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6 October 2016

Review: V8 Race Manager

Strategy games are becoming increasingly popular, but in the motorsport world there's definitely a focus on Formula 1 and single-seater racing. 
V8 Race Manager is doing something different, with a new and fun strategy game loosely based on the popular Australian V8 Supercars series – perfect timing for its release, ahead of the Bathurst 1000. 

When you open up the app, you can immediately see the influence from its sister Beer Mogul title Formula Legend, but V8 Supercars and F1 are very different, so new elements and features have been introduced to keep up with the tin-top rules. 

The main aim is to successfully rise to the top of the standings, managing your own drivers’ races to (hopefully) score a good result. 

There’s more juggling and multi-tasking to do in V8 Race Manager, because refuelling is a factor and this adds a completely new strategic element to the game. 

There also aren’t as many tyre compounds available to choose from during the race, so you’re limited in that respect.

Keeping an eye on more changing features of the game can make perfecting strategy calls tougher than in Formula Legend but I found that makes it more enjoyable and keeps things interesting. 

Races in V8 Race Manager are longer and change in distance, as each round has three races. So there's more races to complete per season and they take longer than in Formula Legend too.

In my view, the longer races can get a little tiresome as it obviously takes more time. Shaving off 10 laps or so might up the pace of the game. But that's probably just me and my short attention span.

In typical Beer Mogul style, the 2016 grid is loosely represented, with modifications of their own names like Winecup, Goosebergen and Lounges. These quirky details all add a charm and character to V8 Race Manager. 

It features all of the elements you’ve come to love from Formula Legend, like the car upgrades system, race engineer upgrades and the user-friendly design of the game menus and race screen. 

The mini-games also remain, but for anyone not interested in those, there’s an option to turn them off, which is handy for anyone who wants to simply focus on the strategy alone. 

As the game has only just been released, I’ve not got too far in my career as Jack Leslie from PresedOn ColdDrive, but I’m enjoying it so far. 

It's a simple game to use, but the additional strategy elements take some getting used to and I haven't yet mastered matching the fuel amount to the tyre wear, to properly merge the two.

It’s a fun game to play, especially as a quick distraction on the bus, tube or train. But it can also get pretty addictive… 

Beer Mogul are looking to expand and improve the game all of the time, so they’ve even left links on their app store pages where players can provide input and feedback on the game. 

The app is available for iOS and Android at the price of $0.99, a small fee but one that’s worth paying for this fun yet challenging strategy game.

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