Set in the dark alleys and deserted streets of the City of Angels, Fast & Furious Adrenaline is an iPhone game that tests your abilities in wheel-to-wheel street racing and gang allegiances. No, the game doesn’t in any way shape or form adhere to gang violence, but if you’ve seen the movie franchise, then you’ll know that Fast & Furious is as much high-octane, NOS-fueled street racing as it is a study on the dynamics of turf warfare in Los Angeles.

In the game, you play as an upstart racer determined to ingrain your name into any of four rival racing teams all with the objective of usurping your rival crews’ territories.

As a die-hard and loyal member of your crew, you race against your rivals not just to determine a race winner, but also to stake claim to your rival’s territories. It’s a nice game to play if you want to take a different route from all the straight-up racing games on the iPhone. If for nothing else, this game is all about bragging rights, both in race wins and crew supremacy.

Details after the jump.

Graphics

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The graphics for the game are pretty decent. The cars are a little boxy and pixilated, but the redeeming value is that the background graphics are pretty good. It doesn’t try to overpopulate the senses, yet it’s detailed enough that it doesn’t look like your racing in a barren field or a poorly developed city block.

Controls

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The controls for the game certainly leave a lot be desired. They aren’t as sensitive as they should be, especially when you consider that this game relies a lot on high-speeds and car collisions. Another thing that we found a little annoying is the singular race view of the game. Coming from people who enjoy in-car views more than any other view, we were kind of bummed out that the game doesn’t have a camera switch option.

Gameplay

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While it’s not the most graphically pleasing game there is, Fast & Furious Adrenaline does make up for it by featuring a variety of races including regular road races, drag races, time trials, and police car chases, and of course, career mode.

In the beginning of single-player career mode, you’re given the option to choose any one of four available crews, all of which are characters that have appeared in the successful movie franchise. You can opt to join Johnny Trans’ team, Letty’s, Hector’s or even Brian O’Conner’s.

Unlike other racing games, Adrenaline isn’t all about being first to the finish line, but more so on establishing your gang’s territorial boundaries. Win more races and you extend your crew’s borders. But in winning these turfs, you’re also given the added responsibility of defending them to make sure that rival gangs can’t infiltrate your zones.

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Cars are also a little disappointing considering that it could have been made a whole lot better than what the game presents. While there are plenty of choices as far as models go – you win a new car for every level up you make – customization was somehow left out of the whole game, making it virtually impossible to fine-tune your newly won vehicles. On the bright side, there’s still NOS. That’s always a great thing.

A few things that we didn’t particularly like about the game – and this is a growing concern among a lot of racing games in various platforms – is the seeming lack of realism when it comes to collisions. Last we checked, drag races use real cars and not bumper cars, which somehow is what the cars on the game look like. Hit a car at blazing speeds and they just bounce off of you looking as fresh as newly painted dragsters. Would’ve been a lot better if there was some car damage in the game, wouldn’t it?

Pricing

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The game costs $1.99 - which is down from the entry price of $5.99 - and is currently available at the iTunes store. At $5.99, we would have given the green light to purchase, albeit with a little trepidation. But at $1.99, it’s cheap enough to give it a go without feeling bad about it.

Awesome Scale

Score: 6.5

We’ve played better games in this platform - that much is true. But there’s still something alluring about jumping over trains in a muscle car while being chased by cop cars. We’ll give them bonus points for that.

What do others think?

IGN’s Take: "Fast & Furious Adrenaline is a completely playable racer, but doesn’t possess the drama needed to push it to the front of the pack. "

What do you think?
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16 comments:

  (467) posted on 05.12.2011

If you can’t get enough of the film, try playing it using your iPhone. I like playing street car racing online and this one is definitely a good game for all ages. All you have to do is to win the game, fight against your rivals and of course bring supremacy afterwards.

  (559) posted on 04.18.2011

Yeah, I do agree with Empi_rador just leave this thing to the pro! I have played a game that has better platform than this. Well, its up to you if you want to spend few bucks for this but I think its not reasonable at all!

  (473) posted on 03.30.2011

Well, the graphics are not that good its kind of 3d games. Oh please, just leave the game to GT, NFS, Forza and xbox. BTW, Fast & Furious focus on your upcoming movie! 

  (134) posted on 02.8.2011

I really liked the first two, and I’ve enjoyed almost everything Iplay has done besides FF, I can’t wait. Thanks for treating TA to inside info.

  (257) posted on 02.8.2011

I love how people say this game looks good and GT Motor Academy looks terrible... its good for fast and furious, and it could be fun, but it doesn’t LOOK good, not compared to a lot of other racers.. the textures are very muddy

  (498) posted on 02.6.2011

They’re really hard to see on the poster because the colored lines and the text are obscuring it, however you can see a part of one of the below the "E" in five.

  (417) posted on 02.6.2011

The car in the foreground is a 1968-1969 Dodge Charger. Just behind the front edge of the door are these two weird little character lines in the sheet metal which are unique to that car.

  (340) posted on 12.16.2010

dang I cant imagine that this is baby has no trial version,,, i guess i have to rely more on feedbacks and reviews.

  (1333) posted on 12.15.2010

the graphics does look more like a Need for Speed Underground 1, but I really don’t know about the gameplay. but it looks promising.

  (461) posted on 12.15.2010

Racing and Fast & Furious fans everywhere will, for the first time, be able to share their dominance in the world of underground street racing through innovative social network and connectivity features.

  (808) posted on 12.14.2010

agree.. most of the Ipad user has this game in their Ipads. and I’ve already seen one.. and I must admit that i was amazed with the gameplay and graphics.

  (807) posted on 12.14.2010

In the latest version of the award winning Fast & Furious game series, dominate the underground street racing scene and defend your turf with 35 stunning cars and over 4 iconic locations. Explore an all new game experience with online leaderboards and multiplayer challenges. Share your best drives with Facebook Video upload!

  (111) posted on 12.14.2010

I think on the iphone 4 retina display this game is gorgeous! I remember the days (2000) when I was playing Need for speed, Porsche. After 10 years you have same power in your pocket! And even better graphics

  (765) posted on 12.13.2010

Been playing this game on and off all night, haven’t tried the multiplayer yet though. Having fun taking snapshots of some of the cool jumps during races.

  (555) posted on 12.13.2010

Ipad applications are stating to popping up, I guess this is a great profit for apple, first the Ipod to I touch to Iphone and now the IPAD... kudos to apple for a the success.

  (708) posted on 12.12.2010

cool, the game looks interesting, also the graphics is kinda cool. but don’t get y yet.. you wouldn’t get this for free of course.

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