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Monday, February 4, 2008
Pole Position Remix Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a new review of Pole Position: Remix, one of several new titles recently released for Apple's iPod. The game gives players the chance to experience the arcade racing action of the original. The Game Room gave Pole Position a score of 2 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

But what ultimately kills Pole Position is the same thing that worked against Sega’s recent release of Sonic the Hedgehog for iPod: the control scheme.

Using the iPod’s Click Wheel seems like, on the surface, a perfect input scheme for a driving game. Just like a steering wheel, you move your thumb clockwise to steer right and counter clockwise to steer left. Unfortunately, there’s no gas pedal or brake available on the iPod. Pole Position counts on you removing your thumb from the Click Wheel when you want to decelerate and keeping it on the Click Wheel to accelerate. If you’re operating a manual transmission, you tap the Center Button to toggle between gears (helpful to control the car through hairpin turns, by the way).

This makes the game very sensitive to finger movement, and it also means you have to remove your thumb from the control surface whenever you want to modulate your speed. That action makes it really, really difficult, if not impossible, to effectively control the vehicle, especially in heavy traffic or in situations where you have to respond quickly to hazards like water on the track—which come up quickly, especially at 200 miles per hour. And trying to use two thumbs to do it is even worse.
Head over to the link provided below to read the rest of the review.

Macworld's Game Room: Pole Position Remix Review

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