Pocket Racing 2 (Free) by Measured Software is an extremely simple game. The sequel stays true to the original app with the same game controls. Unlike a tilt-to-turn racing game, users tap on the left and right side of the screen to turn. Pocket Racing 2 introduces visible buttons for users to see and tap.
This type of racing game takes a while to master. It is surprisingly difficult to maneuver around the track. Conveniently, there is also a practice mode for users to learn and master the controls.
There are three modes of gameplay, Tour (with World Tour and practice modes), Time Trial, and Cone Challenge.
The Tour mode is the classic racing mode where players race as one of four cars on eight different circuits. Time Trial allows users to race on empty tracks and see how fast they can complete it. The final mode is Cone Challenge. Here, players try to complete the track with a high level of accuracy by driving through each pair of cones.
The cones are connected with a white line and the next pair of cones in the sequence is highlighted in orange. Going through the cones earns points; players do not have to go through the cones perfectly, they can knock cones from the inside and still receive points. However, missing pairs of cones deducts points.
If users become tired of the original four cars, there is an option to upgrade to one of two additional car packs, each for $0.99. The two packs are Super Cars and Grand Prix. Upgrading car packs also unlocks additional cone challenge levels.
Pocket Racing 2 does not currently support Game Center or OpenFeint leaderboards. Instead they have their own leaderboards and achievements. These can be accessed through the stats option from the main menu.
Aside from the gameplay, the app is very well designed. It is easy to navigate through and access different game modes. The app's interface is a step up from the original with much nicer graphics.
Overall, Pocket Racing 2 is a fun game for all ages. It is not the easiest game to pick up and play, but with a little practice it can be very rewarding. For a free app, it is very impressive, so be sure to check it out in the App Store.