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Carmageddon for iOS Game Review

Carmageddon for iOS Game Review

If you were a gamer back in the 90s then you may remember the pre-GTA controversy that arose when Carmageddon was released. For those who are new to it or are too young to remember a time when any game with blood in it would cause horrified parents to try and ban it and have everyone involved with the making of the game executed, Carmageddon is a gloriously violent racing game that allows players to run down innocent pedestrians and rewards them by splattering the screen with blood. It was a simpler time. But now the game has been reworked for iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPod and iPad, the latter being the best platform to enjoy it properly. But does it stand the test of time?

You will notice very early on just how tame the game is these days compared to the ultraviolent offerings kids can buy now and the shock value is more or less gone. In fact the violence is so cheerfully over the top, it adds a sort of nostalgic charm to proceedings and this is what the game offers above all else. It may be rather primitive-looking in this day and age but it is still good, undemanding fun.

The graphics are nothing special and they are certainly nothing compared to those on display in Real Racing but then this is not a game for people after realism, this is a game for people old enough to remember when computer games made fun a priority and you can spend many happy hours screaming around the tracks, ramming your rivals until they burst into flame and taking as many innocent lives as possible as you go. The game has been faithfully recreated here with the stripped down graphics of yesteryear giving it a cartoony look that seems fitting considering the tone of the game.

The controls are not ideal for those who prefer controllers and you will probably find yourself sliding around the track until you get used to it but this shouldn’t take too long and before you know it you’ll be roaring around the 30 courses, performing outlandish stunts and causing general mayhem. The tracks are imaginatively designed and are full of tight bends and ramps, while various challenges to fulfil will add to the replay value.

Carmageddon is neither big nor clever but for juvenile thrills and spills it cannot be equalled. Older gamers will love going back to this childhood classic while younger ones may still find something to like here. It may just look like childish entertainment on the surface, and to be fair it is, but beneath the gore there is a genuinely fun racer here that is perfectly suited to the touchscreen. Various game options and unlockable content means it is a game that will go far and keep you coming back for more and at just $1.99 for a full download from the App Store it offers great value for money.

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