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Diversions: Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3 is an App available on the Android (and maybe other devices) made by EA and Firemonkey. If you are into racing and need a bit of time to kill on your phone, check it out. It uses the “freemium” model, which means that it is free to download, free to play and you don’t need to sign up or log in for it, but you can buy credits to upgrade your vehicles with. Graphics are really good! There are, IIRC 27 total race track configurations that are all real tracks, with the exception of the fake Australia track that winds thru the city.

Its a bit slow to load, and thats on an HTC One, but when racing its seemless. Controls are pretty easy, it defaults to traction control, automatic braking for the corners and a steering assist, so you can go like that or tune those down as you like, but these make it real easy to start playing. Upgrades are done by cash earned from races as well as gold coins earned when you level up, 3 coins per level.

Going off-road and colliding with cars will damage your vehicle, and you will need to repair it from time to time, but it doesn’t seem to affect the car during the race itself. Which is good news for me, as I cut the corners to pass people (o= Also, they boast of Time Shifted Multiplayer, or TSM, which is that they take the times of people and then assign that to a car in your race. Its not “how” they raced tho. Its the time only, and the cars generally perform in a “professional” manner.