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Dash Race

 

 

SCORE: 79

 

Dash Race 

 

Dash Race is an app on the iPhone iPod Touch that is racing action like you have probably never played before. I had never played this kind of racing before. I am not sure technically it is racing, but is the best way my feeble mind can think to describe it. I got to draw lines for where I wanted my vehicle to go. The faster I went the harder it was to turn. Which in my case meant crashing into the wall. As far as strategies go, that was a losing one. I will get to the computer controlled character later. I had to create two human players before Dash Race would let me actually race on one of the tracks. The Editor in Chief picked up Dash Race for me using one of those free download day places. Yes I know it is a website, but that is still a place.

The main graphical emphasis in Dash Race is the lines the player is drawing. Each character has their very own color. This helped me determine how my turns were going. If you want to know, usually not very good. There is a mild explosion when my invisible vehicle hit the wall. I notice that Apple was not diligent enough in their rating system to denote that. Guess it is a good thing your reading this review to fill in their gap.

There is some neat music on the menu screens in Dash Race. The special effect sounds while playing Dash Race fit the theme and enhance the game. I did find that Dash Race is quiet while I was thinking about my next move. This can be good or bad, depending on how you concentrate. I found it to be a good thing.

Dash Race does not include very many race tracks. The game is difficult enough that you will replay them over and over again trying to beat them. That is if you enjoy this style of game. Dash Race does have world wide leaderboards so you can see how you stack up against others. Expect a lesson in humility. At least that was my experience. Currently Dash Race is selling for $1.99. I would expect it to sell for half the price.

Dash Race is one difficult game. I know hardcore gamers who are not up to the challenge of Dash Race. It is not an impossible game, and smart gamers will learn from the computer. Which can race a near perfect race every single time. I am not jealous or envious about that. I just wish there had been some computer controlled character mistakes when I got so far behind.

I learned to judge my speed, and plan turns while I was playing Dash Race. I also learned that I am far from perfect. Dash Race is a different kind of game, and I would like to see sequels to it in the future. I think there is something here. It was a real treat for me to be able to play and review Dash Race.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 76%
Sound: 81%
Replay/Extras: 83%
Gameplay: 77%
Family Friendly Factor: 78%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Hans-Juergen Richstein
Rating:    ‘4+’ for 4+

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