Disc Drivin’, a multiplayer, turn-based, disc-flingin’, race-to-the-finish, has been released by Pixelocity Software and is now available from the app store. With the recent release of an update that brings random online matchmaking functionality, this enjoyable physics-based feud just got a whole lot better.
Disc Drivin’ Pros:
- Clean interface
- Multiple game modes including random online matches
- Easy-to-use controls
- Fun Powers
- Variety of tracks
Disc Drivin’ Cons:
- No social gaming network integration
- Lack of soundtrack
Disc Drivin’ contains 4 modes of play: Online (with friends), Random Online, Pass and Play, and Local Multiplayer (via Wi-fi or Bluetooth). There is no mode to play a single player game against AI opponents. When you begin, you’ll be prompted to set up an account so that you can access the online gameplay. Once you’ve done so, you can search for friends to play against or use the new Random Online mode to play with people from across the world. Races can be played with 2-8 players on 12 different tracks. Once these parameters are set, you’re ready to get after it. Taking turns, you and your opponents use your fingers to flick your disc along an airborne track, using curbs to keep your disc from careening over the edge. There are sections that are missing curbs, which causes any disc that finds itself over the edge to explode and negate your progress, and end your turn.
The track is littered with other obstacles, too, such as oil slicks, puddles, ramps, and bumpers that can have adverse and unwanted effects on your disc. The other tool in your arsenal is the Powers, any of which are available to use once you fill the power bar. The power bar fills as you gain distance, utilize curbs, and bump opponents. The available powers include a turbo boost, brakes, oil slick, bomb, ghost, and jump. To use a power, tap the Power Cycle button on the lower left until the Power Button in the lower right displays the desired power. While your disc is moving, tap the Power Button to activate the Power. When used properly, these can give you a great advantage. Each race is three laps and the first player to cross the finish line is declared the winner.
Graphically, the game has a great look and feel. The backdrop gives a good sense of depth and height, and the tracks are nicely textured. The discs each have a flame design over the player’s color. Animations are smooth, too. A harder flick will result in a more powerful slide, but the discs feel like they are sliding along a rough ground surface rather than a cushion of air like we initially expected. This grip will be necessary to create finesse flicks that keep you from sliding over the edge. There is no soundtrack, but there are sound effects while the discs are moving or Powers are being activated. The controls utilize flicks for movement and taps to initiate Powers. Both worked well and were very responsive. A camera button gives a top-down view of the entire track and each player’s last move is accessible via video replay.
Replay value is terrific, with a variety of modes to enjoy and strategies to employ. You can invite friends via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail, and you have the ability to chat in-game with others. Games can be played asynchronously and you may have up to 20 games being played simultaneously. Push notifications alert you when it’s your move. For $2.99, Disc Drivin’ is a 4.5-Dimple funfest.
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