Death Track is too fast for its own good.
If you’re a fan of Android gaming, you may have found yourself wondering, “Where are all the games that have you race through tunnels?” I never thought such a thing, but I’m sure someone has. Those folks may be interested in checking out Death Track. Just a quick heads-up before you do: You’re likely better off saving your time and money and holding onto hope for the future.
Death Track has the visuals of Tron, backed with the idea of an infinite racer. While the four levels (with at least one more on the way) aren’t quite infinite, they can certainly feel that way sometimes. The gameplay is easy to grasp. Your car is constantly speeding forward down a round tunnel, and you press the left and right buttons to speed around the outer edges. Your ultimate goal is to reach the end before time expires or you run out of life.
It’s a familiar concept that’s spiced up with a variety of hazards, upgrades, and items. The hazards typically slow you down and deplete your health and shields. Through points earned from runs, you can upgrade stats like acceleration, health, and speed. You’re also able to buy items such as a nitro boost that gives a temporary speed increase. Speed is the focus of the game, and there’s no shortage of speed.
Speed is also the reason why Death Track gets its name. While zipping down a tunnel at hundreds of miles per hour, you’re bound to lose control once in a while. Such an occurrence is common in fast-paced games, but the control scheme of Death Track doesn’t do it any favors. When your speed is beefed up, it can be difficult to make precision turns, like weaving through numerous hazards. Brace yourself, as you’re going to run into things, you’re going to lose health, and you’re going to fail. And even if you manage to get through a section alive, if you are slowed too much, you won’t beat the time limit and will still meet failure.
If you’re afraid of defeat, you can get around that through memorization. While randomly generated stages are the common trend, Death Track relies on fully-prepared levels. Time trial fanatics who’ve previously completed a track may enjoy going back and beating their time. Those looking for unique challenges may be somewhat disappointed, as the game ultimately boils down to a matter of knowing when to turn, and how much.
As far as extra features go, Death Track disappoints. You get the option to buy more in-game credits, though they’re not hard to earn in the first place. For the competitive crowd, there’s a leaderboard powered by ScoreLoop. The most interesting extra is the first-person mode, which may be the preferred choice for some players, but it doesn’t bring anything special to the table.
Aesthetically, Death Track has plenty of enjoyable qualities. Navigating the menus is simple, the soundtrack is catchy and well-done, and the visuals are easy on the eyes. The deal breaker with Death Track is also the one thing it does best: The speed of the game is intense and exciting, but it can be overwhelming once you get to the point where you struggle to maintain control and end up paying the price. If you’re not afraid of constant failure and poor controls, you may feel charmed by Death Track‘s audiovisual qualities. Sadly, the gameplay annoyances will likely reign supreme.