Forward — Tap and hold the accelerator to move forward. You shouldn’t need to let go of the accelerator too often.
Reverse — Tap and hold the reverse button reverse. Reverse will slow you down, but it’s not really a brake, it’s only needed when you get stuck and need to back out of trouble.
Steering using Sides — There’s three different ways to steer. Steering using the Sides method is easy. Just tap and hold on a button to turn the car in that direction. If you’d like to steer around a gentle corner, the button can be tapped quickly. If you’d like to drive straight, let go of the button (this is important). You don’t need to accelerate when using the Sides mode — the car will accelerate by itself. If you’d like to brake or reverse, that can be done by tapping the reverse button.
Steering using Buttons — Tap and hold on a button to turn the car in that direction. If you’d like to steer around a gentle corner, the button can be tapped quickly. If you’d like to drive straight, let go of the button (this is important). The hit zones for the left and right buttons are much bigger than they appear, so you don’t have to be too accurate when tapping them. This should mean you can drive without watching the controls too closely.
Steering using Swipe — Steering using Swipe is a little harder to get used to, but because of the way it works, doesn’t require looking at the controls at all. To steer, tap anywhere on the right hand side of the screen and swipe in the direction you’d like to steer. Holding momentarily lets you hold the steering. This gives very fine control. If you’d like to drive straight, let go (this is important). The steering will center itself as soon as you let go. So you really only need to steer when cornering or if you need to make corrections.
Holding the iPad upright and using your thumbs is probably the best way to play.
Training — A really simple track, to get to know the car and controls. Race on the training track as much or as little as you see fit.
League — League lets you race each league area. Each race awards you with points depending on your race position. If you top the leaderboard for the League, you’ll unlock the next league area. This is also how you’ll need to unlock the areas for Time Trial.
Knockout — Race all tracks from all areas in succession. A win is required to race the next track. Anything less ends your game.
Time Trial — It’s just you and the clock, with no distractions. Time Trial race records count for bragging rights and are listed in Game Center, so get your speed on. To unlock tracks, win the Sideways Racing League for each area.
Your progress is saved as Game Center acheivements. Ensuring you’re always logged in to Game Center means you can delete the app, reinstall it and progress will be restored.
If you’re in the middle of a game, you can resume by tapping the Resume button on the game’s home screen.
Repair — Repairs your car’s health (adds 50%). These are good to get, especially if you like kissing walls and t-boning other drivers.
Ghost — Ghost makes your car invisible to your enemies. They can’t blow you up while you’re ghosted. As a bonus, when ghost wears off, any cars underneath you will be destroyed. Be careful though—that works in reverse, so the other cars can blow you up when their ghost is wearing off.
Shield — Shield is a giant spinning blade surrounding your car. You can imagine what it does to other cars. Yep, blows them up.
Disturb — Disturb causes nearby cars to swerve uncontrollably. If you’re skilful enough, you can drive right through the disturb field.
Bomb — Avoid these. They damage your car and often knock you off course.
Nitro — Nitro gates can be found at various places throughout some of the harder race tracks. Light the wick and away we go, often with hilarious results.
If you're the lucky owner of an ION iCade, all you need to do is ensure BlueTooth is enabled and the device is paired with your iPad. Sideways will take care of the rest. The button mappings for Sideways can be found below.
If you’re the lucky owner of an iControlPad, all you need to do is ensure BlueTooth is enabled and the device is paired with your iPad. Please note that we haven’t done extensive testing with the iControlPad yet, but it should work well with Sideways Racing if the iControlPad is in iCade emulation mode.
Shortcuts — Some tracks have shortcuts. Most of the time, they’re quicker. It’s up to you to find them (hey, we can’t give everything away).
Barriers — The track barriers can be your friend and your enemy. Use them well on certain corners for a quicker lap time. Use them too much and you’ll explode.
Credits Track — Make sure you race on the credits track. It can be found by tapping the cog, then Credits. It’s difficult, but lots of fun if you like carnage.
Cycling through results — The results screen can contain lots of information (Achievements, Race Results, Leaderboard, Records etc). Tapping anywhere on the screen cycles through them.
All too easy? — If you’ve finished Knockout on easy mode, why not try it on hard? This can be changed under the settings (cog) menu.
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