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Best iPhone games: Slingshot Racing

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Best iPhone games: Slingshot Racing

Also available on:
iPad (HD)

Too many mobile racers take the console game experience and try and cram it all into your iPhone; Slingshot Racing is better than all of those games precisely because it doesn't.

Snowbolt Interactive developed Slingshot Racing exclusively for iOS, and it shows. There are no virtual joysticks or other compromises here, just a one-touch control scheme dependent upon super-precise timing. Your snowmobile drives by itself, and touching the screen latches onto the pivots which sit at each corner. As your vehicle turns the corner, lifting your thumb from the screen at the right time dictates the angle at which you are released. Because you can't 'steer' the vehicle in the traditional sense, how you exited that last corner won't be corrected until the next corner's slingshot. It's very, very easy to hang on either too long or not long enough, but as a result, success in Slingshot Racing is immensely satisfying.

In later races, the difference between victory and defeat is tiny. You are constantly correcting your line, and mastering a course requires rhythm action-style timing. Once tracks are committed to muscle memory, sloppy wide runs turn into tight, corner-hugging triumphs. A drumroll-backed slow-motion effect on passing the line first lends your wins a little extra flourish.

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Brass and steel are the principle tones here, and though some brighter primary colours might have brightened up Slingshot Racing's looks a little, the industrialised, steampunky aesthetic is fitting for a game so dependent on mechanics. The detail and quality in Snowbolt's visual design is impressive on iPhone, even despite the game's overhead viewpoint. Naturally, though, iPad's bigger screen is better suited for appreciating Slingshot Racing's looks at their very best.

Race length is innately suited to mobile quick-burst play, and a beefy career mode ensures that Slingshot Racing won't be discarded quickly. There's good variety here, a mix of straight races, sweeping up collectibles, time trials and a survival mode. The game's latest update even features turn-based online multiplayer through your Game Centre friends or by random matchmaking.

Slingshot Racing is a finely-tuned iOS racer which takes a simple premise and turns it into a remarkably subtle game of precision and timing. Ditch the unsatisfactory virtual controls of other racers and download this instead.

Slingshot Racing is £0.69p on the App Store. Download it here.