|System: DSi (DSiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Tantalus||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Tantalus||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 22, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The garage in Drift Street International is a little on the bland side. There are only a handful of cars, and each needs to be unlocked as you progress through the game. None of the cars are known brands, but each one sports improved statistics that include increased acceleration, speed, and drift endurance. You can customize the color scheme of your car, but beyond that there are no mechanical tweaks that you can perform. The car selection and options are fairly slim, but again, this is an $8 game we are talking about. I really would have liked to have seen more cars and options in the game, but as a DSiWare title, the current vehicle lineup is serviceable.
In addition to the single-player modes, Drift Street International also supports multi-card racing with up to four people. Although this is a nice addition if you know a lot of people with this game, I really wish they would have incorporated a single-card mode so you could play with those who don't already have the game. Drift Street International is not exactly a high-profile release, and finding someone who already has this game could prove difficult if you really want to check out the multiplayer. Still, if you can find others with the game (or can easily convince someone to purchase it), the multiplayer mode is a great way to race with your friends and experience a traditional-feeling race experience.
Drift Street International is not likely to win any awards for innovation or impressive gameplay. Almost everything about this game feels very average. However, for a DSiWare title, that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you really feel like you want to do some racing, and you've got 800 DSiWare points burning a hole in your virtual pocket, Drift Street International is a perfectly good title. As long as you don't expect Need for Speed or Gran Turismo, you won't be disappointed.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer