“African Racer” Web Series Looks Slick On Your iPhone
It’s always nice to find a little kernel of automotive video on your phone to keep you occupied during downtime. The latest offering we’ve come across is dubbed “African Racer,” and you can stream it directly to your iPhone via a new app called Edition_ctreamer, all for the low price of completely free.
“African Racer” follows the exploits of Gavin Rooke, a South African art dealer hell bent on racing vintage Porsche 911/912’s in a variety of hill climbs and desert rallies. The series documents Rooke’s efforts in short segments ranging from just a few seconds to no more than a few minutes in length, making it perfect for anyone looking for something quick and easy to digest. The videos are beautifully shot and edited, with lovely background music to set the mood and background narration to tell the story.
Anyone interested in checking it out can download the Edition_ctreamer app from iTunes here. The app also offers a variety of video topics to explore beyond the automotive sphere.
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Eden Games Enters Mobile Car Game Space With Launch Of Gear Club
French gaming firm Eden Games has had a pretty eventful life, having gone through numerous incarnations before eventually becoming the independent outfit that it is today. Even the development of the company’s first game, Gear Club, took three years before coming to fruition. But now it’s here as Gear Club is now available to download for free at the Apple App Store.
The game is what you expect it to be and it’s being touted as the most advanced and realistic mobile-facing driving game in business today. It’s got a nice list of varying cars to choose from, all of which come with fully simulated engines, powertrains, suspensions, and aerodynamic set-ups. According to Eden Games’ founder David Nadal, Gear Club is unique in that it was developed with goal of paying careful attention to the nuances of each car in the game, something that no other game in the mobile space has done. "In Gear Club, every car behaves differently; some are more agile, some understeer.” Nadal added.
The company itself may be new, but the experience in game development is not. In fact, a lot of the people working with Eden Games have had experience developing popular racing game titles in the past, most notably Need for Speed: Porsche, Test Drive Unlimited, and the V-Rally franchise. It’s the classic case of a group of people going out on their own and using the experiences they learned along the way to serve their new-found purpose.
iPhone and iPad users can already download the game on their devices, but Android users will have to wait a little while longer as their version is still in the pre-registration phase.
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Ken Block has had a lot of airtime in our pages this week. Gymkhana 7 was released earlier this week and we’re proud to admit that it’s been on an endless loop on at least one of our computers. Yay for Block! Double Yay for Gymkhana 7! But Gymkhana 7 isn’t the only thing Block is promoting these days. The pro rally driver has also partnered with game developer Electronic Arts to hype the latter’s new Need for Speed game, No Limits.
Exclusively available in smartphones and tablets, Need for Speed No Limits is being developed by Firemonkeys, the same studio behind the highly successful racing app Real Racing. Now the two developers are partnering to build No Limits with the hopes of turning it into the mobile equivalent of its legendary video games.
It’s got high expectations to meet, but we’re confident that EA and Firemonkeys are more than capable of delivering a product we’ll enjoy. They’ve worked together in the past to bring Need for Speed games into the growing world of mobile entertainment so this latest venture shouldn’t be a problem for them.
Besides, they have Block in the fold to offer some tips on how to drive like a maniac and look good doing it. Maybe we can even see some kind of Gymkhana feature on the game! That’s unlikely, but we can dream, right?
For now, check out the first trailer of Need for Speed No Limits, featuring Ken Block sitting inside his bonkers 1965 Ford Mustang Gymkhana 7 and giving us a sneak peek on what we can expect from the upcoming game.
The video game business is evolving much more rapidly than many movie studios in terms of their broad reach and level of interactivity with the players who devote hours to winning the race, collecting a mad fleet of exotic cars, or even doing the most efficient kill shots on retro robo future zombies. Or something.
The automotive genre of the gaming industry is quite a unique subset. Guys and gals who have never enjoyed most first-person-shooters, RPGs and other fantasy wizard content can somehow really love driving games.
