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One-finger racing

Touch Racing Nitro lets you race around complex tracks with sharp curves, jumps, and obstacles using only one finger to control your car.

Touch Racing Nitro lets you race around complex tracks with sharp curves, jumps, and obstacles using only one finger to control your car. The game offers a tutorial for learning the one-finger controls, and we recommend starting there first, because it's a little tricky. The two main game modes in Touch Racing Nitro are the Free Racing mode and the Tournament mode. Free racing comes in handy to practice your one-finger driving skills with no time limits and no opponents. But once you start a Tournament, you'll need to race against three computer-controlled opponents and try for the best position to unlock tracks and more Tournaments. As you progress you'll be able to compete in indoor races, 4x4 Monster Truck races, and the high-speed Supertrax Cup. There are 12 vehicles in all (along with custom paint jobs) and 18 challenging tracks to explore.

The control system in Touch Racing Nitro takes time to learn and the one-finger racing--though effective--is not without its drawbacks. The idea is that you touch the track ahead of your car to make it accelerate; the farther away from your car you touch, the faster you go. When you want to slow down for sharp turns, bring your finger closer to your car. After some practice we were able to be competitive with the computer racers, but the biggest problem was not being able to see enough of the track. Unfortunately, the one-finger racing mechanic often means your finger and hand obscure large parts of the screen while racing. Clearly this is not ideal and may even be a good argument for grabbing the iPad version (should you decide to buy an iPad). Though I think Touch Racing Nitro has a lot to offer with a unique control system, several tracks, and challenging race modes, we're not sure it's worth the $3.99 (at the time of this review). In other words: it's a good game, but you may want to wait for a price drop.

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