Disc Drivin’ 2 occupies a unique niche: it’s a mobile, asynchronous, turn-based, racing game where players control their disc by flicking it in the direction of their choice. It’s an experience unlike anything else out there right now, and it works surprisingly well.
If your idea of a good racing game is white-knuckle, fast paced, pedal to the medal driving, this game is probably not what you’re looking for. While nominally a racing game, Disc Drivin’ 2 is much more of an arcade game where players have to skillfully flick their disk in order to maximize the distance they will travel in a single turn.
In practice that each player has two flicks per turn to go as far as possible while hitting as many boost pads as they can and avoiding falling off of the side of the track.
It’s a remarkably skill driven experience. While plenty of racing games out there depend on vehicle upgrades and reaction time, Disc Drivin’ requires a mixture of skill and preparation. A novice player might waste their first turn by failing to avoid a set of spikes that rise and fall in regular intervals while an experience player might have avoided those spikes, hit a boost pad, used his turbo to avoid the next set of spikes and his second flick to hit another boost pad. The experienced player might be half way down the track while the novice is still on the starting line.
Though the game rewards skill, those rewards do come at a cost. Players can sometimes find themselves in matches that are a bit loft-sided, with one player clearly being on a different level than the other. The nature of the game and its tracks does try to keep things exciting thanks to dangerous maneuvers that can either wreck a player’s disc or reward them with a lot of extra distance depending on execution. Players can find themselves back in the race after their opponent makes a single mistake.
This is of course an asynchronous multiplayer game, so players might have to wait a while between turns. It also makes it a great option for anyone who wants to play with friends who have completely different schedules. Players are free to have a bunch of different matches going at one time, getting a constant flow of turns as their opponents make their moves.
Those looking to take a break from the game’s multiplayer mode can try their hand at either daily challenges or the speedurn mode. The latter gives players the chance to see how quickly they can swipe around a particular track and servers as a great way of mastering the game’s 15 different tracks.
The biggest issue players are likely to have with the game, other than its terrible audio, is the ads. Players have three mulligans per race, allowing them to redo their turn after something went wrong, these can be activated by watching an optional ad. Players will also find themselves frequently seeing mandatory video ads after they complete their turn. This is entirely understandable for a free to play mobile game, but it can get a bit annoying and there is no clear option to pay to remove ads.
The ads are just a minor inconvenience in what is otherwise a unique mobile gaming experience that provides players with one of the few asynchronous multiplayer games that isn’t a board game adaptation. With heavily skill dependent gameplay, quick pick up and play action, and a fair number of disc customization options, Disc Drivin’ 2 is worth a download.
Disc Drivin’ 2 is free and contains ads and in app purchases. It’s available on Google Play.