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The best in touch-screen racingReal Racing 3 is finally here, and though the freemium model can get annoying, it's still the best racing game on iOS or Android.
Hi, everybody. Welcome to Tap That App. I'm Jason Parker and this is the show where we talk about the hottest apps in the mobile space. Real Racing has been one of the most popular racing games in iOS for good reason. Real World cars, tight controls and amazing graphics make them no-brainer for iOS gaming fans. But now we finally have the latest installment in Real Racing III. While this is definitely the best for the series, some people may be turned off by the game somewhat intrusive freemium model. Let's first look at the game itself. There is no doubt Real Racing III delivers the most realistic ways and experience on iOS devices. Everything from the car models and textures to the life like physiques as you speed around Real World tracks, fully emerges you into the racing experience. You have a number of different control options with selection for tilting your device to steer or using an on-screen steering wheel. There are also driver assist that help you with steering, traction and breaking into turns if you're worried about the difficulty of the game early on. But as you get used to speeding around the track, you can turn off the assist and rely on your own reaction times. In Real Racing III, you need to win races to make money and earn fame points, which allow you to upgrade your current car or buy new cars to qualify for different racing series. With your first car, you will be qualified for the Pure Stock Challenge and the Road Car International. Each of which have a series of races you can compete in that include cups, elimination rounds, head-to-head challenges and even drag races. Once you run enough money, you'll definitely wanna upgrade your car because in the later races of each series, your opponent's cars will get better as well. Choose from engine, drive train, breaks and tire upgrades. Each of which will give you an edge in your next race. But here is where the freemium model comes into play. Everytime you need to repair your car or commit to an upgrade, there's a wait time associated with each service. You can choose to turn the game off for a little while to wait it out or take the quick route if using your gold coins for a media gratification. You only get a limited number of gold coins to start but you'll earn more as you move up in levels. Real Racing III lets you use real money to buy both in-game cash to buy new cars and gold coins to speed up upgrades and repairs. It's a little frustrating to battle the time delays but I noticed it gets much easier when you've made enough money to buy more than one car. When one car goes down for service, just look to the other car. Even with the freemium model, Real Racing III still holds the crown as the best racing game on iOS. Anyone who like the earlier versions of the game or just like speeding around the race track should definitely tap this app immediately. That's it for today's show. If you have any suggestions, hit me up on Twitter at jparkercnet. I'm Jason Parker for CNET, thanks for watching.