I was losing momentum in this game because there was no way to get around corners except simply slowing.
Red Bull Racers is another Red Bull game with limited gameplay and extraneous microtransactions and ads.