Xbox Announcement TBoD Grade

The Xbox One is official now. Here is the final grade for TBoD: 13 correct, 4 incorrect, and 2 unknown/unannounced. That is a grade of 76% (excluding the unknowns) which is quite decent for a comprehensive rumor-to-reality prediction.

Also, if you want to see all of our original answers, the link actually works now. Salmonfin beat the lot of us. Although, the most interesting statistic is that our collective score is better than any individual score.

  1. Required internet connection for “Always On” gaming
    • No. However, we believe studios will be able to require it on a game-by-game basis
    • Correct. Microsoft was a bit convoluted on this point, but from what they released, it looks like we were correct.
  2. Kill off second-hand/used games
    • No
    • More convolution ..Microsoft insists we will still be able to buy/sell used games, but it sure sounds like something strange is in the works. I’m surprised they even brought this up. They probably didn’t read my first article. I’ll reward TBoD with a correct on this one.
  3. Illumi-room
    • Yes. However, it will be offered as a separate peripheral.
    • Incorrect. No mention of this, but I do think we’ll hear about it later.
  4. Updated Kinect
    • Yes
    • Correct.
  5. Backwards Compatibility
    • Yes
    • Incorrect. None of us saw that coming. This was a unanimous answer.
  6. Cater to indie developers
  7. Name?
    • We have a two-way tie between Xbox Fusion and Xbox Infinity. But how is there a two-way tie among 5 voters, you ask. Because I guessed Infinite.
    • No one saw that coming. No ONE. Incorrect.
  8. Launch date month? Include an exact date for bonus points.
    • Our consensus is the last week of October or the first week of November. The average of all our estimates is October 23
    • Unknown
  9. Blue-ray/HD capable optical drive
    • Yes
    • Correct
  10. Will there be an optical drive?
    • Yes
    • Correct
  11. 4K video capability
    • Yes
    • Correct
  12. Ability to start games/DLC while they are still downloading
    • Yes
    • Correct
  13. Improved controller
    • Yes, but only marginally
    • Correct
  14. Controller integrated with Kinect
    • Yes
    • Correct
  15. Hardware specs that beat PS4 on paper
    • No
    • Correct
  16. Ability to record gameplay & share
    • Yes
    • Correct
  17. Instant on capability
    • Yes
    • Correct. Apparently it even turns on your TV, too. Xbox, turn on my wife/girlfriend (we can only hope for instant on capability).
  18. Price range (no greater than $50)
    • All of our estimates fell within $400-$500 with our average at about $450.
    • Unknown
  19. Runs full Windows 8
    • No
    • Correct. Although that kernel sounds very interesting.

A Throne of Games.

The future of gaming is not unlike your lower intestine…  Stinky… and bloated with confusion.  It’s been a long grueling battle of the brands.  Gaming has surpassed Hollywood as an entertainment industry…nay… Empire. ..NAY… World.. clawed and fought over by the ravenous empires within.  Caught in the middle cats and kitties is us:  The gamers.  The source of their sustenance and, and the financial cannon fodder when they fail miserably, or trick us into buying into some gimmick like Kinect, or gods forbid… Aliens Colonial Marines.

We truly are the be-all-end-all for these game industry giants who without our hard earned cash would crumble into dust and echoes.  And many have.  You can literally watch studios drop like flies after shitty releases, or scramble to appease the masses after boycotts and fan revolts.

But do these monolithic monarchs of the gaming realm, truly take into account, and listen to the little people who make up their respective kingdoms?  Some seem to, while others do a rather good job at appearing to do so, but instead force feed their subjects features, and shiny bobbles they really never asked for nor require.

And here we are my fellow polygon plebs, at the intermission before the next round of the Console Wars.  The two main contenders: Houses Sony, and Microsoft have done their pre-E3 cock waggling, shield rattling, and boasting, and the eve of battle is soon upon us.  Winter IS coming, but which house shall ascend the Plastic Throne?  A sinister, seat of power made from the melted down consoles and copies of Atari’s ET thrown at the feet of the ancient kings of gaming when their makers bent the knee.

Here is my take on the two main Kingdoms vying to sit the Console-Chair.

House Microsoft: 

Words:  “Ours is your Television.”

