It probably seems like we’re covering at least one Freemium title every week and it’s usually about building a town or growing a farm , once in awhile we get to see something a little bit different. In this case it’s CSR Racing that tries to put together a racer with the concepts of Freemium to it.
This time around you’re not having to collect carrots or the like, instead you’ll need to fine tune your car. Here you can upgrade your nitrous, wheels, engine, turbo or oh-so-many other car parts that’ll whet the appetite of any virtual car enthusiast. How this is done is either by spending earnings you make in each race, or coughing up some real money.
The races are drag races where for the most part are played out as a timing mini-game. Is it time to change gears? So, tap on the screen and change the gear. Do this until the race is over. While there’s a couple other things in each race such as pressing on the gas pedal before the race and being able to use nitrous, CSR Racing never manages to drive past mediocrity.
Now that I’ve touched upon the upgrading portion as well as the racing, here’s the downside (and I thought the racing part was the downside…). If you don’t throw down lots of real cash expect your racing career to crawl if not stall. Say you actually win a lot and stockpile handfuls of cash? Guess what, you’ll never be able to purchase another car (with the exception of the starter cars) because they can only be purchased with real cash. Kinda blows.
The Bottom Line: 5/10 (Mediocre)
CSR Racing is a really cool concept with fantastic graphics. The Freemium is kinda a rip-off.