When it comes to kart racers in the App Store, quality selections can be hard to find past Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing - which is a little disappointing personally, being a huge fan of the genre. So I walked into Bounty Racer (universal) with pretty low expectations, something that proved to be a grave mistake: it’s a well-rounded racing title with tons of events, character customization, and high-speed action to enjoy.
On the surface, the somewhat vanilla graphics of Bounty Racer might give the appearance of a very simple title, which it definitely isn’t. The game’s six different courses might not feature a ton of detailed background objects, but the branching paths and plethora of shortcuts contained in each one make every single race its own experience, and encourages a lot of experimentation in competing for the top spots on the lap time leaderboards.
Bounty Racer features three different game modes, all of which provide a unique set of challenges for the player. Single Player mode is a traditional set of progressively difficult races across four ‘leagues’ that will unlock the game’s 40 – yes, 40 – different vehicles, along with providing cash for the game’s massive character customization section – which, if the game’s description is correct, allows for over a million different avatars players can race with.
But the real fun of the game comes from the other two modes: Bounty and Multiplayer. Bounty Mode gives players different random challenges to complete, which can lead to huge cash bonuses if completed. The multiplayer mode is the game’s highlight – and the genre’s bread and butter – allowing players to join or create games in one of the four leagues, allowing the more experienced players to challenge each other, and new players to duke it out against less experienced racers who haven’t mastered the system and unlocked the more difficult challenges.
Bounty Racer (universal) isn’t perfect – I’d love to see more courses and in-race power-ups – but its variety of challenges, great tilt and touch controls, and fun, open course designs make it one of the best games of its kind in the App Store. At $1.99, it’s an easy recommendation for both the casual and hardcore racing fan.