After over a decade of fair and just rule over his subjects the reign of King Bill Gates first of his name, lord of Windows 8, and keeper of the Halo came into dark times.  Soon twisted, and unnatural things came into the province of XBOX a pox on its people, potentially driving them away, and leading to the purge of many great game houses like Ensemble Studios.

House Bungie, under the lordship of Jason Jones lead bannerman of King Gates paid for his houses release from the Kingdom of Microsoft but in doing so was made to sacrifice his strongest and most promising son John 117 to house 343 industries, led by Lord Franklin O’Connor formerly of the Bungie Banner.

Over time, John 117 took the field of battle, and won a sweeping (but unstable) victory against the holiday shopping mobs.   Under the leadership of House 343, John’s future looks uncertain.. and over-saturated with TV series, confusing story-arcs, and a dwindling handful of old trusting comrades still clinging to the hope he can get his shit together since being torn from his birth-house of Bungie.

King Gates stepped down from the throne, which is now sat upon by King Donald Mattrick 1st of his name.  Lord of Hokey TV features, Sports Bullshit, and protector of anything but gaming.

In his first proclamation with regards the Kingdom of Microsoft’s new future he stated that games were a tertiary at best function, and the future of his house is in ESPN, fantasy sports, being too lazy to use a controller, and forcing his citizens to use a Kinect toy that they really don’t want, while dangling a dried up and diluted exclusive game series in front of us by none other than Lord Spielberg the Butcher of Books, and Father of Velociraptors.

While we have only to wait until the jousting match at E3, Microsoft appears to have been corrupted by trend-setting yuppies who have forgotten the people who first bought into their enchanted kingdom, and have thrown them beneath the carriage in favor of bells, whistles, and super cool crap like being able to do what you already CAN do…with a SNAPpier interface.  (heh)

House Sony:

Words:  “Bitch, Please.”

Currently Led by Lord Andrew House:  1st of his name.   Warden of the developers and protector of gaming culture, the ever growing PlayStation Province has prospered for nearly two decades.  Over twenty years of victories on the fields of battle have given his forces a competitive edge, and advantage over the still young, and brash men and women of XBOX.

This house has produced such gifts to their folk as the Uncharted Series, a slew of fan favorites such as Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear, among other amazing experiences that I have missed out on because I had the master chief’s … Plasma Pistol rammed down my throat.

In his official decree Lord House pledged that he was working closely with his bannermen, and developers to provide a kingdom where all could prosper by moving forward together as a unified force of incredible power – rather than trying to squeeze their developers and game-smiths for all their worth before putting them to the sword… like other houses have demonstrated…

PlayStation Province appears to be offering a peace-time peach.  An environment where gamers can break free of the chains of exclusive fanboyism and recall what gaming truly is through something fresh, and geared toward gaming itself.  Or have they too been infected with the same darkness which crept into the ranks of their rival house?  Only time can truly tell which house will win the console throne, and bring balance, peace, and stability to the world they have created, and threaten to destroy beneath the fury of their rage.

***

Parody aside, this round of the console wars is going to be an intense one.  Both consoles share a similar architecture, with similar capabilities…But it does appear that PlayStation 4 might have a bit more raw power under the hood.  I am heavily slanted toward Sony, (if it wasn’t already obvious).

XBOX ONE’s mandatory Kinect feature just plain creeps me out, and while a high-res IR camera and microphone in every living room in North America & Europe might sound bonerific to the government spooks, it sounds like an invasion of privacy to me.  If Kinect 2.0 has the same “Opt-Out” features as the current model I might be comfortable enough to own one…  But creepiness aside:  I really could give a flying cart-wheeling, flipping fuck about being able to talk to my XBOX and navigate by doing strange interpretive dance.  I just want to play games, and watch some movies and TV via Netflix.

Sony, from the ground up seems to have created a machine specifically for the developers, providing an environment where they can take full advantage of PS4’s power without the awkward motions of porting cross-console games to the PS3 (anyone remember the nightmare of playing Skyrim on PS3? Those days are *allegedly* gone.)

Whichever console you choose, I’m sure you will pick the one that is best for you, but it’s going to be a tough one.  Both sides will be dangling their exclusive titles in front of you, along with their respective bells and whistles.  I hope my little rant has provided some entertainment and that you’re just as excited for E3’s extravaganza as I am.

Thanks for reading, and of course stay tuned to Teabag Or Die for more awesome content!

-SK1LL4XED

Thomas Was Alone.

