Drift Mania Championship 2 (by Ratrod Studios) lets you show off your drift skills as you slide your way through 3 different game modes, using 1 of 13 high performance race cars while mastering the 13 drift tracks. I will have to say, I got “schooled” when I first started playing this iPad game. What I mean is, I have played many iPhone and iPad racing games (even drifted in many), but Drift Racing is a whole other ball game. The whole race is based on precise drifting around corners on racetracks using your variable throttle, hand brake and the accelerometer to steer your high performance race car. I quickly learned it’s not who comes in first, it’s the driver with the most points at the end of the race who wins in this game. Drift Mania Championship is rather challenging racing game that has 3 main game modes (Career, Multi-Player, Tournament and Practice). If you opt in to race in the tutorial, you will be in Practice Mode and it is a good idea to get used to your car and how to get the drifting down in this game as you slide around an oval parking lot racetrack in New York City. Career Mode is very challenging starting you out in a racetrack in Calgary, where you have to complete 4 of 5 achievements to move on to the next track, which took me a little while.
The circuits (tracks) continue to add turns and by the time you reach the last track in Minneapolis you may get car sick as you drift your way around this twisting and turning track. Multi-Player game mode can be local or online against a random opponent — and I have to give Ratrod Studios kudos because the connection time to get a race was super quick and the racing was uninterrupted as if I were playing the regular game offline. By far my favorite game mode is Tournament. Tournament lets you race through 2 finals to get to the championship, but pack a lunch because it ain’t easy. Your AI is challenging and as mentioned earlier this race objective is points — not finishing first. There are a bunch of upgrades for your car from adjustable steering, gear differential, weight distribution, and suspension that do not cost money to change, and there are upgrades to handling, engine, car details, and drivetrain that will help you spend your hard earned cash, or you can speed up the process through in app purchase. There are also currently 13 high performance cars complete with stats, 1 comes unlocked with the app purchase and the others can be unlocked.
This game rocks, even though at first I was a fairly poor drift racer, but with a little determination and 50 races later, I was able to unlock a track and partially win a tournament. I also jumped online and raced a few opponents and found that I am not the only poor drift racer playing this game — because I won both races quite easily. For added gameplay, there are 3 difficulty settings and you will start on Medium. I suggest switching to Easy if you’re having a hard time and need to get a little experience. The stock sound track for this app is quite nice and plays throughout, but you can tone things down in settings, if desired you can also switch to a mini steering wheel setup to guide your car, but I would stick with the accelerometer. You can also play your own tunes while playing this game and this app supports a bunch of different languages. If you’re new to Drift Racing, as I am, you will have a blast playing this game. If you’re already into drift racing — you will have twice as much fun. Be sure to watch the Drift Mania Championship 2 iPad App Video Review for a complete look at this iPhone and iPad Games application.
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