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Official Formula One games are very hard to come across as they are rarely made. The only one I remember was F1 2009, but that was only for iOS devices, which was very unfortunate. Now though, a new official Formula One game has been released called F1 Challenge. Will it live up to the high expectations though?
[Just to point things out, this game is based on the 2012 Formula One season.]
The menu in the game is simple to navigate, with the menu on the left for settings, in-app purchases and music on/off etc. and the menu on the bottom to select the teams in which you can select your desired challenge. Once you the desired team, you have to select the challenges. Unfortunately, most of the challenges are locked and require you to pay money to unlock challenges in a game that already costs quite a lot (in app terms).
When you start a challenge, you will notice a very striking resemblance to F1 Online (which is actually quite a fun game to play). There are only 2 sets of controls: Sliding your finger along the right side of the screen to steer your car and tapping the left side of the screen to use KERS. Unfortunately, these controls cannot be changed. As the player, you can only see a strip of track which rotates around after turns. You also see the AI drivers and bits of grass and run off areas. The level of graphical detail in the game itself isn't very high and the sounds seem very dull. As a gamer, you would want to be in full control of what you're doing, right? Wrong! In this game, the game automatically accelerates and decelerates when it gets to a certain point before a corner. You would need to have prepared very early to steer in or react quickly to be able to turn into tight hairpins.
This game is a very big disappointment. I've played all of Codemasters F1 games (Since 2009) and I've also played F1 Online. In the main F1 game series, you have full control of what you're going and it's got some great graphics! In F1 Online, you have a different view of things, but you still have a lot of control of what you're doing and it also has good graphics. F1 Challenge feels like a very simplified version of F1 Online which doesn't give the player much control, has graphics which are below what most people expect and wants us to pay more for something even though we should be entitled to it right from the start.
This is a game which I would recommend all F1 fans stay away from, as it is a game that feels cheap, plays cheap and costs quite a lot for an Android game. Even if this game is free, I'd still stay away from it...