If you liked the classic 90′s game “Outrun”, you will love Final Freeway. Final Freeway is an excellent third-person “retro” racing game for the iPad and iPhone. This game is supported on all devices running iOS 3.2 or higher. This universal app is only $.99 in the iTunes App Store.
When you first launch Final Freeway, you will notice the game’s slightly pixelated graphics. This gives the game a retro (think early 90′s arcade) feel. You can choose between two difficulties: Normal and Expert. When you choose “Expert”, you will notice that the game gets substantially harder with more traffic and less time to complete the selected track. The different play modes include Time Trial, where you choose your own track, and Shuffled Course, where the game chooses a track for you. There are also several simply-designed race tracks to choose from, taking you from cities to forests.
Once you start a race you will notice that the controls are pretty simple: to drive, hold down the gas pedal button, and to brake, press the brake pedal button. Tilting your device will steer the car. When you begin driving, look towards the top of the screen, where you will see your speed and how much time you have left. Your time will increase as you reach checkpoints. The simplicity of the game controls makes it perfect even for young age groups. If you are looking for a realistic racing game, this game isn’t for you! Final Freeway is meant to be your basic non-competitive and non-serious arcade game. With each race lasting only a few minutes, this game is for the fast-paced retro racer enthusiast.
I think this game is well worth $.99, mainly because of the smooth controls and fun, classic feel. Final Freeway has never felt laggy and has always maintained a high frame rate. The classic feel to this game comes from it’s simple graphics and extremely simple concept: get to the finish line. The fact that you can choose the background music that is playing–preloaded songs or even songs from your iOS device’s music library–makes this game even more enjoyable. The main downfall of this game is that you can only drive one car which appears to be a red Ferrari F50. Overall, I think this game deserves a solid A.