Remember a little NES game called RC Pro Am?
Well, Remedy (developers of Alan Wake) seem to to be feeling a little nostalgic as an upcoming iPad game, titled Death Rally, appears to be the result of a little nostalgia.
The premise of the game is pretty straight forward, win a race at all costs – even if it means leaving your opponents on the side of the road, in flames. Players will select one of a handful of vehicles and attach a weapon, which ranges from mines, to shotguns, and even a gatling gun. Each car will have a default gun that it can shoot forward, and will shoot automatically after upgrading to a new weapon, thus enabling the “shoot” control to launch the new weapon. The game currently has a couple of levels, each with their own boss. The boss is essentially the first place racer that can take a it more damage than the rest of the racers. Ultimately you want to destroy the boss, which nets you the most amount of cash but coming in first is also helpful in attaining more loot.
At the end of each race, depending on how well you did, you’ll get a certain amount of cash that can be used to increase attributes such as speed, handling and armor. During the actual races, there will also be parts scattered around, and as soon as you collect certain parts, you’ll be able to unlock a new weapon.
Having played a handful of tracks, the game was pretty enjoyable though there was a bit of a learning curve in certain tracks. Not so much because it’s hard to understand, but simply getting used to the controls and ultimately the sensitivity of the touch controls on the iPad. Once you’ve got the handling down, it’s just about learning the tracks and trying to strategize on what weapons to use and which attributes are more important to your vehicle.
The game’s art design is pretty impressive; giving the game a very detailed and realistic look. Even subtle touches like the way flames roar into the sky look pretty good; clearly taking advantage of the iPad’s graphical power. Death Rally will also support Game Center, featuring online leaderboards and a Fame Meter, which essentially shows off how much of a racing machine you are.
The development teams expects about 4-5 hours of gameplay with free updates planned in the future that will include extra items and maps. Though no multiplayer modes will launch with the game, it’s expected to arrive as part of an update roughly six to seven weeks after the game’s launch (which has no official release date as of yet).
Death Rally’s pricing point is also currently being discussed but we expect to hear more about this fun little racing game in tihe coming weeks.