Thumb Drift – Speeding With A Thumb And A Prayer

3.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Design: 4/5
Duration: 3/5

Fast paced action | Super smooth one touch controls | Great 3D design

Same layout each time | The set-up could be better served with specific objectives

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In some racing games, drifting is the most enjoyable aspect. Thumb Drift is a new iOS game that is all about drifting, and it’s made as simple as possible. Your car accelerates automatically, and you simply drag your thumb, or any single finger, and steer your car back and forth through turns. It’s an endless high score challenge that is all about quick pick up and play, and high speed action.
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The single thumb controls are a joy to interact with, and it’s a silky smooth system swinging the car through continuous curves. There’s never a dull moment as your car picks up speed as it rolls down the track. The controls get out of the way to let you focus on the challenge at hand with a great deal of speed as you flow through barriers on both sides of the track. One wrong move leads to destruction, and you can’t help but flinch the first time you see it. The game features a great 3D design highlighted by the destruction of your car as it explodes into parts on contact. It’s great to have such an explanation point of a mistake, and it slightly inspires you to restart.

Thumb Drift is endless, and yet it still offers some nice unlockables to keep you playing. There are four environments in total with each one playing a tad bit differently for a fresh challenge. The problem is that the game presents the same layout for each track every time you play. There are no procedurally generated layouts, making it feel that much more repetitive. Part of the sameness is so you can directly compare your scores with past runs, and friends, but it just feels so much the same at each start. Right when you get into the flow of the action to the point you crash, it feels like you’re crashing again. You also know how long you have been driving with identifiable spots in the environment. The core gameplay is a blast of fun, and combined with the 3D graphics and touch controls make for a great basis of a level based drifting challenge. That just isn’t meant to be in Thumb Drift.

Thumb Drift (Free, Universal) delivers a quick burst of fun that just as quickly fades, but it’s still worth picking up for a free fast paced challenge.

Free, Universal


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2 Comments on "Thumb Drift – Speeding With A Thumb And A Prayer"

  1. mrtruffle February 21, 2016 at 5:19 PM -

    Thanks for the review

    Just to be clear the levels are randomly created each time. And also each level has a different feel. Ice being the one that’s totally different.

    • mactds February 22, 2016 at 9:52 AM -

      I don’t know what’s worse. That the levels are the same each time, or are in fact randomly generated each time, and still look, and more importantly play identically.

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