Codemasters' F1 Challenge Will Push Your Maneuvering Skills to its Limits
When it comes offering authentic Formula One racing games, there's no company quite like Codemasters. With several installments of their F1 series already out for PC and console fans, what's left for mobile gamers? If you do happen to prefer playing something portable, then F1 Challenge might be just what you're looking for. Just like other Codemasters titles, this one is an officially licensed by none other than Formula One World Championship Limited. It features more than 90 racing events, more than enough to give you your daily dose of high-octane thrills and spills. It also has race events, time trials and more fun things for the casual racing enthusiast.
Even if you've already played the PC games, F1 Challenge offers something a little different. For starters, the controls are intuitive enough even for complete novices to master. All you need to do is to touch down or up the right half of the screen to turn. In a tight spot? To get a timely boost, tap on the left half of the screen. This activates the K.E.R.S (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) and gives you an edge over the competition if you use it at the right time. Speaking of an edge, there's no need to play with a disadvantage. Left-handed players can switch up the controls to put the boost on the right and so on.
Now, you might be wondering where the brakes are. Well, that one's handled automatically. So is acceleration. So basically, all you need to mind is when and where you're maneuvering your set of wheels. Like we said, the system is easy enough to learn even if this is your first time to play a racing game. For those who aren't new to the circuit, this makes for the perfect time waster.
All Your Favorite Teams and Drivers
As its name suggests, F1 Challenge has a wealth of challenges just waiting for you to try. There are over 90 of them to be exact. Take on all of tour favorite racing stars and re-enact pivotal events from 2012's edge of your seat season. The challenges are tailor-made, based on that championship, giving you a chance to take part in the action. In case you keep updated with all the current happenings in the sport, then you might want to know that the teams have remained as they were that season so, for instance, Mercedes still has Michael Schumacher.
If you're not much for current stats, then be ready. F1 Challenge lets you race against the best of the best. Expect to go up against Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen from team Lotus F1. Every team and every driver is represented in this title, making it the definitive mobile racing game of the season.
Release Date: 20/12/2013
Available on: iOS, Android
A Sense of Accomplishment
Another element this title has that isn't in its console counterpart is the ability to unlock every single one of the challenges off the bat. While it may sound tempting to do so, this essentially removes the need for you to push yourself to improve, stripping a chunk of the game play's draw. However, the option is perfect for anybody who just wants to play a few minutes of the game, every now and then.
Determined to push past every rival in your way? Aside from unlocking new challenges, you also get a chance to unlock a collection of interesting Formula One stats in-game. Learn all about teams and their drivers, facts about the cars they drive and even the championship's tracks. Successfully completing missions earns you stars. Collect enough of them and you get to move on to the next set of challenges. The only catch here is that you can't always use a single team when completing them. If you've got your mind set on conquering all the challenges, you will have to switch between them in order to gain enough stars. This mechanic may sound like a hassle but trust us, it's a very effective tool to ensure that you go out of your comfort zone to enjoy all that the game has to offer.
While F1 Challenge has enough elements to keep it at the top of the list, it isn't flawless by any means. The tracks are displayed using a top-down perspective, which works but it would have been nice to have several types of camera views. Being able to see the game from, say, the driver's seat makes for a completely different kind of experience. The graphics can also use some improvements, seeing as there are already some free-to-play racers with slicker visuals out in the market. Who wouldn't want to see more realistic weather effects or better lighting? With grass that looks flat and roads that resemble seamless website backgrounds, the game's textures would also benefit from a bit more (or less) polish for a believable look.
Overall, F1 Challenge still has a ways to go in terms of presentation but it's not lacking in content. There are more than enough things to keep you coming back to it, regardless if you're a veteran racing fan or are new to the genre. Play F1 Challenge if you're looking for some portable high-octane action. You won't regret it.
F1 Challenge is developed by Reliance Games.