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Island Racer for Mac

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  • Date Added:
    Dec. 08, 2016
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    Free to try; $19.95 to buy
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    #11 in Driving Games

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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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4 stars


October 05, 2009  |  By honigferd

2009-10-05 14:03:36  |  By honigferd

 |  Version: Island Racer 1.0.1


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The graphics itself are, while they don't look bad, rather outdated, a few nice touches but from a 19.95 game I would expect more.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

What's new in version 4.0
  • Redesigned intro screen
  • New manual mode
  • Redesigned motor sounds
  • New, speedometer and tachometer
  • One new fantasy car
  • Improved water look
  • User interface localized into 12 different languages
  • In app purchases of License, Tokens or Subscription
  • Important bug fixes
Publisher baKno
Publisher web site
Release Date December 08, 2016
Date Added December 08, 2016
Version 4.0
Category Games
Subcategory Driving Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 81.34MB
File Name
Total Downloads 14,630
Downloads Last Week 0
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $19.95

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