- 1 An Introduction to Top Drives
- 2 Top Drives : Gameplay
- 3 Features of Top Drives
- 4 Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Top Drives
- 5 Personal Impressions // Review of Top Drives
- 6 App Specifics for Top Drives
- 7 Download Top Drives
- 8 Summary
An Introduction to Top Drives
Calling all motor heads! Think you know cars? Well here is a fantastic new card collecting game that is different from the standard driving genre yet is full of meta-based fun! With over 700 real life cars to collect, compare and compete with players need to master the stats to build their very own perfect racing deck!
Top Drives : Gameplay
Unlike common driving games, in Top Drives the emphasis is placed on collecting new rides, studying the stats of each car, upgrading and selling of vehicles all in order to build the perfect deck! With an intensive and vast single player campaign and exiting multiplayer modes, players must take note of the racing conditions and their opponents’ choices to best select the proper car for each scenario. Once that is down the actual racing is completed automatically with players able to further study the stats to see how and why they won or lost and then further expand and build upon the deck. Top Drives is truly the perfect combination of strategic card collecting with a motor-head racing theme!
Features of Top Drives
- BUILD THE PERFECT RACING DECK from over 700 officially licensed cars.
- UNLEASH YOUR CARS on 100s of racing challenges with our all-new Card Racing System.
- COMPETE FOR EXCLUSIVE CARS in live multiplayer events.
Why is Top Drives the ultimate mobile experience for every car enthusiast?
– Marques such as McLaren, Bugatti, Pagani, Ford, Mercedes and many more.
– Car stats sourced from Evo Magazine making this the ultimate bench racing tool.
– Manage and upgrade your cars – tune them how you want.
– Race scenarios include drag strips, race circuits & hill climbs.
– Weather effects and multiple surface types.
– Stunning car photography from one of the world’s top car magazines.
– Addictive racing strategy gameplay.
Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Top Drives
Above all else, selecting the right car for each race is paramount. Therefore not the fastest car is always best and players must study the stats of each car and make note of the type of tires, front, rear or four wheel drive, top speed, acceleration and of course the weather conditions and type of track to best match cars with their most favourable conditions. For example, be sure to use a 4WD vehicle with off-road tires if racing on dirt even if it has low top speed. Following, use performance tires for winding circuits or slaloms and high speed cars for ¼ and 1/5 mile drag races.
Be Specific Yet Diverse!
Despite how alluring it is to fully max out the best car in your garage, as the game progresses new and better cars will eventually supersede even the most upgraded ride. Therefore instead, focus on seven or so cars to build a solid team. Two or three with high speed and handling, one or two which are good in the wet or around tight corners and one or two which dominate off road etc. This will allow for faster progression and end in less anguish at having to retire that much loved ride for something new.
Selecting cars to build the perfect deck is in essence the entirety of Top Drives. Upgrades cost cash and then require fusing three other cars to unlock new tiers. When fusing it is obviously best to use duplicate cars and cars with the weakest stats. That said however, the donor cars which can be used must be of the same tier or one tier below the car that you wish to fuse it to. I.e. if wanting to upgrade a level D car then level D or level E cars can only be used to fuse.
Collect the Cards
Winning matches earns stars which then can be cashed in for prizes which can be either new cars, cash, gold or XP. The maximum number of stars and as such prizes that can be won is three, therefore to collect all prizes players should replay races until all prizes are won.
This slow grind may be a little tedious yet players can test out different cars to see how they perform and then build their perfect deck for each match all the while earns more prizes. If playing diligently and regularly then the buildup of cars won’t be a problem as unwanted cars can quickly be fused, yet if only playing intermittently then it is advised to sell off any potentially unwanted cars straight away to avoid them simply going to waste.
Battle the Boss!
All this talk of grinding out the lower levels being said and done however, if your deck permits then simply racing through the levels as quickly as possible and challenging the boss of each stage gives the chance to win their car if successful. This is usually hard won without some prior grinding to garner resources and cars to upgrade, yet if able to win straight away, then the bosses’ cars are usually far greater than anything within the same stage, and as such makes grinding the lower levels that much easier and faster.
Personal Impressions // Review of Top Drives
The uniqueness of the concept of bringing the card collection genre to an otherwise stereotypically unplaying audience is great for having a game with a little bit for everyone. The images of the cars are insanely crisp and the animation of the races is smooth and hypnotizing! The single player campaign offers long playability which keeps players coming back for more. The multiplayer function also offers another fast paced mode of enjoyment where players battle it out in real time once selecting the type of track, weather etc.
The format as extremely enjoyable as it is at the beginning, unfortunately quickly becomes a little stale when trying to clear all levels. That and the cost needed to upgrade smoothly verses the amount of cash which can be won is heavily skewed in the pay-to win scale. That said, if you are a patient players who is looking to collect other cards apart from fictional characters and monsters or are looking for a passive game to enjoy in between fast paced diving simulators, then Top Drives could be perfect for you! Three stars out of five.
App Specifics for Top Drives
1.00.03 (iOS) (Last Update Aug 31 2017) (as at the time of writing)
1.00.03.6013 (Android) (Last Update Aug 30 2017) (as at the time of writing)
550 MB (iOS)
174.9 MB (Android)
100,000 – 500,000
9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
5.0 and above.
Rated for 3+
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese.
$0.99 ～ $159.99
Hutch Games Ltd.
Download Top Drives
App Store : iOS
Google Play: Android
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