Race Illegal: High Speed 3D iPad Review

Race Illegal: High Speed 3D proves the old saying, you get what you pay for. Chillingo's $0.99 app is neither fast or furious. You control a variety of muscle machines, but they might as well be horse drawn carriages. The result is a game that simply cannot compete with the best the iPhone and iPad have to offer.

Part of the problem is originality, or lack thereof. We've seen it all before in countless racing titles, with goals that include drifting for points, destroying rivals and maintaining a set speed throughout a race, all in the hope of earning virtual currency.

That would be OK if the game was fun, but the developers dropped the ball. The sports cars putter along the tracks with little sensation of speed. You can also forget about manual acceleration. The cars move automatically.

What's more, each track seems too perfect, with hills created using sharp angles that fail to mimic real world locations.

On top of that, we think the characters (probably the designers) look creepy, with shoddy mouth and eye movements. As for the palm trees that dot the landscape, this bizarre animation makes them pulse. What's that supposed to be? The wind? Awful.

Factor in a lack of multiplayer and sub par graphics, and Race Illegal: High Speed 3D is the biggest waste of a buck we've seen on the App Store in quite some time. Do yourself a favor get your racing fix elsewhere.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

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What's Hot: Only costs a buck, universal.

What's Not: Lame objectives, creepy looking characters, scary palm trees, slow racing, no multiplayer, disappointing graphics.