BoomBoom Racing ($0.99) by Activ8 Game studios Co., Ltd. puts you behind the wheel of a large automobile. And you may ask yourself, “Where does this highway go to?” Or you may ask yourself “Why have aliens taken control of Earth’s cars?”
It seems invaders are controlling the cars to drain the planet’s energy (don’t ask me).
But what’s more important is that it’s your job to rid the cars before they can carry out the invaders’ plan. Five drivers with supernatural cars dare to stand up to them.
Starting out the game, you play as Thor (not the Avenger) in his blue (greased) lightning car. Save up enough gold to unlock the other drivers: Princess, Volcano, Shadow, and Saint, as well as modifications to make them really killer.
Each car comes with its own special ability. Thor’s car has “Thor’s Anger,” which will use bolts of lightning to eliminate multiple cars on the screen.
After you complete a brief tutorial that teaches you how to drive and eliminate the matching cars, you’re set free to start playing for real. The idea is that as you travel down the highway, you want to line your car up with matching colored cars of two or more.
While playing on the iPad, I noticed that the graphics went past the screen’s edges. This proved to be distracting as well as limiting in responsiveness.
For example, cycling through the cars in the garage was a chore because I had to put my finger on the right spot (and it almost seemed for the right amount of time, too).
Activating the Thor’s Anger button was problematic because either it took too long to register me pressing it, or I pressed it accidentally while moving the car.
I can only guess that this game was made for the iPhone but then had the graphics stretched out to make it a universal app. Whatever the case, the game handled much better when I played on my iPhone.
For being a paid app at $0.99, there seems to be a ceiling of playability that caps any progress.
Unlocking the other cars or updating Thor’s car either require a lot of gameplay or spending even more to get there faster. If the latter is the case, then offer the app for free.
I really wanted to like this app, given its unique spin on a matching game. However, the poor and unresponsive interface and difficult gameplay didn’t win me over. iPad users need not apply.