I'm always looking for an interesting and unique iPad game to play around with, and I was given the chance recently to take a look at CENTRIFEUD by Secret Library (in Atlanta, GA). The game pits 2 to 4 combatants in a futuristic game of arena competition. You and your friends will have to take control of a spin chariot and try to collect points, while trying to deprive your opponents of that joy. The first one to collect at least 13 points wins the game, but beware there are power-ups that will appear in the arena that when activated can turn the tide.
Graphically this is a very simplistic looking game. You're going to have 4 corners of the screen that will serve as players control. You also have the arena, which is the middle of the screen. Your spin chariots are circles with a revolving "second hand" that dictates the direction your chariot will move. The middle of the area is where you'll see what type of power-up is up for grabs. Finally the points are gained by collecting the little magenta spot in the arena.
The music has a sort of Techno beat to it. I feel like it is trying to sound futuristic, but sadly in the end it just comes off sounding like a demo track. Personally I would recommend playing this game without the sounds, believe me you'll be making enough noise when your cursing your opponent to make up for it.
The controls are really easy, and at the same time take a while to master. You've only got the one button in your corner of the screen. When pressed you're going to be controlling your spin-chariot. The direction in which you'll be heading is determined by the "second hand". If you are heading in the direction you want to go, don't release the button because when you do there's no way you'll be able to get it going in the exact same direction quickly.
I do kind of wish that there was a way to play single player, and maybe add some bots to the action so that you can master the game. Sure there's always the route of just selecting 2,3, or 4 players (you do that by holding your finger down on your corner until the game starts), but then there's not going to be much movement by the other pieces or they will be moving around aimlessly. I think that this game is better suited for 2 to 3 player. When you get that fourth player the iPad is really going to start to move and there's a really good chance that injury could occur when trying to activate the power-up. Even with the risk of injury this game can definitely have its fun moments. You barely beat out your opponent to reach 13. You just got that power-up of locking their controls, breaking their control, slowing them down to turtle pace, making them move around drunkenly (this is one power-up that I always allow my opponent to win, I feel like it actually is more of an advantage than a disadvantage), or 2x (double your points). Of course all the power-ups have a timer, and they are utilized immediately so there's no chance of saving up the power ups for later use.
At the end of the day with a price tag of $1.99, this is a game that's worth checking out, and definitely a game to utilize when battling friends. It's an easy game to pick up, and when you and your friends get good at the game, that's when the real fun starts. This game gets a 7.6 out of 10.