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Review Traffic Racer
Race through traffic just like in real life!
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 30 Mar 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Great looking graphics, lot’s of customization options, there are no annoying ads for in-app purchases
Only offers tilt controls, vehicle design is meh
Part of me thinks Traffic Racer for Android is someone’s day dream they have while sitting in traffic on their commute to work. That’s exactly what it makes me feel like as I weave in and out of traffic trying to get as far as I can before I inevitable rear end someone going 100 MPH.
So yes, that means this is an endless runner but there is so much more here than just driving through traffic to reach a finish line that doesn’t actually exist. You have several vehicles you can unlock while you play through the game and you earn money every time you play that can be put towards unlocking these vehicles or upgrading the one you’re using now.
Earning money is a mixture of driving for a long distance and various other objectives. If you’re playing the two-way traffic mode then you’ll get a bonus modifier for driving towards on-coming traffic. If you’re driving over 100 KPH then you’ll earn bonus money for overtaking traffic. So there is a lot of secondary objectives scattered into the game that helps prevent it from being a mindless runner.
You’ll also unlock different places to drive at. When you first start off you’ve got access to the suburban and desert areas. Environments don’t really change up the gameplay at all, but it’s always nice to see a change of environment, especially when you play through the same level so much. Unfortunately, none of the levels really change that much and they all begin to run together after a while anyway.
More developers should take notice of what Traffic Racer does because it takes the endless runner genre and actually does something with it. Developers created a simple idea but threw in a lot of secondary objectives to breath some life into it once you get good at it, but the key is that let you set your own pace. It also litters the game with several ways to progress so there is always something new to look forward to.