The word ‘Ridge’ immediately followed by ‘Racer’ is enough to prick up the ears of any videogame racing fanatic. The series includes some of the finest racing games to date, although success on iOS had until now proved elusive.
With Slipstream, though, Ridge Racer has blasted to the front of the pack on your iPhone. The racing feels solid, and the detail in the beautifully rendered tracks is astonishing. Occasionally, there are frame-rate jitters, but you get the feeling Slipstream is really pushing the host hardware, with a level of ambition beyond that of its peers and rivals.
During races, the game’s also more demanding than the likes of Most Wanted and Asphalt 8. There’s an art to timing drifts and nitro is available relatively infrequently, forcing more strategic usage. Slipstreaming provides a further way to hone your skills, taking advantage of the racer in front before smugly zooming past. With these added overheads, Slipstream therefore lacks some of the immediacy of its contemporaries.
Size: 597 MB
Developer: Namco Bandai Games
- + Looks and sounds great
- + Superb racing feel
- - Can be quite demanding
- - Frame-rate not super smooth