What with all podcasting and video making we have been doing as of late, I thought that it might make a refreshing change to get back to my roots and actually put pen to paper…or keyboard to internet, whatever.

thomas was alone

Certainly a game that, in my mind and indeed that of the BAFTA awards, is worth writing about is Thomas Was Alone. Originally a flash game, this lovely 2D platformer has been out for PC and Mac for a while now and recently made it onto the PlayStation Network. In Thomas Was Alone you take control of some AI’s who find themselves suddenly self-aware and trapped within some kind of corrupted computer system.

Although not graphically stunning, this was never the aim of its creator Mike Blithell, who didn’t have the budget to make a huge fireworks display like the Beijing Olympics, he instead set out to tell unique and engaging story. Without getting too near the realm of spoilerville he achieves this by building an excellent narrative and bringing these little quadrilaterals to life by giving them those every day insecurities we find in our society today. To illustrate what I mean this next paragraph mentions a couple of characters you come across very early on in the game and how they are portrayed. If you really don’t want any kind of spoiler then just skip it.

thomasYou start off as the title suggests meeting Thomas, a fairly optimistic rectangle who views the world with wonder but who doesn’t want to be alone in this strange environment he inhabits, which I guess is the embodiment of the human condition in that we want to live our lives and share our experiences with others. Then there is Chris, a little orange square which suffers from short man’s syndrome somewhat and a general feeling of inadequacy. The first female character you meet is a rather large block named Claire, who on first encounter comes across as a woman worried about her weight and is rather depressed that she doesn’t fit the expectations of society.

Of course a well written story needs an excellent narrator and in the case of Thomas Was Alone this comes in the form of Danny Wallace – a british actor, comedian, writer etc.

Danny Wallace

Danny Wallace

Wallace’s narration really breathes life into the characters, his intonation and humour are as integral to driving this game forward as the mechanics or storyline. He won a BAFTA for his voice work and although I don’t necessarily think that anything that wins an award must be praised, in this case I think it’s deserving. The humour in Thomas is certainly very English but not so much that it would alienate international players, which again I guess has helped in its success.

Gameplay is not challenging really but again for those who may be disappointed with the difficulty level are kind of missing the point with Thomas Was Alone. I played it on the PS3 I thought the ability to use the D-Pad to move through the game was a lovely little hark back to the days of old, not that I did this, after 14 years of having a thumbstick on my controller since the days of my N64, if given the choice I will use it every time, more is the pity for me I guess because playing it the old school way would certainly inject some nostalgia into this modern-day retro platformer. Of course Thomas isn’t just one long nod to the old school platformer, there are plenty of new twists on the platforming genre mechanics found throughout, in fact everything after chapter 5 turns a lot of the conventions on their head and creates its own rules too.

The music, well I don’t have much to say on that front, I certainly cannot criticise the soundtrack at all. At times it promotes a serenity in the player, it is mesmerizing throughout and is perfectly paced to match the evolution of the narrative in each level.

It’s not a long game at all, about 4-5 hours in total, but it tells a story of heroism and selflessness as convincingly as, if not far better than, many triple A titles.

I conclude by saying this, if you need a break from firing bullets into the faces internet morons, or maybe you are just sick of gaining that XP to unlock that pointless bit of gear then give Thomas Was Alone a shot.

If you must to drink gallons of really sugary chocolate milk everyday, once in awhile you need to take a sip of ice water to refresh your palette.

If you have played Thomas Was Alone and want to talk about your thoughts on the game please leave me a comment, or if you think I am talking shit (i.e. that last pretentious sentence) then put me in my place. Thanks.

-The Quim Ninja

TBoD Podcast – Xbox One Reaction Special

Xbox One

It is rather fitting that our 100th blog post falls on this day.

On this special edition of the podcast we voice our immediate reactions and thoughts as gamers on Microsoft’s next-gen console Xbox One.

Minimally edited so apologies for the rough cut but it’s as much as a stream of first impressions as it is a podcast, we hope it gets you thinking.

Please leave a comment, I am sure this has a generated a lot of opposing viewpoints so let us know what you think.

Thanks

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TBoD Podcast – Episode 11 – A Pair of Cunning Stunts

Episode 11 is here and this is the first of 2 podcasts this week! The world is in trouble!

Today we are here to talk about various innovations in gaming hardware including: –

A new controller system made by a Mad Genius.

