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Genre: Racing/Driving :: Players: 1 :: Released: 29/1/07

Autobahn Racer Police Madness Review

Publisher: Disney, Living Mobile :: Developer: Living Mobile

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Plenty of modes to play
It's not all about racing

Cons

Sound could be a bit better
Game is a little easy

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

76

Graphics

78

Sound

75

Controls

76

Playability

79

Lastability

70

Review Details
Handset Sony-Ericsson K600

Anannya Sen’s Review

Review Date: 31/1/07

The latest in the Autobahn series, this time you're on the other side of the law.


We have played both previous versions of Autobahn Raser so we are quite familiar with the game. The 3D version didn't quite live up to expectations (well, maybe it did, but the competition was even tougher) so Living Mobile have resorted to the initial 2D offering that made it enjoyable in the first place.

That's not to say that the 2D graphics are bad, it's just that we are getting more and more accustomed to 3D graphics these days. They are still pretty slick and the detail on the cars is there to see. You only really get a rear view but the backgrounds are very well rendered and contain a lot of shading. Animation is reasonable and at times a little jerky on the acceleration, but the movement is quite crisp. There are some nice little cuts when you shoot tires or when you arrest the perps.

What the game is about this time is playing as the long arm of the law and going after all kinds of crooks and bad guys in your souped up cop car. Now, even with the premise that you're a policeman instead of a racer you might think nothing new, but Living Mobile have tried to at least add some variety to the missions. First there are the many modes from the quick race, single race, the career mode to even the bad cop level where you have to drive around and take people out (it's almost getting a bit like GTA).

In the career mode you play a fledgling rookie sent out of the big city to learn your skills. This involves stopping cars but the racing element isn't the be all. When you get near a perp you have to control your speed so you can scan their car to see what crime they have committed (isn't technology wonderful?). Following that, depending on what type of crook they are you either chase them down and mash their car, overtake them and pull them over or if they are a low level criminal you have a very brief number input game where the end result is you give them a fine. The career mode has a continuing plot and you will also get to unlock other cars, tracks or weapons. The weapons don't mean too much but they are used on some levels to take out the robbers. Then to ensure it doesn't get too repetitive, you have some helicopter levels where you have to control the speed (and therefore height) of your copter and chase the bad guys from the air. These levels let you shoot the cars or call for some support in the form of spiked tracks laid on the road.

Sound is slightly improved on the previous versions as now you can choose between a funky little loop or SFX in the game. Although the SFX is pretty limited to an acceleration noise and a little tone when you pick up bonus items, at least the option is there. The loading tune is the best one and the in game loop is about half of the bars.

Controls are simple, you can press up to go into your pursuit mode and hear your engine roar (the car autoaccelerates otherwise), down slows down and left and right steer. You can use the right soft key to call for aid and in the levels with a weapon press the main button or 5 to fire. The key input parts are self explanatory.

With pick ups in the game (points and damage etc) there are a number of elements to it and the missions are relatively brief. Most of them are also relatively easy and although you may find yourself pressed for time on some, you should be progressing with ease. The career mode is pretty long and what you unlock there you can use in the other modes in the game.

Overall, a well put together game which is fun to play because of the slightly different aspects to it.