Racing

Take a break from playing with all the new features of Windows Phone 8.1 and play some actual games. If you’re into racing games, it may be worthwhile to check out Uber Racer. The game has been available for iOS for a while, but now Windows Phone users can play it too. It’s not related to the popular car booking service, in case you were wondering.

Head past the break to watch our gameplay video.

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Race The Stig is an endless runner styled game for Windows Phone 8 where you take on Top Gear’s driver, the Stig. You will need to stay a car length ahead of Stig while you jump over parked cars, dodge parked semi-trailer, and weave in and out of traffic.

For those not familiar, Top Gear is a popular BBC motoring show (you also have a U.S. variation on the History Channel). The Stig is a character from the show whose primary role is to set lap times for cars showcased on Top Gear. The game was recently released on iOS, Android and Windows Phone and after spending a little time with the game, it is an enjoyable game to pass the time with. Catch the full review after the break.

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If you’ve got the need for speed, you’re going to like Traffic Racer. The endless racing game has been available for iOS and Android, but it’s now on Windows Phone 8 as well. Drive your car through highway traffic, earn cash, upgrade your car and buy new ones. It has great 3D graphics with smooth and realistic car handling.

Head past the break for our hands on video and walkthrough.

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Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Racing Games

Racing Games can be a highly addictive past time from our Windows Phones and the Store has a respectable collection of racing titles to choose from.  You have boat-racing games, motorcycle-racing games, automobile racing games and even airplane racing games. 

In this week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup, we take a look at four racing titles that will appeal to everyone’s need for speed.  We do stray from the path a little and take you out from behind the wheel with to of the games in this week's roundup.  Each title is an entertaining option to consider and are appealing additions to the Windows Phone gaming library.

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And here’s another one! Yesterday I wrote about the popular Android game – Sky Cups – arriving on Windows Phone, and then we learnt that Hill Climb Racing has also hit the Store.

Hill Climb Racing is a very popular game on Android, judging from a 4.7 rating with over 900,000 reviews, and is known as one of the most addictive and entertaining physics based driving game.

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If you're in the market for a fast paced game for your Windows Phone 8 device, take a look at Dhoom:3 The Game. It is the official game for the upcoming action/adventure movie Dhoom:3 that is due out in theaters later this year.

In a nutshell, Dhoom:3 The Game is an endless runner game played on a motorcycle. You run the streets of Chicago, staying one step ahead of the cops and avoiding hazards such as light posts, traffic and walls. You collect coins along the way that can be used to buy new bikes, new racing suits, and power-ups.  The further you travel, the higher your score.

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Street Outlaws has arrived in the Windows Phone 8 store with fantastic graphics, challenging game play and MOGA Pro support.

Drift Mania: Street Outlaws, the official gaming title, is a racing game focused on the art of drifting. You race across a wide variety of venues ranging from the Swiss Alps to the streets of San Francisco.  Thirteen tracks in all to master, sixty achievements to conquer, and forty performance upgrades to unlock gives Street Outlaws plenty of gaming to keep you busy.

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Awesome Chase is a new Windows Phone 8 game that puts you in the middle of a combat arena where you have to drive your car through various open courses, battling enemy cars, blowing them up and collecting various odds and ends.

Awesome Chase four game modes, four car classes, sixteen power-ups and six different gaming arenas. It is a fast paced game for your Windows Phone 8 device that has a certain level of appeal.

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Reckless Racing Ultimate is an Xbox Live title for Windows 8 that has you behind the wheel and tackling a wide range of road and dirt tracks.

Reckless Racing Ultimate features 24 vehicles, 20 career mode cups to win, 50 arcade challenges and more than 150 customizable events. Graphics are outstanding, game play challenging and Reckless Racing Ultimate is an entertaining game for your Windows 8 computer, be it a laptop, desktop or tablet.

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Rage on Wheels is a motorcycle racing game for your Windows Phone with a bit of a combat twist to it. Rage on Wheels has 3D graphics, four game modes and a dynamic physics engine that offers fairly realistic motorcycle handling.

Game play is challenging enough to keep you interested in things but controls take a little time to get used to.  Rage on Wheels has the potential of being an entertaining Windows Phone game but as is, it may leave you a little frustrated.

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Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Racing Games
Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Racing Games

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

This week's Windows Phone Central roundup is focused on racing games. Windows Phone games that have you racing the clock, an opponent or the bad guy.

These games are entertaining ways to pass the time with and won't fetch you a traffic citation as you peg out the speedometer. We picked four titles that caught our eye but keep in mind, these gaming only scratch the surface of the racing games available.

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Drag Racing is a outstanding Windows Phone 8 game where you can race over fifty different cars down a 1/4 or 1/2 mile strip. You can race against the computer or other Drag Racing players (randomly chosen) in various racing modes.

The game was update the other day to version 1.0.0.7 and adds a Friends option to the race menu where you can go head to head against specific members.

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Turbo Racing League is a Windows Phone 8 companion game for the DreamWorks Studio movie, "Turbo". The story line behind the movie is about a garden snail who dreams of being a world class racer. Turbo Racing League has you playing the role of the snail, competing across nine different race tracks.

Turbo Racing League has fantastic graphics and animations, game play that doesn't grow stale, and enough upgrades to keep things competitive. As an added bonus, Verizon is sponsoring a $1,000,000 Shell-Out Contest. You have weekly contests to race and the ten fastest racers will earn cash prizes from a pool of $500,000. First place winners from each week will win trip to Los Angeles to compete for $500,00 in cash prizes during a grand finale event.

You can find all the fine print on the Shell-Out Contest here and head on past the break to read more on Turbo Racing League.

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Drag Racing is a new game for your Windows Phone 8 device that has over fifty officially licensed cars that you can race down the strip. Everything from compact sports cars to muscle cars to sedans.

Drag Racing has plenty of upgrades to enhance your cars performance that can be purchased with your race winnings. You can race against the computer or choose an online opponent to challenge.  We've only messed with Drag Racing for about an hour and it comes across as a fun game for short bits of time as well as longer, marathon gaming sessions.

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Go Kart 3D is a simple racing game for your Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices. You race around a handful of race tracks in your go-kart trying to post the best time.

You do have computerized competition but for the most part, the clock is your opponent. Graphics are nice, controls are responsive but there just seems to be something missing with Go-Kart 3D.

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One of the big advantages for developers on Windows Phone 8 is the ability to use new gaming engines to drive the graphics. Unity is such an example, and it’s used by many gaming houses for development. The problem previously was that developers would have to rewrite their games specifically for Windows Phone with degradation in performance and appearance. Between the time and the final product, most developers walked away.

We’ve been anticipating the first Unity-driven game for Windows Phone 8 for some time and that day is evidently upon us. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore tweeted today that Drift Mania Championship 2 is the first game on Windows Phone to feature the Unity engine. The game runs for $1.99 with no trial and weighs in at 200MB.

The game itself is your typical racer game, complete with car customizations and head to head battles, but it also features the whole ‘drifting’ sub-genre where through controlled skids, you drift through turns. Doing so will get you points and doing it with flare even more so.

Peep our hands on video after the break...

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