Fast & Furious Adrenaline, I-play’s latest installment into their Fast and Furious iPhone game franchise features thrilling, hard-to-believe racing against LA’s toughest villains. Easy controls, pleasing visuals, and the current $1.99 price tag make this iPhone racer hard to pass up. But will the gameplay keep you interested? Let’s take a look.
Fast & Furious Adrenaline Pros:
- Sharp graphics for the price
- Outlandish stunts
- Fun cheap gaming for casual racers
Fast & Furious Adrenaline Cons:
- Weak AI opponents
- Able to dominate the LA streets in around 2 hours
Like most other racing games in the App Store, Fast & Furious Adrenaline offers multiple modes of play. Story Mode has the most depth as it takes players through a series of challenges with the goal being total domination of LA’s asphalt. Players begin by choosing a crew to race for. Then it’s an all out turf war to best the competition. Within each section of LA players will progress through battles varying between Cop Chases, Drag Races, Time Trials, and Boss Battles. Winning levels unlocks cars in the garage, and those race locations in Quick Play mode. 35 cars and 4 locations in all are available. Multiplayer mode via bluetooth and wifi network easily brings friends together in quick battles over the horizon.
Fast & Furious Adrenaline gameplay will attract the casual racer. Players accustomed to the dynamics and difficulty level of Real Racing will find F&F Adrenaline a pushover. We’re not kidding -- we were able to beat every level, less one, on the first attempt. The races are just that easy. Hardcore racers may also be turned off by the unbelievable stunts displayed throughout the game. In some instances cars can launch off ramps, across building roofs, and land back on the pavement unscathed. Granted, this isn’t so farfetched when remembering this is a Fast & Furious titled app. With that in mind, players should expect a certain amount of ridiculous hilarity.
Graphics are on par with other racers in the same price class below $2. The cars look fairly realistic and environments are detailed. The frame rate is also adequate and we only experienced lag on one occasion with our iPhone 3GS. Controls are great as vehicles can be maneuvered with tilt, wheel, and tap steering. I-play has provided a thuggish soundtrack to backdrop the game but we preferred listening to our own playlists combined with the engine roar and tire squeal sound effects.
For comparison purposes, we feel the overall experience in Need For Speed: Undercover ($4.99) trumps Fast & Furious Adrenaline in all respects -- story, graphics, gameplay, controls, and length. We were able to finish the latter in around 2 hours. But the multiplayer mode and available video upload to Facebook are attractive elements that NFS: Undercover lacks. Despite the low difficulty level of the game, we found ourselves repeatedly returning to beat Fast & Furious Adrenaline. Casual racers should get a shot of nitrous from this 4-Dimple hotrod.
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