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Create your best drag boat racing loadout

Top Fuel Hot Rod - Drag Boat Speed Racing Game is a free racing mobile video game wherein you can drive a speedboat and compete to become the best water speedster. Developed by Studio Pareidolia, this game features classic racing mechanics, such as competing against another vehicle, usually being manned by an AI. Unfortunately, while this app is great for showcasing realistic graphics for any boat fan, the gameplay itself is buggy.

Become the best drag boat racer

Drag boat racing is a form of drag racing that takes place on water instead of land. Here, you compete for the lowest elapsed time over a straight racecourse of a specific length in the water—and unlike drag racing on land, drag boat racing begins from the short rolling start to a point which you cannot pass until the green star" light turns on. These races usually take place in rivers.

In Top Fuel Hot Rod, the same rules apply. You have to achieve the lowest time in crossing the finish line against another opponent racing alongside you. A countdown will start after you two are positioned at the same starting line. Then, you must only cross the red barrier once the timer hits zero. Simply tap and hold the bottom-right pedal to give yourself acceleration and tilt or swipe the screen to steer.

The game has several modes: Garage, Quick Race, Practice, and—once you unlock it—Championship. There’s also a tutorial for beginners, and the various boat customization options are available at the start. You can buy these with the money you earn from winning. However, the game has many issues—the worst being the AI not moving and getting you disqualified from the race. Additionally, the control settings are quite lacking.

Visually great but disappointing

All in all, Top Fuel Hot Rod - Drag Boat Speed Racing Game looks amazing for a 3D racing game. However, it can quickly become unplayable due to its numerous game-breaking issues. There are wide customization options available for fans of this sport, but getting to unlock them will be difficult as most of the time, you can’t even complete a race with the AI bugging out. You’re better off trying other games of this genre.

PROS

  • Challenging gameplay
  • In-depth boat customization
  • Realistic 3D graphics

CONS

  • Races fail due to the AI not moving
  • Can’t compete with other players
  • Not a lot of in-depth control settings


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