Before I begin I have to say thank you to the folks at I Fight Bears as well as Tea and Cheese for sending me a copy of this game for my review.
I should also mention that I was reviewing the game on a Samsung Galaxy S4 so my review will be reflective of the performance of the game on that device.
You basically drive a car down a track starting at the back of the field. You basically encounter somewhere in the region of 10 other racers. Once you have completed enough races in one of the many environments you will unlock the next environment.
To win a race, you will need to either overtake your way to the front or destroy the rival racers using the missiles that your car is equipped with. You can even slam them to the side of the road if you are so inclined.
There is no accelerate or brake as such as the game keeps on accelerating for you. However, you can either tap the left or right hand side of your screen in order to steer left or right.
In addition to the missiles you also have a boost system in the game. After a certain amount of time your boost meter will fill up and you can give your car a temporary speed boost.
There is also a leaderboard system where you can submit your time to the Google Play Games leaderboard on Android (or Game Center on iOS). That way you can see how well you are doing against your friends and other players worldwide.
Another mechanic of the game is the in-game currency. You can earn it by finishing well in races as well as driving on the wrong side of the road. You can use this money for buying upgrades to your car or to buy a new car if you want.
Maximum Car has a bit of a feel of Megarace about it (a 1990s on-rails racing game), in that you are allowed to shoot your rivals to get rid of them.
This also has a feel of burnout to it in that you are able to slam your rivals from behind or slam your rivals to the side of the road. I must say that it’s a satisfying feeling destroying a car with a direct hit from my missile or hitting the boost to slam my opponent to the side of the road.
I was playing this game on a Samsung Galaxy S4. In terms of performance I did find that the game tends to slow down when there are a few cars on the screen. With that said the game tends to be slightly faster when I am in first place. On my iPad 4, the game ran very smoothly even when there was a lot of traffic.
Long story short you will get a better experience with Maximum car on newer, more powerful devices (such as the iPad 4/iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S6).
Whilst this is more of a personal preference, I have to say that it took me a bit of time to get used to tapping on the left or right hand side of the screen to steer.
Additionally drifting can take a bit of practise but you will find getting round the corners will be a lot easier. I would like to see the option to allow you to steer the car left or right by tilting.
Final score: 8 out of 10.
Maximum Car is an really fun game to play. With good music, good graphics and all around fun gameplay I would definitely recommend checking it out.
Long story short this is what Burnout with missiles might be like on iOS or Android. For me, the only thing that would make it a little bit better is an online multiplayer mode where you can race against other players at the same time.