Gran Turismo is obviously the mack daddy franchise, but its lead over the improving Forza, Need for Speed and others is diminishing.
As awesome as GT5 and GT6 are, the level of game play is always pretty serious. It might start out with paint jobs and ECU chips for an old used MX-5 that is now a giant killer, but Gran Turismo gets extremely stressful and difficult as the Mario Kart friendliness of the first tracks becomes the brutal London F1 course, Sardinia rally stage, or the legendary Nordschleife in Nürburg.
The light-hearted escapism of the old Donkey Kong Country series is long gone in this intense generation of lifelike games. Your escape will be directly into the racing cockpit. Your eyes will bleed from starting at the 250 mph warp speed down the Mulsanne straight, hate your own slow-fitted fingers, and maybe - just maybe - win a race or two.
Grand Theft Auto takes a totally different path. Instead of the glamor of the world’s best tracks and circuits, the GTA approach is much more down-to-earth. You are a professional criminal building an empire. But there are guys around every corner who want to be the next Tony Montana also.
So you become a fierce and hardened street tough playing the game. Even in the lush green lawns of posh suburbs, the boys will always be in the basement doing evil deeds and wild burnouts on GTA 5. The goal is to be a fun escape from the reality of speed limits, paying tolls and parking tickets. All the boring parts of life.
So where does the new GTA app fit into this mix? Called iFruit, the new iPhone and iPad apps are companion pieces that integrate with console game play. Build your ideal whip, train your Rottweiler or just browse the enormous game play guide application when stuck.
Is iFruit the perfect time-waster for all those boring hours spent *not* playing GTA 5?
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If you need an idea for a time waster this weekend, we may have an idea for you: Asphalt 7: Heat on iTunes. The game offers you the ability to drive more than 60 cars from the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. The legendary DMC DeLorean is also included on the list.
Players can take their car on 15 tracks set in real cities around the globe, like Hawaii, Paris, London, Miami and Rio. The game also offers a multiplayer mode that allows you to race against 5 friends - locally or online. You can also check the achievements of the other players by using the game’s Asphalt Tracker feature.
There is no possible way to get tired at this game, as it offers 6 different game modes, 15 leagues and 150 different races.
The game was also optimized for 4-inch Retina Display on iPhone 5.
Real Racing was officially unveiled in 2009 and 2013 brings the game’s third installment. Real Racing 3 is produced by Electronic Arts and it is offered for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and most Android devices at no charge.
The game offers a total of 46 licensed vehicles covering three classes, a 22-car grid across real world tracks, eight varied event types and over 900 events. The game is also offered with a neat feature called Time Shifted Multiplayer (TSM) - a multiplayer mode that allows players to race against their friends, even if they have different devices or if they’re offline.
The game also offers hours of gameplay and there is no need for you to pay in order to progress. However, in order to speed up car servicing and upgrade wait times you will need to earn and spend virtual currency. You can earn currency through racing events, leveling-up, obtaining trophies and competing with friends, or you can simply buy it.
The game can be downloaded for free at http://www.firemonkeys.com.au/downloadR3.
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For all of you game addicts out there, "Cie Games" needs no presentation. For those of you who do not know them, we will offer you one more clue: it is the company that has developed "Car Town" - a social network game that allows players to collect and modify virtual cars.
Cie Games announced the launch of the new "Car Town Streets" - a racing game developed in cooperation with International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and specially offered for mobile gaming platforms. Gamers will be able to play it for free on iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
This new game will include "virtual" events and the first one, "Daytona Challenge," will debut today in celebration of the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 24th. Top players for each race will receive a free NASCAR racecar that can produce up to 1,200 horsepower – the fastest car in the game.
The new Car Town Streets will offer gamers the possibility to find, build and race with all their favorite cars, but also form teams and compete in head-to-head race battles. In the future, the game will unlock new race challenges and missions.
You can get the game at Cie Games’ website or at iTunes.
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