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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

Mobile Game Review of "Death Race: The Movie Game"

Otherwise known as Death Race:tmg, this is a movie tie-in for that new remake of Death Race 2000. Some blah-blah about this prison where the inmates are racing cars for entertainment under supervision of the warden... and how this innocent driver is asked to take over for a dead guy to continue his legend. Blah blah blah. How does it play? Hmmm... Feels a bit like Mario Kart at times.

The graphics aren't the greatest. Certainly not even close to Speed Racer (mobile). It's basically a rehash of the "Driver:LA Undercover" mobile game engine. It's a curious mixture of 2D and 3D together. The result isn't that bad, but it isn't that good either.

As a game... Well, the idea is don't make mistakes, and always have a weapon ready to kill someone both ahead in in front of you. That's what's fun about this game... Initially you start out UNARMED. You have to hit a "powerup" on the course to enable the offensive (or defensive) weapons. Mines are good for defense, while guns are good for offense. You also run into occasional missiles, which should be saved for the guy in front of you (if any!). Don't forget to kill other cars and hit "nitro" powerups to keep going fast... And don't make mistakes as that'll almost guarantee a loss as you can't get the places back in time to matter.

There are "four episodes", which serve as a bit of "prequel" to the movie, I guess. Each episode have you do a couple races (must finish in top 3 to continue), and a couple other events like "kill as many cars on track as possible", or "destroy X amount of objects on track". You end with a race against a boss, which means you have 3 laps to kill him with the various weapons, while he tries to kill you as well.

Once the car gets up to speed, the game gets a bit exciting as you need to drive, avoid obstacles such as burning barrels, other cars, and such, while put your weapons on other drivers. Otherwise, there' is never enough Nitro around for you to go fas fast as you really want.

All in all, Death Race TMG manages to bring a bit of the movie to your handset. It's not bad, but it could be better, though there are a lot of parts to get and lots of races and variations to go through. It's competent, nothing more.

Overall rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: not bad for circuit racing with guns and weapons
Cons: that's all there is?

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