I want to first start off by stating just how pleasantly surprised but how great this little indie game is. Air Race Speed, a techno-themed speed racing game, is a true iOS gem created by Quibic Games.
Air Race Speed is a flying/racing game in which the only way to get to the top is through skill. Skill, as well as the ability to learn, is what governs how you do in this game, nothing else. In this game the player controls one of many small and speedy spacecraft-looking vehicles through a series of tube and tracks filled with obstacles and muddled pathways that require the player to be on their toes, memorize obstacle positions, and react quickly. Air Race Speed is also one of the few games where I played better (astronomically better, in fact) when using the tilt controls as opposed to virtual joysticks, it just felt better that way.
While dodging literally hundreds of unique obstacles it is impossible to ignore just how beautiful and varied the level design is. Whoever builds these tracks over at Qubic games should get a promotion, because they are astonishing. Not only are they extremely detailed and beautifully modeled, but each track looks and feels vastly different from the last. In one level I felt a reminiscent Metroid vibe, while in another I got a much more Alien feel. There are an immense amount of different obstacles, too many alternate pathways to count, and thousands of different ways to play the large list of levels. I’m not sure what kind of spaceship or simulated world this game takes place in, but from broken ship parts to giant fans to populated roadways, it’s a hell of a fun place to speed around.
The techno-dub music in this game matches the world almost perfectly in its Tron-like landscapes. Plenty of ups and downs, bass drops and high pitched electronic noises that immerse you in the intense racing experience.
The kicker here is that aside from the long list of levels and ships you can play with, there are also 3 different level types/game modes. On specific different levels you will 1) Complete the course as quickly and as cleanly as possible with a ship of your choice, with crashes counting against you in the form of time penalties 2) Drive your vehicle through a series of rings as quickly and cleanly as possible and 3) Fly your vehicle as far as you can down a track of increasingly dense obstacles as your vehicle becomes faster over time. All 3 game types are incredibly fun, and even more challenging for those who wish to attain all 3 stars on each map.
Overall, Air Speed Race is an incredibly polished iOS racing game with a plethora of options for the player, along with an expansive list of beautifully designed maps and music tracks. For all you iOS gamers, I’d definitely give this game a shot. 9.5/10