Racing games tend to be seen as something of a test of hardware, with numerous cars flying around a textured track in glorious 3D. The iPad may not initially be thought of as a high-end gaming platform, but the high def action to be found in Real Racing HD shows the iPad off to its best.
With 12 unique tracks in different environments, 48 cars in four classes and the option of using multiplayer mode for up to six people over wifi, the game gets off to a very promising start. The graphics are simply breathtaking, with tracks beautifully rendered and cars boasting customisable skins.
If you're looking for a challenge, you can race against ghost cars to see how you compare to the best drivers from around the world. Replays are available if you would like to re-live a particularly impressive lap, and a powerful soundtrack adds to the exhilaration.
Controls are highly customisable and include the option to use the iPad's accelerometer to use 'tilt to steer' With five different games modes to choose from - including career and time trials - Real Racing has a powerful draw that will keep you coming back for more.
A genuinely impressive racing game which would not look out of place on a dedicated console.