The new handheld coming from Nvidia known as Shield.

and what seems to be the prototype for a Holodeck known as the Oton X! and what the implications of all these new devices will have on our gaming landscape.

We discuss the release of Carmageddon on Android and our vision gets all wobbly lined as we flashback to when we used to play the original all those years ago….

Our final Durango Unchained segment as talk about what must be the last batch of rumours for the Next Xbox before the unveiling.

We cast a suspicious eye over EA’s plans to abolish their online pass scheme and some of their other moves in the industry.

We also talk about a little game we have both been enjoying called Terraria and offer you a chance to win a copy on Steam. Woohoo!

Anyway as usual leave a comment if you are feeling chatty or leave an itunes review if you are feeling generous! Thanks

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We Know What The Next Xbox Will Be

Microsoft decided to give Teabag or Die full, exclusive, early access to the new Xbox that will be announced this Tuesday. They made us sign a nondisclosure agreement, but this story is too big to not break. We can’t pass up the page hits…it’s like a drug.

Actually, what really happened is that I sent out an email to all the writers of TBoD asking for their answers to 19 questions regarding the rumors surrounding the new Xbox. I received 5 replies (including my own) that are being compiled into TBoD’s official Xbox Prediction. Crinbot, Eremenko, Salmonfin, The Quim Ninja, and The Wach all collaborated to determine how Tuesday’s Xbox announcement will pan out. Between the five of us, I believe we have a good shot at being the most accurate site out there giving our predictions. After Microsoft’s announcement, we will go through and grade TBoD’s predictions as well as each of our individual predictions. You can see our individual predictions here.

It is really interesting to see our answers and where we all agreed and when we had 3/2 split answers. I am very excited to see what happens on Tuesday!

PS There is a 20th question I wish I asked, but failed to think of it when I sent out the original list, so I am going to leave the 20th question up to our readers. Leave your answers in the comments below. Will the next Halo title be announced as a launch title?

  1. Required internet connection for “Always On” gaming
    • No. However, we believe studios will be able to require it on a game-by-game basis
  2. Kill off second-hand/used games
    • No
  3. Illumi-room
    • Yes. However, it will be offered as a separate peripheral.
  4. Updated Kinect
    • Yes
  5. Backwards Compatibility
    • Yes
  6. Cater to indie developers
    • Yes
  7. Name?
    • We have a two-way tie between Xbox Fusion and Xbox Infinity. But how is there a two-way tie among 5 voters, you ask. Because I guessed Infinite.
  8. Launch date month? Include an exact date for bonus points.
    • Our consensus is the last week of October or the first week of November. The average of all our estimates is October 23
  9. Blue-ray/HD capable optical drive
    • Yes
  10. Will there be an optical drive?
    • Yes
  11. 4K video capability
    • Yes
  12. Ability to start games/DLC while they are still downloading
    • Yes
  13. Improved controller
    • Yes, but only marginally
  14. Controller integrated with Kinect
    • Yes
  15. Hardware specs that beat PS4 on paper
    • No
  16. Ability to record gameplay & share
    • Yes
  17. Instant on capability
    • Yes
  18. Price range (no greater than $50)
    • All of our estimates fell within $400-$500 with our average at about $450.
  19. Runs full Windows 8
    • No

New Xbox Answers

Below are all the responses for the Xbox prediction TBoD writers’ challenge.

