Review: Aero Racer
Release Date: March 11 2010
Price: $4.99 / £3.99 / E4.99
What I liked:
- Easy To Use Controls
- Sharp, Simple Graphics
- Packed With Content
What I disliked:
- Easy To Learn, Difficult To Master
- Problems Inherent To The Minis Program
Halfbrick seems to have always been a firm supporter of the minis program, and certainly seem to know their way around the handheld. As it stands, Aero Racer is a great game, and a fantastic addition to the minis line-up, with the only problem with the game stemming from its status as a mini.
Aero Racer is filled to the brim with hours of content, ranging from a selection of 25 levels running the gamut of GP’s to Quick Races. The game certainly has a good amount of content for its asking price, and the sheer breadth of content on display makes it a sure-fire way to use up an hour or two. But it also makes for a great game to simply pick up and play for 5 minutes. It also helps that the game is extremely visually appealing, with bright, solid colors and a silky smooth frame-rate helping to make the game appear extremely inviting, with the music providing decent beats to race to.
In terms of gameplay, Aero Racer certainly is easy to play, but difficult to master. The tutorial in the game does an admirable job in teaching you how to maneuver through the game’s many twists and turns, but it’ll take a good few go’s before you’re racing like a pro. I found myself crashing all about the course in my initial play sessions, before finally managing to master the intricacies of the drifting the game expects you to do. Expect to drift a lot.
However, if there is one caveat of Aero Racer as a game, it is the limitations of the mini’s service that the game has to abide to. The lack of ad-hoc multiplayer and time-based leaderboards could have made this game truly addictive, but without these features, it still stands on its feet (though it’s not quite as tall as it could have been).
Aero Racer is a great little arcade racer, and presents excellent value for money. If it wasn’t for the limitations of the minis service, it would easily stand as the best title in minis. As it happens, its still a great game, with fun controls and more content than you can shake a stick at.