Last fall I slammed Audi’s A4 Driving Challenge pretty hard for sucking in the worst possible way, and now they’re back with another racing title, Truth in 24, which is the iPhone companion to the Le Mans documentary of the same name.
Truth in 24 isn’t the greatest racing game I’ve ever played, but I have to admit it’s a lot better than the Audi A4 disaster! Steering is still controlled by accelerometer movement which has vastly improved since A4, but instead of a top-down view of the track, the game looks more like an updated version of the 80s arcade classic Pole Position.
Fuel and tire tread progressively decline as you complete laps, so there will be times when you need to hit the Pit Stop button to gas up and change the tires by holding one finger on the gas and dragging new tires into place with your right hand. This is a nice touch I suppose, but overall the gameplay is still pretty blah… you’re not trying to beat other cars, just trying to complete as many laps as you can in 10 minutes. Yeah… TEN MINUTES! Get it? It’s an endurance race, just like the real Le Mans. Ugh. The racing action is really pretty decent at first, but good luck staying interested until the clock runs out.
Truth in 24’s graphics are good, the sound is pretty similar to a hair dryer if you listen to it long enough, and my guess is that this game will have a pretty short shelf life on your device. Still, it’s a free game so what the heck… if you’re into iPhone racing, give it a try. Just be sure to lower your expectations despite the pretty screenshots.