Our first experience of a phone game was probably much like yours, trying to navigate that 8-bit snake-like object around a small black and white screen. Like most aspects of portable technology, mobile gaming has come a very long way. So we decided to catch up with the times and explore the pocket-sized tyre-shredding world that is Torque Burnout.
Torque Burnout is a free phone application that prides itself on being an over-the-top driving game. Available on both iOS and Android devices, the game involves performing the best burnouts, drifts, donuts and skids until your tyres explode.
The game was developed by League of Monkeys, an indie developer from Melbourne who says that Torque Burnout ‘combines the best parts of every racing game ever made’.
The game starts with the typical tutorial stage. This explains the basics in an easy-to-follow format, without becoming tedious.
On-screen controls are surprisingly intuitive, making it very easy to play. The health of your tyres is displayed on the ‘tyre meter’, along with a ‘power-up meter’ that can be refilled using the reputation you earn from completing various stunts.
The game has three playable modes, including Test Drive, Freestyle and Challenge. Test Drive is the most vanilla in its objective; it lets you ‘test drive your ride until you blow your tyres or burn out your engine’. Freestyle mode pits you against other opponents. To win, simply earn the highest score. Challenge mode puts you up against the clock with the aim of gaining the most points before time runs out. There is a Tournament mode coming soon, which will allow you to compete against friends in ‘knockout competitions for higher stakes and higher rewards’.
It was pleasing to see such a wide selection of car choices. It felt very natural doing skids in a VZ Commodore for example, but the game also includes some JDM heroes, classic muscle and even a taxi. The car choice becomes increasingly extravagant as you progress through the levels.
Car customisation includes the ability to change wheels, upgrade the engine and tyres and apply various liveries. The customisation options are very arcade-like, but that suits the nature of the game and makes for fast gameplay.
Torque Burnout looks fantastic, considering its platform the graphics are very detailed and physics are refreshingly accurate. The game is available on Google Play and the App Store for free.
- Intuitive controls
- Impressive graphics
- Good customization options
- Unnecessary in-app purchases
- Can get a little repetitive
- Car audio sounds very synthetic