CCSR Racing is a free-to-play drag-racing game by Boss Alien and NaturalMotion Games. In the game, the player takes the role of a new racer looking to make a name for him/herself in a deserted city ruled by five racing “crews”. CSR Racing was first shown on stage at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 11, 2012 and was released on the Apple App Store on June 28. It was revealed that the game made over $12 million in a month shortly after launch, making it one of the top 10 grossing iPhone games of 2012.
It is available for both Mac and iOS devices. On April 15, 2013, CSR Racing was made available for Android phones and tablets. It requires Android Gingerbread and later. On October 5, 2013, CSR Racing received a new follow-up called CSR Classics for iOS. CSR Classics made his way to android in mid 2014 .
CSR Racing’s single-player component is split into five tiers, with each tier introducing progressively faster opposition and vehicles. To move on to a new tier, the player must race and beat the crew boss for the level. After beating the boss of each level, the player will be challenged to a high stakes rematch. If the player wins the race, they are awarded the boss’s car; however, if the player loses, they must give back the gold won from the previous boss race. Unlike a traditional racing game, CSR Racing does not feature steering, braking or acceleration controls. Instead, the game focuses on timing gear changes and use of the nitrous upgrade by tapping the screen, in a similar fashion to a rhythm game. Races take place across either a quarter- or half-mile distance, depending on the event in which the player has chosen to compete. These events range from repeatable Regulation Races, which are split into three different difficulties (Rookie, Amateur, Pro), to direct confrontations against rival crew members. After a player has beaten a rival crew member, a race cannot be replayed. The game features several other race modes such as “Daily Battle,” where the player drives a random car for a single race, and “Restriction Races,” where cars must meet certain specified criteria.
Regulation races give the player money immediately. They are divided into Rookie, Amateur and Pro. The Amateur and Pro Regulation Races in tier 1 are unlocked by beating first two crew members in Fangz, Luther and Alie$ha. In other tiers, they are available by default. Their amount starts from $500+ . Their amount can be enhanced by decals, perfect shifts, perfect starts, good shifts and higher tiers.
Ladder races the player’s car against progressively tougher opponents for gradually more money. There are 24 Ladder races in each tier. The last three races are considered quarter final, semi-final, and final. These award more money than regular ladder races. Theoretically, a player who wins the finals can beat the crew leader.
Daily Battles are races with a loaned car that can be done several times per day; players win increasing amounts of money if they win every day.
Restriction races impose a condition to the car for the races. They are available tier 2 onwards but tier 1 restriction races can be unlocked when a player has beaten the tier 5
In World Tour (T6) a new type of restriction were unlocked which involved all challenges for a certain car required for the crew but involved an extra car which is not from the crew but the manufacturer was of the same country or region . Veloci Crew had Alfa Romeo 4C and Armada Crew had Mercedes – Benz C63 AMG.
Challenge races are unlocked when a player wins tier 4, and blocked when they pass tier 5. These are some difficult and rare races but with large cash prizes. They tend to appear randomly. It is not available for Android.
Car specific races put a single car into the race and are available tier 3 and up. They can be unlocked for all tiers when a player beats tier 5.
Manufacturer races only allow cars from a single manufacturer. They are available only in tier 4.
Crew battles consist of a race against one of the 4 crew racers. By beating them one by one, a player gains access to the crew leader. After beating the crew leader three times, one moves up to the next tier.
Winning races earns the player cash, which can be spent upgrading various parts of their cars, decals that earn cash bonuses per race, or buying a new vehicle from the ‘Car Dealer’. There is also a second currency called Gold that the player can use to purchase special cars, decals, skip delivery times for new upgrades, and instantly ‘refuel’ their cars. Gold is obtained by leveling up, winning cards or season’s price in the multiplayer mode, or as an in-app purchase.