Road Rage Ahead

I often fantasize about mounting a gigantic megaphone on top of my car so that other drivers can hear all the filthy things I’m yelling at them when I’m behind the wheel. Yes, everyone sucks at driving but ME!!!!! This has nothing to do with Road Rage Ahead, I’m just letting you know.

Now, about this app… it’s both annoying and addictive at the same time! It’s annoying because I hate “scrolling” across screens with multiple swipes like an inchworm (but maybe that’s on purpose?), and it’s addictive because it basically puts you in the role of a hugely over-glorified crossing guard which sounds really simple but it’s totally not.

Your mission in this app is to control the flow of traffic through various scenarios by tapping on intersections and other traffic zones (ie: construction areas and railroad crossings). Luckily nobody on these roads ever seems interested in turning, but it’s still hard enough as it is with traffic moving in mostly straight lines.

Road Rage Ahead has two play modes, Levels and The Grid. Levels has 10 challenges, each of which presents a different goal that usually involves moving a certain number of cars through town with no more than (x) road rage incidents, all being accomplished within a limited timeframe. Road rage happens when people get sick of waiting and start wigging out which is signified by a pissed off red frowny face on their vehicle.

The Grid is much more straightforward… all you have to do is keep traffic moving for as long as you can without letting cars get backed up off the edge of the map. Yep, that’s it. The entire world can be on the verge of going on a roadside shooting spree, and you still won’t be called a loser until the cars get way backed up! Again, it sounds easy but it definitely isn’t.

Controlling the flow of traffic through intersections is really simple – all you have to do is give a quick tap on an intersection and traffic on all sides will obey your finger. It’s like changing the traffic light from green to red, or vice versa. Like I said before, though, the most aggravating thing in this game is that it refuses to recognize your finger swipe as a fluid motion, meaning that if you move your finger right-to-left one inch, that’s all the scrolling you get. The screen won’t roll off to the side and reveal the rest of the map under the inertia of your powerful swipes, and this might be by design but it really makes me mad!

On the plus side, though, is this game’s ability to “drive” you so crazy that you can’t put it down! Ryan Eade built in a nice Safari-based global scoreboard for players of The Grid and, even though that definitely can be a motivator to keep playing, the addictiveness is in the gameplay itself. The controls are easy enough (except for scrolling), and the mission is simple, but frustration will fuel your desire to become the greatest crossing guard the world has ever known!

Sound and graphics are both decent but nothing to get too excited about… the lack of music or continuous ambient road sounds may throw you off initially… but if you like this kind of challenge then it’s definitely worth the $.99 asking price.

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