CSR Racing Review – Timing is Everything!

On November 13, 2012

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CSR Racing Review – Timing is Everything!

Our rating:

By: NaturalMotion Games Limited

Version #: 1.1.1

Date Released: 2012-10-25

Developer: CSR Racing Support

Price: Free

User Rating:

This free racing game has been clinging around the top charts for a really long time and now, I get to review it. Judging by Apple’s algorithm, CSR Racing is the best racing game, being the first result to pop up on searching the keyword ‘racing‘.

But there is a catch, here! By racing, this game doesn’t refer to the conventional races like we have seen on NFS or Real Racing. This one is rather a draft race where shifting gears is your winning strategy. No brakes or turns, only shift ups and downs. The camera view is from the side, where you can keep your eye on the opponent, always. On the screen are an accelerator on right, and gear paddles on each side (we wish their arrangements were customizable).
The race starts when you rev your ride and warm it up. Once the countdown touches zero, accelerate till you hit the green spot and shift up and so on, till you beat your neighbor to the checkerboard on road. Notifications to get ready, the current gear, your speed and race progress are displayed to back you up. Although this sounds easy, even slight variations in timing can lose it for you. If you are a person who drive a lot, the gear shifts will faintly give you an on-road feeling.

The interface and story-line have remarkable similarity with that of NFS Most wanted. The maps with various event locations, racing to the top of the list, modifications for your ride etc seem to be inspired from the EA master-piece. There are 5 tiers of 5 members each and you have to beat’em all to be the ultimate champion. Of course, that is not going to be easy and it not only takes your skill but also your cars’ specs. You have to regularly upgrade your ride if you want to kiss the trophies. The cash from winning races won’t be sufficient and you will mostly need to use your credit card.  The graphics of the game is really good for a free game and the sounds are effective as well.

A really  hate worthy feature is the fuel, which goes on depleting after each race. So, if you feel addicted to the game, you are out of luck as you might not be able to play more than 10 games at a time. Believe me, this is going to be a problem since each race lasts only about 20 secs and you are sure to want more. The fuel will automatically refill after about 15 mins or you can buy fuel with some real cash. Also, the races donot have a restart option rather they do, but are grayed out. I am not sure why this happens (will keep you posted).

Despite some short comings, CSR Racing emerges as one of the best and unique games in the category. Though not the exact race as you would expect, this game surely gives the kick of one. After all, half a million people who rated this game 4.5+ cant be all wrong!

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes, this game is awesome

Learning Curve:Medium, takes some time to get into the grip

Who Is It For:For tenagers

What I Like:Graphics, Sound Effects and Price

What I Don't Like:Camera view from back would have been better

Final Statement:If you are fond of free quality games, donot miss this one

Read the Developer's Notes:
Race your dream car in the ultimate test: a drag race along deserted city streets. CSR Racing combines stunning, high-fidelity graphics with addictive gameplay to create a new type of racing experience.

Upgrade your Audi R8, BMW M3 or Chevy Corvette with turbos, nitrous injection and aerodynamic tweaks to beat tougher and tougher opponents. And when you’re ready, it’s time to challenge the crews that rule the city.

Featuring a breakthrough in graphics fidelity, CSR Racing smashes the barriers between consoles and your iPhone or iPad. Full retina resolution and next-gen lighting combine to beat any 1080p console racing game on the market.

Officially licensed cars from Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, GM, Mini and Nissan; incl. Audi R8, Ford GT, Chevrolet Camaro, Nissan GT-R, BMW M3 and a few surprises!

? Now includes the Pagani Huayra hypercar!

R8 vs GT-R. Corvette vs M3. Your car against theirs. In a straight line. It's about power, skill and tactics. Hit the right revs and let that turbo work. But deploy the nitrous at the wrong time, and you're toast.

Choose from turbos, engine stages, ECU tweaks, racing tires and much more to strategically upgrade your car to fit your driving style. But remember: no two cars are the same – don't overload a RWD on skinny tires with power it can't handle.

Make a statement with custom license plates, custom paints and original custom decals.

You are not alone. The crews that rule the city are watching you, and you will soon face their best drivers. Beat their bosses, and you'll take over their district. So far so good – but all is not what it seems…


Make sure you play online to gain access to the latest content and features, and to ensure that your profile is backed up online.

PLEASE NOTE! CSR Racing is free to play, but it contains items that can be purchased for real money. You can toggle these purchases on/off in the "Restrictions" menu on your device.

* Works on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen), and iPad, iPad 2 and New iPad. *

Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

CSR Racing is published by NaturalMotion Games


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From the first iPod Touch till the new iPad Mini, Roshan has loved each of his iDevices and has been busy tweaking and getting the most out of them. As a Med student from India, he splits his time between studying corpse and writing about his iOS passion. When not on the web, you could find him glued to TV Shows, movies or the bed! Recently, he has taken upon the role of an appreneur and is currently working on a revolutionary new app, Cyan for Facebook.

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