When the game loads up and you see the detailed map, ready to be explored, you know Gear.Club is going to visually be a gpretty good game. Sure, it’s no competition for console titles, but for a racing game on my iPad, it looks surprisingly nice and there are some beautiful locations to race around.
There’s a healthy number of cars in Gear.Club, with 35 to choose from and work your way up to. There are around 20 manufacturers within the game, from more mainstream brands like Mazda and VW to high-performance car creators like Pagani and Bugatti. But, there’s more to look forward to…
That’s because Gear.Club is regularly updated to make game improvements and also add in extra content. For example, a recent update brought the Mercedes-AMG C63S and Mercedes-AMG GTS to the game.
A lot more cars have been licensed for Gear.Club and will be coming in future updates, alongside new race tracks (there are 179 different layouts right now). Game updates happen every two to three weeks, so you don’t have to wait long for additional cars and tracks. It keeps the game fresh and gives you more cars to try out, which is always good.
Gear.Club confirmed to us that alongside other modern cars being introduced to the game through updates, it’s also looking to bring in more classic cars and electric cars too. So, you could well be racing a Tesla or old-school Mercedes around the Sunny Mountains in the future.
A good range of settings customisation means the game is pretty accessible, so rookie racers and experienced gamers will feel at home. I’ve found the AI a little too easy for me, but that’s probably down to the settings I’ve got it on at the moment.
It’s also fascinating to feel the difference between the cars. They have their own characteristics and spirits, something Gear.Club has apparently put a lot of effort into. It doesn’t scream out at you straight away, but you definitely get more of a feel for it the more you play.
Right now, the multiplayer aspect of Gear.Club is limited to time trials, playing against ghost cars (your friends) to see who is quickest. That’s a bit disappointing. It’s still a fun element of the game and gives you the chance to see how you compare to your mates, but they are looking to bring in synchronous, real-time multiplayer in future updates. That’s a must.
Real Racing 3 and CSR Racing both have differing strengths. The former features more realistic handling and the latter excels in customisation and vehicle modification. Gear.Club kind of strikes a balance between the two, with fun handling and plenty of scope for modification in the Performance Shop. Additional customisation options are set to be rolled out in updates to the game, so expect more on that in the future too.
As with these kind of games, one of the most addictive things about them is working your way through it. So, you start from the bottom, driving a Chevrolet Camaro or Nissan 370Z, and can end up racing with Bugattis and Paganis.
The whole map hub and unlocking new locations, alongside new cars and Performance Shop options, gets you invested in the game and the vehicles you own.
You can even make it all the way through the game without having to spend a penny on in-app purchases, which is nice, although you have to put a lot of effort into it to do so. Challenge accepted!