Island Racer for Mac

Island Racer for Mac


Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
Be the first to rate this product!

Quick Specs

Version:
3.1
File Size:
81.34MB
Date Added:
January 16, 2014
Price:
Free to try; $19.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
13,582
Downloads Last Week:
18
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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.

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

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    The graphics itself are, while they don't look bad, rather outdated, a few nice touches but from a 19.95 game I would expect more.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

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Add Your Review

Quickly sign in with: or Login or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Island Racer
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Previous Versions:

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for Island Racer

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK