You should know the developer Soner Kara from their previous racing game Traffic Racer, and now they have launched Traffic Rider. Not the catchiest of names, but Traffic Rider is a really good racing mobile game. In fact, it’s one of the best and most addictive in the niche I have played in a while. Even though it hast its faults, I quite enjoyed missing out on my life as I played Traffic Rider.
Introduction – The Heard of Traffic Rider
Gameplay is where Traffic Rider shines. It’s fast. It’s addicting. It’s incredibly immersing. It has its controls done right. It offers plenty of play modes, areas, bikes and even day to night transition. You can even play free ride with no challenges and 0 traffic if you like.
The Features – Heart Beat
You race along a direct highway, no turns and twists. You can choose between one-way and two-way highways in some modes whereas the Career mode has its own rules. You will die a lot, of course. In that, you can choose for the game to display blood on your cracked window, or turn it off if you find it distracting.
How can the blood be distracting? The game respawns you when you die. Exactly! No energy system, no limit to the number of re-tries. As long as you are playing a challenge mission and still have the time, you keep respawning. That’s the right approach to get players hooked.
The default scheme is tilt, and it works seamless. You can calibrate the sensitivity in the settings and invert the throttle and brake buttons position. You can also switch to the on screen touch controls, but there is no going wrong with the default system. It shines.
The game has four modes – Career, Endless, Time Trial, and Free Ride.
Career has 40 missions, and that’s where you begin because pretty much everything else is unlockable. So, you need to level up as a player to unlock more modes, more day and night scenes, more bikes. In a career mode, you are tasked with completing X number of overtakes within X seconds, or reach the finish line within an X time. As you progress, the missions become harder, so you will eventually need to unlock a new bike. And at some point you will. Each overtake and combo adds seconds to your time limit, so in the end you always play a little more than the set 40 or 60 seconds per mission.
After a while, you unlock more control perks, like a wheelie and a horn.
Endless mode has one or two-way highways, desert, city and winter scapes, and noon, evening and night settings. The latter two will give you more bonus points. Time trial mode has missions based on well… time, and the same settings as in endless.
Free Ride lets you just drive without thinking about the challenges. Choose from one- or two-way traffic, area and time, traffic density percentage and off you go, driving without limits.
The Garage has an impressive gallery of bikes, most of which will be locked as you start.
Eventually, you will be able to unlock a few more advanced bikes. Some bikes can only be bought for real money. Others for in-game currency you earn by playing.
You have a slew of customization options for each bike. You can upgrade the power, handling and braking, paint it a different color, and buy fancy gloves.
The looks are gorgeous and quite realistic, as in a limited visibility at night, and some gorgeous landscapes at dawn. The citys-capes are beautiful. In its entirety, however, Traffic Rider is an engrossing eye candy, and smooth controls paired with first-person perspective and rich graphics deliver the immersion effect. The sounds of bypassing vehicles add more livelihood while you can turn the music off if it’s not your kind of vibe.
Replay value depends on the kind of personality you are. You can grind to get more cash, and you get the cash even if you fail a mission. I see it becoming a favorite snackable time killer for many players, especially because you can play it offline. But I also see some players losing that addiction edge after a week, or so.
Download – The Heart
Where to download it? Good question!
Android users can download the game HERE.
iOS users can download the game HERE.