We put Colin McRae Rally for BlackBerry 10 through its paces

By James Richardson on 9 Jul 2014 02:39 pm EDT

We announced a short while ago that Colin McRae Rally was now available for all touch BlackBerry 10 devices and with me being a long term fan of the game I had to put it through its paces and see if it is worthy of its $2.99 price tag.

Colin McRae Rally first hit the scene back in 1998 and I'm pretty sure I remember being addicted to it on the original Play Station. With the game being so old some folk may not think it's a big deal that us BlackBerry users get to play it, but if you ask me it's a positive sign or surely Codemasters wouldn't have made it for us?

As far as I'm concerned the game is an old classic and sits alongside other games that have been around for years but are still popular - such as Sonic the Hedgehog or Super Mario Bros. Anyway, let's take you through the game quickly and see if you share my opinion or not.

Once you jump into the game you will be given three options in terms of the type of game you wish to play. These are: Championship, Single Rally or Single Stage. I've been concentrating on the Championship as that gives you more longevity and is super challenging. If at this point you are returning to a previous game you will be given the option to either resume or start a new game.

You'll then be presented with the available levels but as you would imagine, to start with there will only be one for you to play as the others need unlocking through winning the first rally.

Then you are given some car options, but like with the levels you will need to earn points to unlock cars. Its just the Ford Focus that is free from the start, but fear not - it does a great job.

Then it's race time. When it comes to controlling your car you have a choice of two options - either tilt or touch. Which one you will prefer will probably come down to testing out both and the same goes for the camera view as there are again two options available. Both of these can be switched at any point in the game just by pressing the pause tab, which will open up the settings.

Taking a look at the on-screen controls - if you are touch mode you will have left/right arrows at the bottom left of the display. Over on the right is your accelerator, brake and handbrake - which comes in handy for those really tight corners. Above these you have a speedometer, although I didn't find it of much use. You don't really have time to take your eyes of the road with this one.

Getting to the end of the stage in the shortest time possible is the aim of the game here. Although you can see the turns coming up in front of you, you will still need to rely on your navigators instructions due to the speed of the race. He will notify you if the next bend is left or right and how steep the bend is. It takes a little bit of getting used to but once you are on the same page as your navigator if almost takes the pressure of looking for the next bend.

The gameplay and graphics with Colin McRae Rally are awesome. Sure, the game has been around for years on other platforms and this BlackBerry 10 version doesn't bring anything new to the table but it is a whole bunch of fun.

The final verdict

The big question is whether the game is worthy of the price tag. My answer to that is a big fat yes! Sure, it won't be everyone's cup of tea but for those of you that like car racing games this one is a real beauty. There are hours and hours of fun to be had here and in my opinion it can be addictive - which is a good thing.

Give it a try and let us know what you think?

Reader comments

We put Colin McRae Rally for BlackBerry 10 through its paces


Works great on the Z10 and tons of fun. I have a ton of games. But when I have the time to sit down and actually play a game this is the one I go to. Got it right when it came out for BlackBerry. It gets more fun the longer you play since you get better. Worth every penny to me.

I was missing a good car racing game since I got tired of Beach Buggy, this seems to be a good option to try...

Shame about the price, given its free on other platforms. Having said that, it's my youth relived and that's not a bad thing :oD

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Yes yes yes, it is worth the price. Such a good game! I've been asking for this game since BB10 launched, and it works so well on the Z30.

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Can anybody confirm that it works on Z10 STL100-1 ?
I saw a lot of complains about it in BlackBerry World. I just don't want to pay 3$ for nothing.

Solid game. Worth every penny. I'm not a phone gamer by any means, but have ended up spending a lot of time on this one.

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I just can't get my head around why games likes this don't have gamepad support. Seriously!
This would be a perfect game to play on my TV through HDMI with a gamepad. Graphics are great, gameplay is great, this game screams for a bigger screen and gamepad support....All games actually (action, race, sport, rpg, adventure,...) should get gamepad support.

Make it happen so I can upgrade to a Passport and use my Z10 as game console. :)

I bought this game when it first came out. Love it!!!! Worth the $$$!!!!!!

Posted from my big beautiful BlackBerry Z30!!! I love this phone!!

Brings back good old memories. I used to play the PC version with my logitech momo controller. Totally immersive! I just hope it supports a USB gamepad so I can attach this to my TV. Only complain is the touchscreen control as my brakes and e-brakes keeps on moving since my left thumb gets too excited when drifting that I accidentally drag it to corner. Ugh!


I'm disappointed. Please edit the post, Q devices are touch devices too.
"available for all touch BlackBerry 10 devices"

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