Island Racer for Mac

Island Racer for Mac

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    13,825
  • Date Added:
    January 16, 2014
  • File Size:
    81.34MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    16
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8

Editors' Review

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Island Racer is a racing game for those who don't need hard-core vehicle simulations. You drive a car through a variety of tracks, including off-road, and nudging your opponents off the road not just allowed by encouraged. Island Racer installs on Macs easily. There is a Lite version, which is free but limited, while the full copy will cost you $4.99.

Island Racer lets you choose your car silhouette and color, and then gives you a third-person behind-the-car view as you steer around the tracks. Island Racer can generate track and scenery in real time, so each track can be different. The graphics are good in a cartoonish manner but not outstanding, although some of the vehicle damage images look strange. The problem we had with Island Racer is simply that once you've steered through a track or two, the playability goes down because they all start to look and behave the same. There's not enough variety for long-term enjoyment for most people, and the physics and damage modeling are too simplistic for hard-core race simulation fans. There is an online competition mode that may be more thrilling for many.

Island Racer is a mixed bag. It's good for a few runs, but we suspect boredom will set in after a few races. Of course, this kind of racing game may be exactly what you are looking for, so the free Island Racer Lite version is worth a try if you like racing games.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Island Racers 2.5.3.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 4 stars

    "Hm"

    October 05, 2009   |   By honigferd

    Version: Island Racer 1.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    As much as I'd love to like it, it just feels too much like the Unity3D racing-game tutorial, physics wise. The random terrain feature is actually a very great idea and it works.

    The graphics itself are, while they don't look bad, rather outdated, a few nice touches but from a 19.95 game I would expect more.

    The driving itself is quite horrid, it's not arcade'ish or a proper simulation. The turning circle at low speeds doesn't match the alignment of the tires. The tires are screeching permanently when you're on the throttle.

    The engine sound and revving is just the same sample pitched up, which sounds more annoying than anything.

    I didn't even find a menu entry to quit the game, CMD+Q however worked.

    I'm sorry, but "It's not finished." is about the best I can say about this game. It needs some serious work.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 3.1
    • Streamlined purchase and unlocking process.
    • PayPal integration that avoids entering an email address after a license is purchased.
    • An email verification system to avoid entering the key code to unlock the game.
    General
    Publisher baKno
    Publisher web site http://www.bakno.com
    Release Date January 16, 2014
    Date Added January 16, 2014
    Version 3.1
    Category
    Category Games
    Subcategory Driving Games
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 81.34MB
    File Name IslandRacer.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 13,825
    Downloads Last Week 16
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations Not available
    Price $19.95

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