Deliverace hands-on (with video)

Yee Haw! Squeal like a pig boy… we got’s ourselves a race up in here! Today we got our hands on Pixelbite’s upcoming game ‘Deliverace’, a top down racer with a nod to games such as Super Sprint and Micro Machines V3.

What makes this game really stand out are it’s visuals. A highly detailed 3D engine gives everything a toy-like model village feel, with textures that look almost tangible. The style very much reminded me of a similar game on the GBA, the critically acclaimed but mainly unknown Karnajj Rally.

A play on words of the film Deliverance – the well known 70s movie starring Burt Reynolds and John Vioght who fall foul to a bunch of Hillbillies – the game presents racing across a similar slice of deep south US. You’ll get behind the wheel of pickup trucks, 18 wheelers and a Dodge Charger that bares more than a striking resemblance to The General lee. Various tracks are available taking in the sights and sounds of the country, across three game types. Dirt rally is a single player campaign where you take on computer controlled drivers as you race for gold to unlock new tracks and become champion. Then there is Hot Lap, a time trial event where you can race against online ghost cars, and finally the last type is Delivery, a crazy taxi style game where you must pick up and deliver items around the map within the time limit. As well as those single player modes the game boasts local and online multiplayer, though we have yet to test that out.

The game offers a menu of control methods to suit all players. The default mode is touch based, where you simply tap on the left and right icons to steer, and the gas or brake buttons to speed up, slow down, or move forward and reverse. Other control options include two types of virtual touch based steering wheels, along the lines of Horror Racing, as well as a tilt option with or without auto gas. All control options worked well, but the default controls worked best for me. Each car handles differently, but all had a great sense of weight to them, allowing you to power-slide around corners to gain ground on your opponents. Not to mention create some great doughnuts!

The build we played is still very much in development, but as it stands Deliverace is shaping up to be a stand out racer on the platform. Stay tuned for further news on this game, but in the meantime check out the screens and video of our hands-on time below.

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  • Torbjorn Kamblad, Sweden

    Awesome. Looks as fun as the classic Supercars 2 for the Amiga.

  • lecomte88

    the graphics are very nice on this game

  • Bob

    Beautiful graphics (despite the grainy video).
    Are the controls lacking or was that was some truly terrible driving?

  • Nigel Wood

    No, the controls are great. It’s not easy playing the game via the video camera screen.

    As for the video quality, try looking at it in 720p (HD)

  • mik3sh

    Just wondering, how it runs on 3G. Have you tested it?

  • Nigel Wood

    The preview build was only setup for my 3GS I’m afraid, so I couldn’t test it on a 3G model.

  • Jas

    Based on the video, the controls appears frutsrating and awkward in use.

  • Nigel Wood

    jas, that is simply not the case… it’s hard to control it with a camera between me and my iPhone! and cables int eh way without knocking the camera over ;)

  • AnotherTim

    Wow, looks great. I’ve been waiting for a fun top-down racer on the iPhone.

    As for Nigel’s driving, well that’s what happens when you tell a Brit to drive on the right side of the road. ;)

  • Nigel’s New Friend

    That looks AMAZING!
    I would love to beta test this thing. Yes, I have beta testing experience on the Iphone/Ipod.

  • Nathan Mustafa

    ^^^ Nigel look out your window, you have a new friend.

  • illegal Eagle

    when is the release due on?