Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the free Trackmania Nations Forever (Available now on Steam), so I started playing the newly released DS version.

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The handling is designed for digital input, so it works brilliantly, at least with the formula one car. The desert and rally cars, which are not in the free version of the PC game, turn a bit sharply for me, but your mileage may vary. Gameplay and levels are culled straight from the PC version. Basically, you find the absolutely best line in a very short course through repetition. It’s more fun than it sounds. Visually, it’s good for a DS game. Levels are varied, and the framrate is relatively stable.  The DS’ low resolution screens, however, make it difficult to see very far ahead, which is pretty essential in plotting your line. This leads to a lot more trial and error than there should be, and stops the experience from being as enjoyable as its big brother. If your computer can handle it (and it should be able to), play the free game.

Edit: Arrgh, I just realised I used “mileage may vary” in a post about a racing game.

Edit: Arrgh.

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