It's Wreckfest Vehicle Carnage on Android

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On August 13th, THQ Nordic previewed Wreckfest Mobile, a demolition derby-themed racing game with soft-body physics developed by Bugbear Entertainment. The game was first released on his PC in 2018 after spending a long time in Steam’s Early Access program, and has since spread to PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch to much success. At Gamescom, we got hands-on with his port of the upcoming mobile to see if it stacks up as a surprisingly fun experience on the small screen.

Wreckfest is the spiritual successor to FlatOut, the 2005 racing game developed by Bugbear. From lawn mowers to semi-trailer trucks, Wreckfest selects vehicles to participate in a variety of races and demolition derbies. This game contains soft body damage modeling. Damage is realistically represented on the car and can affect the car’s performance. For example, severe side damage can bend the wheel and interfere with steering.

Wreckfest is currently being demoed at Gamescom on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, testing the game with touch screen controls. No lag or frameskips so far. This is an impressive achievement considering the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes in a demanding racing game. The physics engine couldn’t be pushed to its limits, but the game looks good enough for most races. There was slight pixelation. This indicates that anti-aliasing should be increased. The Galaxy Tab S8 is the latest in Samsung’s tablet line, but it’s not the most powerful of all Galaxy Tab S8 models. Performance is unlikely to be an issue here as long as you have a modern Android smartphone or tablet.

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The flawless performance is commendable, but the touch controls could use some work.Control the car via three inputs: a slider to steer left and right, a brake button, and an accelerator button . Steering is particularly tricky and very sensitive, so I had to keep my hands off the screen to avoid oversteering all the time. However, since this is an early alpha, developers have plenty of time to tweak the controls. You can customize the controls by repositioning the buttons, so don’t worry about thumb placement. The developer didn’t offer a chance to test it at the booth, but once Wreckfest hits mobile, he’ll be working on controller support so he can ideally play racer with one of the best Android controllers available. It is working.

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Aside from the controls, Wreckfest looks identical to the PC and console versions, so the array of single-player and multiplayer options is the same. Local mode supports up to 20 players and is perfect for school lunch breaks and party games.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any information about the release date yet, but Wreckfest Mobile is still in early alpha, so don’t expect it to release next week. There is still work to be done. In the meantime, you can try some of the best Android games to get you through.

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