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CSR Racing

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Burn rubber… and dollars

Product: CSR Racing | Developer: Boss Alien | Publisher: NaturalMotion Games | Format: Android | Genre: Racing | Players: 1 | File size: 78.9MB | Version: Europe
 
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While playing my way through CSR Racing, I learned that I am neither fast nor furious.

I also learned quickly that CSR Racing is less a traditional racing game than it is a rhythm game. Instead of focusing on steering, or even driving, all CSR Racing requires of you is that you tap on the screen to shift at the correct, cued moments as the car hurtles down a straight street track.

Still, these simple controls work in the game's favour, making the racing genre accessible to anybody. Fans of games like Asphalt, however, may be disappointed by the misleading lack of driving in this car-based game.

While light in driving mechanics, CSR Racing delivers strongly in the area of street car racing culture. With seven areas of your car to upgrade (gearbox, engines, tires, etc.), you won't go wanting customisation options.

The racing itself takes place against a single AI opponent, and it's quite enjoyable at first, with frequent close races in which your heart beats faster as you nose past your opponent on the final stretch.

Unfortunately, all of the races are fairly monotonous, requiring little more than four taps over the span of 15 or so seconds before they come to an end. There's no real skill involved in the racing itself, and so there's no room to improve and gain a sense of achievement.

Spend to win

You customise your cars by spending either Cash or Gold - the former is earned from winning races while the latter is earned (slowly) by levelling up or spending real currency through in-app purchases.

While all of the upgrade parts can be purchased for Cash, a few more esoteric upgrades require Gold, which is earned at the glacial in-game pace of one piece per level. Additionally, the higher-tier parts and are almost all imports and take real-world time to arrive. By spending Gold, you can make their delivery instant.

This upgrade system is innocuous enough, but the petrol system in the game is an unpardonable grasp for cash. Each full tank of petrol holds ten units, and each race uses up one or more units depending on its length and difficulty. When the tank depletes, you have to spend Gold to refill it or wait (stop playing) for the petrol to replenish over time.

Alternatively, you can fill up your petrol tanks by inviting friends via Facebook, which does little to improve the perception of the petrol system as anything other than a moneymaker for NaturalMotion.

Despite CSR Racing's deeply integrated and ultimately unavoidable IAPs, it's a fun and enjoyable game that offers the occasional thrill without providing much of a challenge. The graphics and presentation are both top notch, but the game never really finds the right gear.
 
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Matthew Diener | 13 July 2012
An accessible and fun racing game that places you in the driver's seat as you build, customize, and race cars on the streets.
 
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Daniel Cox | 22:18 - 20 May 2013
Pro Tip: If you want to re-fuel faster, or do multiple daily battles per day. Just go into your Iphone settings and adjust the phone time ahead by 2 hours to re-fill your tank, or adjust the date by 1 day to get more daily battles
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NOVAinc | 15:22 - 13 July 2012
Well, there is some misleading info up there.

I've been playing the game since it came out about two weeks ago or something.. I got to beat all of them five bosses in about 4/5 days of normal playing, I guess someone could beat them in 3 days of intense playing.

Also, racing ALWAYS sets you back a single gasoline unit, the only and only time you will be required two units to race is to best the boss, and has nothing to do with difficulty nor length.

No upgrade requires you to spend gold either, just some vinyls.. upgrades can always be purchased with cash of you want (though you will have to wait for upgrades level 4 and 5, which are not always necessary anyways).

I'm telling this as someone who played his way through the game in five days and one week later I posses 17 cars (all of them moderately upgraded) and didn't spend a single cent...
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kill | 14:30 - 13 July 2012
Fucking pocketgamer
 
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