Death Rally

 
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Part racing game, part all-out brawler.

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Ease of play

The controls are a bit more challenging than in most racing games because players have to control their weapon commands just as much as their directional and acceleration commands. In the end, it's a bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time -- it feels awkward at first, but becomes natural once you get used to it.

Violence

This is an intense racing game filled with weapons and explosions. It's not a competition to see who is the fastest racer; it's a brawl to see who can create the most explosive mayhem. Players equip their vehicles with all manner of machine guns, rifles, and bomb launchers and are encouraged to go wild when they hit the race track. That being said, all of the violence is contained on the track, and instead of people shooting guns at one another, it's cars and trucks shooting. That drastically diminishes the impact, although it isn't completely detached from human violence, because icons of the drivers occasionally appear over their cars.

Sex
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Language

Characters occasionally use the words "damn" and "hell" in dialogue.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Death Rally lives up to its name in that it provides a lot of frenetic action with weapons and explosions. However, the depiction is contained exclusively to vehicular destruction. There is no human violence, except for the fact that driver icons appear over the cars during the race. The action is presented from a top-down perspective, and there are no glorifying visual effects like zooming in or slow motion. Nevertheless, this is a racing game where the actual racing takes a backseat to the combative action. Players can customize their cars with gun turrets for maximum destruction.

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It would be difficult to call DEATH RALLY a true racing game, a shooting game, or a fighting game, but it has elements of all those genres. It's a unique game, and scores points for that reason. Even though it does glorify vehicular destruction, it's a far cry from games like Grand Theft Auto because the scope of violence is limited, and is presented as a functional element of the game -- taking out other cars makes it easier to win the race. The intensity of the constant explosions adds an element of excitement, without being gory or over-the-top, and helps to differentiate this title from other games. In the end, the violent theme should not be overlooked, but it's presented in a way that makes it edgy without being gratuitous. For appropriate audiences, it's an enjoyable experience.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:April 9, 2011
Category:Racing Games
Publisher:Remedy Entertainment Ltd
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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