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Draw your racing line, then watch the results

In DrawRace games, you don't maneuver a car around a track in real time. Instead, you draw the path you will take around the track before the race even begins.

DrawRace2 is the sequel to DrawRace, an unconventional but very fun take on racing games for the iPhone. In DrawRace games, you don't drive a car around a track in real time. Instead, you draw the path you will take around the track before the race even begins. When you're done drawing, you watch the race to see how you did.

While it sounds easy, you have to be very precise in the way you draw your line. As you come to sharp turns, for example, you'll need to draw more slowly, then speed up again as you hit straights. When the actual race begins, you only have one control: a turbo button you can use sparingly for a temporary boost out of turns. But often it will be the line you drew that determines whether you win the race.

What's particularly neat about this game is the number of tracks, cars, and racing styles you can play. Winning races gets you new cars and unlocks tracks. As you progress, you'll need to draw racing lines around street ovals, curvy dirt tracks, and even Nascar and Formula speedways. Each type of track, car, and surface must be accounted for as you draw your lines and racing game fans will appreciate designing the perfect line to navigate the track at hand.

Along with the unique style of play, DrawRace2 has excellent graphics with realistic physics, and several environments that are all a joy to play through. Once you think you've mastered the game, you can play online against others or play a head-to-head game on one device (with each player drawing a racing line before the race).

Overall, we were surprised by how much fun it was to plan a race before it happens, and by the attention to detail in this well-made, graphically beautiful racing game. If you like racing games and want to try something different, DrawRace2 is an excellent option.

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