Ducati Challenge

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There are plenty of popular car racing games in the AppStore; Real Racing 2 <$6.99/HD>, Death Rally <99¢> và Reckless Racing <99¢/Lite/HD> spring lớn mind, lớn name a few. However, moto-racing is less frequently represented, so it’s nice lớn find a new game about Italian motorcycles which looks pretty sweet. Ducati Challenge <$3.99/HD> from Ducati & Digital Tales opens with a montage of Ducati motorcycles in action, complete with pumping music. If you’re a motorcycle, Ducati or racing game enthusiast, kiểm tra this out.

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The game features three modes: Quichồng Challenge, Championship and Multiplayer. Quichồng Challenge allows you to practice before a race, to familiarize yourself with the xe đạp & traông xã. You choose the difficulty màn chơi và number of laps. Championship Modes include easy (4 races), medium (6 races) and hard (12 races), which must each be beaten in turn as they’re locked initially. Each Championship begins with qualifying practice laps which determine who scores pole position, followed by the race itself. Multiplayer mode lets up to lớn four petrol-heads race via a local wi-fi connection và works with a combination of iPhone and ipad tablet devices.

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Let’s look at the bikes and tracks. You start with a 1100 Monster EVO , but can unloông xã other Ducati bikes by winning races, including a Hypermotard, Diavel, Multistrada, Streetfighter & Superxe đạp Mã Sản Phẩm, which all feature in Ducati’s actual product range for 2011. The roaring engine of each Model was recorded live, giving each xe đạp a chất lượng & “true" engine sound. You can hear the gearbox changes. This all sounds better if you wear headphones, plus you’ll also hear which side the opponents are approaching from. While you can unlochồng these bikes, there’s no way to lớn boost their attributes such as vehicle tốc độ, acceleration, handling or damage, which makes sense given that you’re actually racing real-world bikes. There are six tracks provided, including mountains, village, urban và desert settings. Each trachồng can be raced backwards too, effectively making 12 tracks in total.

The retimãng cầu graphics are excellent. During a race, you can see far into lớn the distance, which creates a realistic landscape, but attention is also paid khổng lồ little details. There’s billboards, spectators, vehicles parked off-track, fences, stadiums, an ambulance and buildings và that’s just the first trachồng. When you mess up a corner (and you will) your wheel stains green from the grass. There are three settings for graphics: Low (no effects), Medium (anti-aliasing ie: smoothing) và High (adds motion blur). One minor issue with the graphics is that the wheel & xe đạp shadow are indistinct, forming a blachồng area beneath the xe đạp. Camera angles can be mix khổng lồ first-person, behind-the-rider or rear-view perspective.

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The controls include a combination of touch & tilt. Unobtrusive sầu buttons are provided for brake và throttle và holding these down causes stronger braking or acceleration. Tilting the device leans the rider left or right. If you don’t lượt thích tilt controls, smile, because touch controls are planned for integration in version 1.2, but it’s not clear yet if this will be via buttons, screen touches or sliders. Two extra tilting moves are available: Accelerating và tilting forwards pulls a wheelie (you big show off!), while braking & tilting backward performs a “stoppie". The wheelies are an obvious highlight as they’re easy to control, but you can still steer and it feels superb lớn pass between multiple opponents on one wheel. Yeah baby! Eat that.

How bởi vì the bikes handle? That’s up to you. The amount of brake assistance provided is configurable (on, off or warning), so you can choose an arcade or simulation game style, to lớn suit your taste. The hardest challenge is definitely the corners. Taking them at full throttle simply does not work, so it pays to lớn brake early và accelerate when exiting the bend. Warning indicators appear on screen prior to each corner, which are color-coded to show the difficulty of the turn. You can ram other riders, of course, but that typically causes you khổng lồ crash. And if you don’t like the quality in-game music, simply play your own iPod tracks.

While this game has plenty of positives, there’s a couple of issues. The thực đơn keys are small và occassionally unresponsive sầu, requiring multiple taps to register. The player profile name couldn’t fit my full Game Centre name, so it was truncated by mặc định. The circuits are quite long, which is fine when you’re racing, but if you’re half a lap behind – *ahem* – it can be a long và lonely circuit. A short & simple circuit would have sầu been a better initial training ground. And some players have commented that the “feeling of speed" could be improved; although a motion blur update has recently been added. And lastly, bumping and grinding against other bikes currently feels and sounds clunky và repetitive sầu.

Ducati Challenge proves that two-wheeled gameplay can be as good as the four-wheeled variety & the developers are still making improvements. This game is an easy recommendation for moto-racing fans, who will strive sầu to unloông chồng the lathử nghiệm official Ducati models & circuits while climbing the leader-boards. Personally, i’m playing khổng lồ unlock the rest of the backgrounds, which look so good in the (above) trailer and along the way i’ll probably pull some massive wheelies.