Grand Prix Rock N Racing is developed and published by EnjoyUp Games. ‘Get ready for some speed with your family and friends! Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing gives you the fastest, most exciting races. You can evolve your car, improving the engine, brakes, tires and more until you’ve achieved the perfect evolution to win the Championship! Online leader board where you can compare your best times with those of your friends and players from around the world.’
Grand Prix Rock N Racing is the second game in the Rock N Racing series by EnjoyUp Games, with the original being Off Road stadium racing in pick up trucks, this time around it is circuit racing in F1 style cars. There’s three game modes to choose from; Championship mode in which you play continuous seasons to become world champion. You start out with a basic set up on the car and have you earn ‘tokens’ to be able to upgrade it. This is definitely the most difficult portion of the game as most of the others cars are a lot faster than yours to begin with, and you’ll have to practice as well as be consistent to finish the races in the highest possible position, as the higher you finish the more ‘tokens’ you are awarded to upgrade your car.
Once you have done around 3-4 races, and you’ve upgraded your car, you should be in a position to challenge for first place. Now this is not as easy as it sounds as the A.I’s driving in Grand Prix Rock N Racing leaves a lot to be desired. They have a tendency to crash, a lot. If not crashing they do seem to be keen on giving you a dirty side swipe now and again. Sometimes the crashing does work to your advantageas often the A.I will stay at the side of the circuit as though they’ve ‘retired’ from the race giving you free positions. So be careful when in and around the A.I. and get to learn your circuits and you’ll be well away. You can also play Championship mode in 2 player split screen. The other two game modes are pretty self explanatory and are; Time Trial and Multiplayer (Local only, 4 player).
As for the overall gameplay though, it feels really smooth, and you can definitely tell the difference between one set up to another. Once I got used to the extremely aggressive A.I. it became an enjoyable game to play, I particularly liked the ‘drafting’ that could be done too, getting behind another car and getting a nice speed boost to slingshot around them to overtake. You also get a turbo boost meter that you refill every time you apply the brakes.
Crashing out can be a bit of hit and miss, sometimes you can just get your car pointing the right way and be off again, others you’ll end up on your roof and will have to wait until the black circle is around your car indicating that you can click in the right stick to reset your car on circuit. Also, once you have fully upgraded your car, earning tokens becomes pointless, as you’ll still get them if you carry on in championship mode. It would have been nice to have had other things to spend them on, such as different paint jobs etc.
Visually it’s good, lots of bright colours, and a top down view giving it a sort of ‘toy box’ vibe. I also like the isometric layout that comes with some of the circuits. There’s 10 circuits in total and all vary quite a lot, in both layout and there overall scenery. Some do have a similar layout to their real life counterparts you could look at the UK and Japan circuits for example and draw similarities to Silverstone and Suzuka. The audio is ok, with a generic rock soundtrack that is straight out of the 90’s lots of ambient noises while racing too from the crowd, to the sounds of helicopters and jets doing a fly by. you even hear the ‘whistle’ of the ‘turbo’ as you race around. The commentator could do with a few more lines of dialogue though.