Real racing 3 is the third installment to the Real Racing Series. EA’s mobile studio, the Firemonkeys has created by far the best racing game on mobiles and tablets. This game is unlike any other game in the Racing genre. There won’t be any racing gimmicks like nitro; neither there will be any crazy drifting nor wrecking your opponent’s car. This is pure old school RACING. People who have played the Formula 1 game for PCs and consoles will know all the concepts about racing simulation. The game is a freemium game (more on that later), available free in the market. This is the first free game in the series. But is it really free and worth playing? Let’s find out. Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...s.r3_row&hl=enIOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real...556164008?mt=8 Graphics The graphics of Real Racing 3 is absolutely stunning. Be it the environment, reflections, cars, tracks everything is just fantastic. Everything is very realistic and on a small screen the visuals are awesome. Though if you observe carefully there will be slight aliasing on the cars and environment but that is a minor flaw and can be overlooked because driving at 200kmph+ the involvement in the game will be so high that it won’t be noticeable at all. The game is very huge and you need to have at least 1.2GB free space on your sdcard. GameplayReal Racing 3 is a big game. There are tons of events (over 1000) to participate in . There are a total of 49 licensed cars (till now) and many real racing tracks. Completion of this game will take time or you might not have the patience to do it. I have played over 14hrs till now and participated in a total of 250+races(163 completed). Events include normal Cup races, Drag races, Elimination races, Head to head races, Hunter (you try to catch a car ahead of you), Speed record (reach maximum speed during a complete lap), Autocross (race against time) and Speed snap (hitting the finish line with top speed). If you have played a racing simulation before, you must then know all about it. For others who haven't, Racing simulations unlike normal races are a bit “realistic” so as to say. You will have to apply the brakes on every corner, you cannot just drift and hit the wall and get back on the track so easily. That will do nothing but damage your own car. Hitting opponent’s car will also damage your car. Damaged cars will then not perform to their full capability. The top speed will decrease, the acceleration time will increase, the breaking distance will increase and it will make things tougher and tougher. The cars will then have to be repaired and serviced which will require you to spend cash and every repair will take time. I’m a huge simulation fan and therefore I was really impressed with the gameplay. It takes a little time to adjust to the gameplay, but you don’t have to worry if you are not comfortable. A lot of assists are provided in the game to help the players. This includes traction control, brake assist and steering assist. But don’t count on the assists for the entire game because during later part of the game these will actually slow you down and winning races with assists on is almost impossible. Now let’s look at the most important aspect of the game: in-app purchase. Real Racing 3 is free in the market but the in-app purchases will make you crazy. Basically real racing has two types of money- cash(R$) and gold. Cash is used for buying and upgrading cars and gold is used to skip the waiting time. You get awarded with cash every time you win a race and with gold every time you reach the next driver level. But the fact is cash and gold are hard to earn in this game. You will have to race the same track again and again so that you have enough cash and gold to upgrade your cars or buy new ones.This is where the game just spoils the fun. Long waiting period (several hours) before your car delivers and waiting period before your car gets serviced for optimal performance. If you want to skip the waiting period you will have to pay some gold. This transaction is more in the favor of EA than us. Because you race in 3-5 events to get your driver level up and earn 3 gold coins and then you are asked to pay 3 gold coins to skip the waiting period. This can make impatient players actually buy game credits and gold from EA. So you will have to avoid damaging your car at any cost. You will damage your car if you don’t drive carefully during the course of the race. Each time the race ends you will be asked to repair your car if there is any damage. This will cost you some credits. Time-Shifted Multiplayer (TSM) This is a very great concept and is a real plus point in the game. The time-shifted multiplayer allows you to compete with real people. If you are connected to facebook you can also compete with your friends. What it does is it records all the player data, the best runs, the top speed etc. and overlays it with other player’s game. So in a sense you race with other person (AI controlled). This makes the game really challenging and fun. You get a notification every time a friend beats you and then you get a chance to beat his time again. Conclusion Real Racing 3 is a fantastic addition to the real racing series. The stunning visuals and the gameplay realism will keep you occupied every time you play this game. Yes the waiting time and the in-app purchases are disappointing but that does not take away the beauty of the game. Moreover its free in the market, so no harm in at least giving it a try once. Pros: Stunning graphics and visuals Fantastic gameplay and mechanics Time-Shifted Multiplayer Very realistic (damages, repairing and servicing cars ) Cons: in-app purchase too expensive long waiting periods(few minutes to several hours) Rating - 8/10 This is the best racing game in the market for mobiles and tablets. And its "FREE"..