The fourth-generation Apple TV is a highly capable gaming machine, but thus far, not many titles have truly taken advantage of the possibilities. Chillingo, a division of Electronic Arts, has recently released Go Rally exclusively to the Apple TV, and the game attempts to serve as truly great example of what you can do on the new set-top box.
Amazing graphics and a variety of cars to choose from
Go Rally does something few racing games do, from my experience. You start the game with enough cash to buy a car, but by the end of your first rally have enough to buy a second car plus upgrade it. There are several rally cars and off-roaders to choose from, allowing you to tailor your ride to the track you’re driving on.
More than 100 tracks to tear across
Speaking of tracks, there are plenty of those to challenge your driving skills. You start the game on a snowy rally path, and move from there to the forest. Even more challenges await you after those first two rallies, too, with more than 100 tracks to unlock and take on. Even better, you’ll run your races under a variety of conditions, from near-blizzard weather to nighttime driving.
Use the Siri Remote or a gamepad controller
You can play Go Rally in two different control modes using your Siri Remote, either choosing to tilt your accessory to steer or tap on the glass touchpad. If you have a Bluetooth Made For iPhone gamepad, you can also use that for the game, allowing you even finer-tuned maneuverability control over your rally racer.
The chink in the armor
There’s one aspect of the game where I don’t think Chillingo is taking full advantage of the Apple TV. You can’t see your opponents, and only know what your position in the race is when it flashes on the screen. Other racing games allow you to see competing cars, so I’m a bit confused as to why Go Rally misses that point. I doubt it’s due to constraints of the platform, since the other titles pull it off without any problems.
Start your engines
Go Rally is exclusively available for the fourth-generation Apple TV. You can find it by searching for “Go Rally” in the tvOS App Store, and the game will cost you $4.99. In addition to the single player rally modes, the game features multiplayer action.
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