Mini Motor Racing (sold separately in HD for iPad), the newest title from the folks at The Binary Mill, is a beautiful and enjoyable top-down racer. Full of tracks, leaderboards, and unlockables, Mini Motor Racing is a bonus-filled frenetic dash to the finish line, a pint-sized race both racing fans and casual iOS gamers can pick up and enjoy for hours on end.
An arcade racer with the pedigree of a rally car game, Mini Motor Racing combines simple controls with short, twist-filled courses that emphasize skill over luck, but not the point of frustration. Grasping one of the various control schemes is a breeze, and it won’t be long before players are sliding around corners and zipping down straightaways.
Winning races unlocks more cups and awards cash for buying new cars and applying different upgrades, and with 17 different cups to complete, there are a lot of courses waiting to be mastered. Cup races don’t have to be played in order, but all must be gold-trophied to move onto the next cup, which include Christmas and Fruit Ninja-themed courses, among others.
Mini Motor Racing‘s 11 small, but ingeniously designed tracks all have their own day/night and reversed incarnations, upping the ‘total’ track amount to over 30. There is a familiar structure to every track, but there is enough variety in the courses to keep them feeling fresh and challenging.
At times, the isometric view of the course can create awkward views around obstructed corners, which makes finding the perfect racing line a bit difficult, though this hardly takes away from the game experience.
It’s not the most difficult game around, but its visceral appeal and longevity is both appealing and unique among the plethora of Mario Kart and Real Racing clones in the App Store, absent of frills like silly car physics and goofy weapons. The lack of online multiplayer is odd, but is a minor gripe for one of the top-tier racing titles in the App Store. Mini Motor Racing provides a deep, gorgeous, and addictive experience.