Solid 3D graphics and a robust physics engine is usually enough to satisfy most racing fans on any gaming platform, but is it enough for people who play racing games on the mobile platform? One of the racing games with solid 3D graphics and a robust physics engine is Speed Forge for Android phones. It may be pretty to look at, but does it satisfy Android gamer's need for speed? Let us find out.
Graphics and Sounds (4 out of 5)
Racing games with full 3D graphics are always nice to look at and they also make the player feel that the racing experience is more realistic, especially if the graphics are complemented by sounds and physical elements like realistic physics behavior and accelerometer control. Speed Forge for Android phones is definitely one of those games with its crisp 3D graphics and highly detailed backgrounds. It is just stunning to look at. For its visually appealing graphics and mood-setting sounds, it gets a good rating.
User Interface (4 out of 5)
There is not much user interface to talk about. Aside from the menus which are minimal, the game itself does not offer much control, which is fabulous when it comes to racing games because you need as much screen real estate as you can get to view all the racing action and to see as much of the track as possible. In this case, the minimal user interface works for the game. It gets a rating of 4 out of 5.
Game Design (3 out of 5)
Aside from displaying the graphics engine capabilities of Android phones, the game does not really bring much to the table as far as innovation is concerned. It is just all about finishing the game in the fastest time possible, beating your computer opponents. There is also the matter of picking up and using weapons such as missiles and mines to put your opponents off course, but that seems to be a standard feature in most fictional racing games from Mario Kart to Wipeout. For hardcore racing game fans, this may not be enough to make Speed Forge a must-have game for their Android phones. It gets an average rating for game design.
Features (3 out of 5)
The game puts the spotlight on the gorgeous full 3D graphics and realistic physics engine, but it offers more than that. It has 6 different race tracks and 3 different types of vehicles, each with its own physical attributes. Three difficulty levels give the player challenges of different intensities, but they may not be enough to satisfy racing game fans who want more out of their racing games. The lack of online multiplayer capability is a big drawback for a mobile racing game. It gets a 3 out of 5 rating for its features list.
Conclusion (3 out of 5)
Speed Forge for Android phones may look pretty and is in fact a decent racing game with innovative accelerometer controls and a realistic physics engine, but the excitement over these highlights will wear off soon enough. After it wears off, the player will be left with a simple racing game with no online multiplayer support which is almost a requirement for a lot of the top mobile games available. It gets an overall rating of 3 out of 5.