I’ve always been an avid motorsport fan. I’d watch anything from rally, to touring cars, to formula one. No surprises then, that I’d be interested in a game about managing a formula one team. This particular offering, a mobile game titled MyGPTeam Turbo, comes from Italy-based developer, Interactive Project. It’s a relative of their existing browser-based social game, MyGPTeam.
As I started up the game, I was immediately greeted with a tutorial. This is not uncommon for many mobile games to do, and honestly, it’s a good thing. After all, I’d rather go into it knowing what I’m doing to begin with. The tutorial took me through the basics of races and navigating the game. As you would expect, the game functions mostly through the use of touch button controls and these are fairly intuitive. I didn’t find myself having to relearn any sort of control techniques.
So what is this game all about? Well, it’s a formula one team management game. The player is tasked with creating the best team they can possibly make and leading them to victory in races.
As a player, this is the screen you will see the most. It’s basically a 3d menu that depicts the team headquarters. It has everything from a company office to a garage and driver’s area. From here, you can carry out all of the actions you need to create a winning team.
First off, you can head over to the garage and check out your car.
Since this is based on formula one, there’s no need to buy or choose from different cars. Instead, your team starts off with the sponsored car, which you can then perform many upgrades to. The upgrades are linear, level-based upgrades that can be purchased throughout the course of the game.
These are also limited by the level of the garage, itself, which can also be upgraded. Each aspect of the car produces a set number of statistics, in the form of points. This makes it relatively easy to see what effect the upgrade will directly have. However, it is not as clearly explained how exactly those particular points will affect the overall performance of the car during a race.
In addition, the player also has the option to customise the appearance of the car. There are a selection of different skins. Some of which, are available as unlocks throughout the course of the game. Others are available for purchases via micro-transactions. Each skin also has a selection of different color variations that are available once unlocked.
The next place to visit is the driver training area. Here, you can train your existing drivers in order to improve their skills and eventually increase their overall level. The player also has access to a talent scout that will allow you hire other drivers. To train a driver, simply open up the training menu and select the skill that you want to upgrade. You will then be taken to the driver simulator which, for all intents and purposes, is basically a minigame that simulates the particular skill. For example, if you wish to upgrade your driver’s skills on straights, you’ll take part in a simulated drag race and you will need to hit those perfect launches and gear changes.
So you’ve prepared your car and you’ve trained your driver, now what?
Well, then it’s time to race. There are two main types of races. There’s the quick race mode and multiplayer 1v1. In both race modes, the player takes on the role of the chief, not the driver. So, in order to win, it’s more of a strategy game. The player must tell the driver what to do at particular times. Should your driver speed up now, or overtake? The choice is yours.
For anyone who’s played Gran Turismo 5‘s “B-spec” career mode, the style of play should be fairly familiar. In addition, the player will be given moments where they will need to complete short minigames during the race that will help maintain an edge over your opponents.
And that’s all there is to it. Overall, this looks like a very well-polished game. The music and sound effects are pretty decent. I didn’t notice any glaring quality while playing. Also, the graphics are pretty impressive for mobile devices. So, if you’re looking for a good team management game and you’re a fan of motorsport, this is a good title to try out. It’s available for both Android and iOS. Check out their main site here!