Enjoy a nice drive in the countryside, by ploughing your car through it
The countryside. A green and pleasant oasis in a hectic world some might say, but probably not those who like speeding metal around muddy hairpins and along bone-shattering dirt tracks. We refer, of course, to the most back-to-nature driving experience of all — the rally. The first question you’ll want answering is this: time trial or head-to-head race? Rally diehards rejoice because it’s all against the clock, but that doesn’t lessen the excitement because each leg of the rally has time checkpoints that flag how far behind you are. There are three rallies – starting with Amateur; then Pro and finally Expert each needing to be completed in turn to unlock the next. However, even Amateur is both hard and totally unforgiving. There is almost no opportunity to catch up except by perfect driving, and should you run into a wall or commit any kind of serious mistake then you can scrub that leg and get ready for a re-run, That at least helps salve the pain of losing the medal position on the final leg of the nine stages. If you made a right mess of it the stage can be restarted.
Control-wise, there’s the accelerometer-only steering, which is akin to piloting a barge; the analogue wheel, which is accurate but requires practice and small fingers; and a more traditional digital left-right option. The latter two are touch-screen operated.
After a few rounds of driving the car into a hedge/fence/rock wall, it starts to look like the forgotten rust-bucket at the back of a dodgy second-hand dealer car lot The damage can be fixed automatically, though obviously not to showroom standard, or you can have a go yourself back in the garage.
There are Time Trial and Adrenaline race options, but again, only once the rallies in Career mode have been completed. Graphically it all looks very nice, and while fairly flat to start with it soon starts to incorporate hills and mountains, narrow bridges, tunnels and canyons The weather also changes as the game progresses as well. There’s even a co-pilot giving driving instructions, which are repeated onscreen. So, it’s tough, but rewards vactice and skill and is a great game to showcase the iPhone’s abilities.