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(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really a full fledged game review as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a certain game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know whether it’s worth your time/money or not.)

Ok. This one may not be for everyone, but definitely for the gear-heads of the SNAPP Family!!

Torque Burnout released on the App Store at the end of 2015. It’s actually borderline “From The Attic” material, but developer, League of Monkeys have been doing a great job keeping it current, there’s no reason it should be in the iOS Attic.

Like I said, this game may not be for everyone. It plays towards a niche audience. It’s hard to describe the game to be honest. Torque Burnout is pretty much like the title says, it’s a game about burnouts. It’s not a racing game except for racing the clock.

When Torque Burnout first released, I was pretty excited, but after a few days of doing donuts, I kind of got bored with it and put it aside. Every so often I’d fire it up and do a couple runs and put it back away. Well, the past couple weeks, I’ve really spent some time with it and started figuring things out. Now, I can’t seem to put it down.

Once I got the hang of things, I figured out that TB is a lot deeper than just doing donuts. With the exception of the 24 pre-made challenges, “Freestyle” is where it’s at. You have 60 seconds to rack up as much points as possible and try and beat 3 other opponents. You can’t just sit there doing donuts and expect to win. You need to burnout with style! This can be anything from drifting, crab walking, figure eights, or just coming as close to berriars as possible. The key is to keep the crowd hyped. With the crowd being excited, you can use a special “slow motion mode” or nitrous. I’m a fan of the nitro myself.

Besides the driving, you are also paying attention to the heat and wear of your tires and your engine temperature. If your tires get hot, they wear faster. If they wear down too fast, they blow before the show is over. Same goes for your engine. If that goes, it’s game over for you! All this can be modified in the garage. There are tons of different tires to choose from, engines to upgrade, vehicles to purchase, rims, paint jobs, you name it!

Things get pretty technical once you start upgrading your engine. You need to match your tires to the power of your car. If you’ve got a souped up motor and some cheap rubber around your rims, you aren’t going to get very far before they blow out. If you have really good tires with a stock engine, your wheels aren’t going to be spinning and you’ll be doing nothing but hitting walls. It’s all about finding that perfect balance.

There’s a ton more packed into this 762 MB snugget. Everything from creating tournaments, adding modifiers to the track, getting 3 stars on all the challenges, to leveling your driver and cars up so you can start tweaking the suspension, brakes, tire PSI, and more. I didn’t even touch on how beautiful the game looks!

I know I’m a bit late on this one, but if you are a gear-head or at least a fan of racing games, Torque Burnout is definitely worth checking out. If you’ve played it before and wasn’t feeling it, I’d say give it another chance. Once things start clicking, the game is a blast.

Torque Burnout
Price: Free+

@hashtagNOEN (busting figure eights all day long)