Fast & Furious 6 is now racing into theaters with brand new over the top car stunt action. There’s an iOS game to go along with the movie, and it’s all about street drag racing. Fast & Furious 6: The Game is awfully familiar as it’s set-up as nearly a carbon copy of CSR Racing, and that’s despite the fact that it comes from a different developer. If you’re familiar with CSR Racing, then you know it’s not a good thing to have another game like it. In the FF6 game, the races are tied subtly to the movie storyline as you’re racing in London, and there are specific challenges from the crew members.
Each race is relatively the same, and familiar as you time your start to get the perfect launch, and then swipe to shift gears just before your RPM meter reaches the red zone. That is all you do in the drag races in an attempt to beat your opponent, and it’s just what you do in CSR Racing. There’s a new mode in FF6 that introduces drifting to separate races for a somewhat unique challenge. Drifting couldn’t be easier though as you simply press and hold the drift button when entering a drift zone, and release once you exit that zone. That’s the only nuance in the whole game, and everything is overly simplistic to the point that the game tells you when to get ready to shift, and slows down to highlight that a drift zone is coming up. To make matters worse, each race seems to be more dependent upon the car, than the skill of the driver.
The game is absolutely packed with content with a story mode spanning five sectors on the map with each sector offering nine story missions, drag and drift ladder competitions, daily challenges, and harder drag and drift challenges. The only problem is that every race is exactly the same, and there’s just a whole lot of repetition that really just involves timing your taps. Since the game is like CSR: Racing, there’s a deluxe freemium model at work, and that’s in addition to the game being an ad itself. There are tons of unlockable and upgradeable cars, but the most insulting aspect is the gas tank. You can only race five times before your gas tank depletes, and then you have to wait for it to recharge, or spend to fill it up immediately. There are two in-game currencies with coins and gold, and the gas tank of course requires the harder to come by gold. Underneath it all there’s some fast paced drag racing, but it is overly simplistic, and uninviting on a long term basis due to the restrictive monetization on top of being an ad for the movie.
Fast & Furious 6: The Game (Free, Universal) is a bland and basic movie tie-in that couldn’t be more simplistic and restrictive.