Battle Racing Stars (Mobile)

In Battle Racing Stars, race as your favorite Halfbrick characters from games like Raskulls, Jetpack Joyride, and Fruit Ninja.  You’ll run on 2-D platform stages from those games as you jump and dodge obstacles and try to get first place.  It’s available to download free-to-play on mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

Stages will mostly have tiered platforms you can jump up and down from by swiping up and down.  It kind of reminds me of arcade classics like Son Son and Psycho Soldier.  You’ll want to avoid rocks and sticky floors that can slow you down, and run on speed pads and trampolines to give you a boost.  Collect diamonds to refill two buttons on the bottom of the screen.  The boost button will give you a burst of speed, and the weapon button will fire a weapon depending on your level.  It could be projectiles like missiles or fruit, bombs to lay behind you, or a shield.  Try to come in first place at the end of the stage.  Sometimes it’s just one lap, other times it may be two.

After winning, a trophy meter will fill and when it reaches a milestone, you’ll unlock something good, such as new stages to race on.  You’ll also get booster packs that act like a pack of cards.  After waiting a while for them to open, you can get goodies like gold and cards that can level up your characters or unlock new ones.  The game claims you’re racing against other people online, but I’m suspicious that it’s like how they trick you to think you’re racing others in Mario Kart Tour.  It just seems too easy when I race online.  But the game is still a fun little time waster and I enjoyed it a lot more than the last Halfbrick crossover game I reviewed: Magic Brick Wars.

Kid Factor:

You can fire silly weapons at other runners, but they just let out an ‘ouch’ and slow down but come back running again.  And that’s about as violent as it gets.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, and parental supervision is recommended for the in-game ads and purchases.

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