EA Chillingo have a new 3D isometric overhead endless runner that harkens back to the glory days of automobiles. Vertigo Racing brings 10 classic cars from many eras of cars, if you are a car fan then you will definitely enjoy collecting them all. I understand that not everyone reading this is a car fan so for you, there is a challenging race in the style of Outrun and other arcade retro racing games. At first, I hated Vertigo Racing as it just came off as another endless runner that I cannot stand. Then I got my first trophy and upgraded my car a bit and the fun began.
At first you are going to probably hate Vertigo Racing. The car is unruly and the road seems WAY too narrow for you to survive long. Give it some time. Upgrade your car a bit, I would focus on fuel and damage early on (you are going to hit a lot of stuff till you get used to the mechanics). After you have dialed in the controls (gas and brakes but so much deeper) you will find yourself needing more acceleration and even more speed so upgrade those as you see fit.
Let’s discuss the actual controls a bit. You are only required to work the gas and the brakes in Vertigo Racing. Sounds simple, right? Well, there are the cliffs, turns and wonkiness of your car to worry about. You will meet those cliffs more often than any other means of demise in Vertigo Racing. Other than gas and brake you have no control over your car, much like other endless running games, the controls are kept as simple as possible.
You may be asking why I like Vertigo Racing if I cannot stand endless running games. Simple. The feel of VR is more along the lines of retro arcade titles like Outrun. The car is not stuck on the track no matter what, if you power through a turn you risk falling off the cliff. If you don’t power through that turn enough, you risk running out of fuel before the next checkpoint so you have to feather the gas/brake combo to survive. That is what separates Vertigo Racing from similar endless running games- there is actual strategy to the racing here.
Vertigo Racing by EA Chillingo
Genre: Endless running, arcade
Platform: Android (ZTE ZMAX 2 used for review) and iPhone
In App Purchases: Yes
Rated: E for Everyone on Google Play and 4+ on iTunes
Available now on Google Play and the iTunes App Store