  1. Required internet connection for “Always On” gaming
    • The Wach: No
    • eremenko : Yes but DRM optional for developers
    • Crinbot: No
    • The Quim Ninja: No
    • Salmonfin: No
  2. Kill off second-hand/used games
    • The Wach: Yes – unannounced
    • eremenko : Yes
    • Crinbot: No
    • The Quim Ninja: No
    • Salmonfin: No
  3. Illumi-room
    • The Wach: Yes – Later date.
    • eremenko: yes
    • Crinbot: yes
    • The Quim Ninja: Yes – separate peripheral
    • Salmonfin: Yes
  4. Kinect 2.0
    • The Wach: Yes
    • eremenko: hardware no, software yes
    • Crinbot: No
    • The Quim Ninja: Yes
    • Salmonfin: Yes
  5. Backwards Compatibility
    • The Wach: Yes
    • Eremenko: some titles only
    • Crinbot: Yes
    • The Quim Ninja: Yes
    • Salmonfin: Yes
  6. Cater to indie developers
    • The Wach: Yes – but there will be a lot of naysayers
    • Eremenko: Yes – a token offering but heavy costing and restrictive nature will make it difficult for some developers
    • Crinbot: Yes
    • The Quim Ninja: No
    • Salmonfin: Yes
  7. Name?
    • The Wach: Xbox Infinite – Some are calling it for Infinity, but I’m going for Infinite.
    • Eremenko: infinity or the infinity ring symbol
    • Crinbot: Infinity
    • The Quim Ninja: Fusion or Dick Turpin
    • Salmonfin: Fusion
  8. Launch date month? Include an exact date for bonus points.
    • The Wach: September 23
    • Eremenko: November 7th
    • Crinbot: October 31
    • The Quim Ninja: November 5th
    • Salmonfin: October 17th
  9. Blue-ray/HD capable optical drive
    • The Wach: Yes
    • Eremenko: Yes
    • Crinbot: Yes
    • The Quim Ninja: Yes
    • Salmonfin: yes
  10. Will there be an optical drive?
    • The Wach: Yes
    • Eremenko: No
    • Crinbot: No
    • The Quim Ninja: yes
    • Salmonfin: Yes
  11. 4K video capability
    • The Wach: No
    • Eremenko: no
    • Crinbot: Yes
    • The Quim Ninja: yes
    • Salmonfin: Yes
  12. Ability to start games/DLC while they are still downloading
    • The Wach: Yes
    • Eremenko: Yes
    • Crinbot: No
    • The Quim Ninja: yes
    • Salmonfin: yes
  13. Improved controller
    • The Wach: Yes
    • Eremenko: Marginal
    • Crinbot: Marginal
    • The Quim Ninja: Marginal
    • Salmonfin: Yes
  14. Controller integrated with Kinect
    • The Wach: Yes
    • Eremenko: yes .. possible extended peripherals
    • Crinbot: Yes
    • The Quim Ninja: No
    • Salmonfin: Yes
  15. Hardware specs that beat PS4 on paper
    • The Wach: No
    • Ermenko: no
    • Crinbot: No
    • The Quim Ninja: Tie
    • Salmonfin: No
  16. Ability to record gameplay & share
    • The Wach: Yes
    • Eremenko: Yes
    • Crinbot: Yes
    • The Quim Ninja: Yes
    • Salmonfin: yes
  17. Instant on capability
    • The Wach: Yes
    • Eremenko: yes
    • Crinbot: No
    • The Quim Ninja: Yes
    • Salmonfin: Yes
  18. Price range (no greater than $50)
    • The Wach: $450-$500
    • Eremenko: £399.99
    • Crinbot: $450
    • The Quim Ninja: $400
    • Salmonfin: $425 – 475
  19. Runs full Windows 8
    • The Wach: Yes
    • Eremenko: yes
    • Crinbot: No
    • The Quim Ninja: No
    • Salmonfin: No

TBoD TV – It’s a Jungle out there – episode 1

Welcome back to TBoD TV, this new series follows the exploits of Cartoon Robinson and newcomer Zoiie as they take to the post apocolyptic Tokyo streets as a pair of dogs trying their best to simply survive and further thier lineage in Tokyo Jungle on ps3.

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(and I apologise for the piss poor vocal audio quality. eremenko)

Thanks!

TBoD Podcast – Episode 10 – The Metaphorical Dog Sh*t Bin.

To celebrate the podcast making it to double figures we have a few special guests and seasoned gamers on to discuss the going’s on in gaming.

Amongst other topics we talk about the dark lords EA and their new found control over the creation of Star Wars games

Sony’s moves in making the indie developer feel at home in the PlayStation mobile arena and how we think Microsoft need to pull their finger out.

The comments of one Mark Rein, VP of Epic Games, who believes the next-gen consoles will take full advantage of the Free 2 Play Model and our thoughts on what that could mean as a gamer.

We also talk about games that we would have enjoyed if it weren’t for being hampered by bugs – as well as a bunch of other stuff.

Thanks to Crinbot, Cutmasta C and Spacca Attacker for lending their voices for this one.

Leave a comment if you have an experience to share or question for us. Thanks.

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Battleblock Theater – Part 3 – Battle Royale With Cheese – Quim vs menko

In Part 3 Quim and Eremenko bin off the co-op missions and get a amongst a bit of the rough stuff. Dropping the facade of playing as a team we dive into arena mode and kick lumps out of each other … who will come out on top the tension is …. well …. there is some tension somewhere I guess.

