Tiny Lego pullback cars have been played with by kids for years, and now they've finally made their way onto iOS in Lego Pullback Racers. The adorable and short game is built for a far younger audience, but still holds enough simple entertainment to help anybody pass the time, no matter what age they may be.

The car mechanisms within the game are fairly basic, given the fact that we are dealing with one of those pull-back cars that little boys play with in the real world all the time. You pull back on the tiny vehicle with your index finger or thumb and it speeds off towards the finish line. The more gears that you're able to grab before you get to the finish line, the closer you are to beating each level. Since the game contains only 10 levels for the time being, the number of gears that you have to obtain in order to clear each one is easy to achieve... at first. Once you go past the halfway mark you have to upgrade to the cooler red car and try to maneuver it around crazy sharp corners and an increasingly tough number of obstacles you must pass in order to get towards the finish line. The difficulty of each level is properly balanced, and by that I mean that once you hit the middle levels it starts filling you with the typical amounts of rage that burst out of you whenever a game really starts to test you.

When you're dealing with a racing game such as this, there are cool bonuses and added boosters that help make the quest to win each level a little easier. It's just a shame that Lego Pullback Racers doesn't really bother explaining what each button will do for your car. While there are a couple that clearly point out their uses, the rest are kind of hard to comprehend. What makes it even worse is that if you need to figure out which button will do a certain action, or how to properly utilize it each turn, you'll just have to press it and figure it out yourself. This is a game that would benefit greatly from a short tutorial section, but alas it doesn't have that. Thankfully, there aren't too many boosters that you'll have to decipher in order to progress.

Everything about Lego Pullback Racers is very basic, and it doesn't have to be anything more than that. What you have in front of you is a simple mindless game. It's like playing cars but on your phone, without bringing actual toys out and slightly embarrassing yourself while you're waiting for an appointment at the DMV. Lego Pullback Racers fulfills the basic need of a fun little video game on your iPhone/iPad.


App Store Link: Lego Pullback Racers for iPhone & iPad | By LEGO Systems, Inc. | Price: Free | Version: 1.0 | 55.6 MB | Rating: 4+

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