The story of Death Rally Free is a little confusing. All you really need to know is that you tried to escape from the police and were caught, then were forced to take part in Death Rally. While the story may be lacking in Death Rally Free, the gameplay of the game is more than enough to make up for it.
Death Rally Free's gameplay uses two on-screen controls. One for driving and the other for the special weapon you will use to destroy the other racers. The driving controls have a slightly large learning curve.
Since the game contains an overhead perspective, the controls steer the vehicle in whatever direction you want to drive. With the winding tracks, it can become difficult to accurately control your car. The lack of really precise handling (even with the stats maxed out) is a problem with how the game plays, even on tablets.
When you start Death Rally Free, you are given a weak car outfitted with a single gun. As you race, you collect parts to better weapons like shotguns and missile launchers. During the same races, you can also collect car parts to open new cars to use when you destroy other racers. Collecting is a big part of Death Rally Free.
After each race, your score is tallied by your place in the race, how many other racers you killed, and if you defeated the boss racer. This score converts into useable experience where you can upgrade your cars. Attributes like speed, handling, and even upgrading your special weapon all use experience points.
Races are divided based on difficulty, and your experience converts into in-game fame. Death Rally Free is very addictive and even at beginner difficulty, there is a challenge.
Death Rally Free is an excellent looking game. Car models are detailed and the environments have a lot of smaller details that may not be noticed when first playing. Animations and effects are impressive, considering the scale of the game.
There are some anti-aliasing issues that appear occasionally, but overall the game produces consistent framerates and does not show any drops in performance.
Death Rally Free uses in-app purchases to quickly unlock or upgrade vehicles or weapons. You do not have to pay anything to play the game, but if you want to make the best car faster, you can spend money for better upgrades. Death Rally Free also allows you to earn credits through sponsored actions. The inclusion of paid or sponsored actions is not overbearing and does not rely on massive ads on-screen.
Death Rally Free is an excellent action racing game. It provides a great gameplay experience and challenge.
Death Rally Free supports the following formats
OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration with the performance of Adreno205, Mali400, SGX540, Tegra2 or better
ARM v7 compatible CPU
Android operating system version 2.2 or later.
Tested Devices: Asus EEE Transformer, HTC Desire HD, LG G2X, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid 3, Motorola Photon, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Infuse, Samsung Nexus S, Sony-Ericsson Xperia Arc, Sony-Ericsson Xperia Play