Watch, comment, troll, subscribe etc.

cheers

TBoD Podcast – Episode 9 – Wigity Wigity Wigity Wack!

We seem to getting less and less fashionably late but here it is, Episode 9

We blither on about the following: –

Game Dev Tycoon and its Hack-ception style launch

The launch trailer of CyberPunk 2077

CoD Ghosts….meh.

We then dissect the GTAV Reveal Trailers with particularly blunt rocks and talk about a couple of games we have been playing that would be worth a look by you lovely people.

Enjoy and please leave us comment if you have any thoughts in your brain. Thanks

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TBoD TV – Episode 2 – More BattleBlock Theater

Eremenko and The Quim Ninja continue to do battle against the forces of purrr evil in part 2 of their Battleblock Theater mini series.

The Difficulty level ramps up in this one and our heroes find themselves struggling to avoid the pitfalls of life as a strange little animated character … also Quim gets a hilarious new head.

Bigger isn’t always better

Micro Machines (3)

Micro Machines – Like Puppy in my Pocket … for boys

Every boy who was around in the 80’s or 90’s will remember Micro Machines, those tiny heavily stylised toy vehicles that were cheap to buy but insanely expensive to collect. The toys were immensely popular and the were literally thousands to collect cars, trucks, planes, helicopters etc at the height of their popularity these little belters even out-sold the toy car giants hotwheels. Anyway getting to the point these toys eventually spawned a series of video games.

micro21Everything is more fun in video game form

My main memory (aside from hours spent playing with the toys) was of a particular game on the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis for you American folk) Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournement a stupidly brilliant title which saw you racing across pool tables, bath tubs and desks through gardens and bedrooms just the types of places you would be playing with your toys. This kind of miniature racing game was never bested despite numerous attempts (Notably the Revolt games on Dreamcast) but now we have a new challenger.

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Mini Motors available on Android and iOS from The Binary Mill provides a similar experience to the classic mini racers of the past albeit without quite the same imaginative settings. The tracks are based on your more classic racers with High speed race tracks and battles through winding city streets taking the spotlight rather than jumping over plant pots and trying not to drop into the vortex of a toilet or pool table pocket this may not seem at first glance to be quiet as much fun but the game actually handles really well.

superchargedOne of the many great looking cars available

There are options for controls but I prefer to stick with the default mode of having the little wheel down in the bottom left hand corner which you spin to the desired direction. It starts out a little challenging to get to grips with due to the games static viewpoint (something which will be familiar to those who have played Micro Machines V3) but you will soon get the hang of it and be drifting around the courses like a pro. Once you get the hang of the controls the difficulty jumps up a notch the AI racers become more skilled and highly aggressive  luckily the game has an upgrade system which will allow you to ensure your tiny car has enough oomph to keep you ahead of the competition.

grand prixTracks galore

You can unlock a few cars just through playing but many others have to be purchased with  in game cash, however since you are going to want to focus on upgrades rather than making rash purchases of cars the pricing seems a little off. In some respects I feel this is a bit of a cheap shot since it means that to fork out for the new car you are likely going to have to make some in app purchases, don’t fret however none of this is actually necessary because you can just repeat a few races to earn the dough, though that may take the patience some folk don’t have.

fruit ninjaLiscenced tracks and vehicles inspired by other games

It may not be a groundbreaking title but it’s a neat little racer than uses the touch screen to it’s advantage rather than struggling with it, the tracks are well designed and fun to play (with the odd exception) with various surfaces on show (dirt, sand, tarmac, gravel etc) actually affecting the handling of your vehicle. The cars are well designed and each one does handle very differently which gives you ample opportunity to find and max out your favourite model. I appreciate it when a app dev puts out a game for a reasonable price (£0.69 in this case) and doesn’t over use the in-app purchase side of things which is far to often the case now, there is an extra championship on show here that rather than being a paid for dlc is actually purchasable with the money you earn from playing the game which is a real nice touch.

Perfect for playing a few quick races on your daily commute Mini Motors is a title that doesn’t take itself too seriously and rewards you for playing rather than being something you need to throw money at in order to progress. In short this is the type of game I would like to see more of on phones and tablets from a dev who clearly deserve to be taken seriously.

eremenko