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Race with a Chennai auto in your phone

Chennai specific smartphone games are becoming popular. Illustration: Mihir Balantrapu  

Ever wanted to race an auto through the streets of your city? Or maybe drive a bus? Just whip out your smartphone and you could do exactly that. With a host of city-specific games like the Chennai Auto Traffic Racer, Chennai Pothole Bounce and Chennai Bus Parking, you can now press down on those pedals, race through the streets of the city, dodge potholes and park buses perfectly to your heart’s content.

With smartphone games going local, users have an endless list to choose from, and developers are only too happy to indulge. “Autos are such an integral part of the country’s transport system and we wanted to create a game that gave users the feel of driving one. Also, Chennai’s auto drivers are known for their skills in navigating through traffic snarls, whizzing through shortcuts and avoiding all the chaos on the streets. That is how we decided to develop a game that lets users race through the city streets in an auto,” says Deepak Aravind, director and CEO of Creative Monkey Games that developed Chennai Auto Traffic Racer.

Chennai Auto Traffic Racer

With over two million downloads across the Android, iOS and Windows platforms this is one of the more popular city-based games. Based on the arcade racing model, the game lets the user have a crazy ride through city streets while dodging buses, lorries and cars with ease. The app is known for its smooth controls and easy handling, and the game has become immensely popular with auto drivers too. It lets the user have the typical top view, rear view and driver view as well, as one steers his three-wheeler through chaotic Chennai streets while letting you be a part of the online leader boards — all set to the tune of catchy South Indian music.

Chennai Pothole Bounce

We all know how the city streets get after a spell of rain. Add to that the ongoing metro rail works and a drive through any stretch is like playing dodge the pothole. This game lets you have fun while doing it. Developed by KaapiCo the game tests the users’ skills and reflexes as they go on a wild ride through Chennai, all the while trying to avoid treacherous areas to stay alive and progress through the game. Though not very challenging, it is entertaining.

Battle of Chepauk

This one’s for all the cricket fans. Developed by Nextwave Multimedia, Battle of Chepauk is a cricket game that offers the user hours of entertainment. The player owns the Chennai Super Kings team with top notch players like Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith — all led by MS Dhoni. Armed with 11 of the best players (whom you can choose) the player is set to conquer Chepauk, the stadium that has seen many historic matches. The game offers three modes of play — Super Over, Super Slog and Super Chase. Each match won takes you closer to the finals.

Chennai Bus Parking

Also developed by Creative Monkey Games, the app is based on the infotainment model. The game is set in what is a replica of Chennai’s crowded Koyambedu bus station and challenges the user to navigate from there on to different areas in the city like Adyar, OMR, T. Nagar among others. All this, while choosing the correct bus route, steering through the city traffic and finding a parking spot on the already cramped roads. The game is also available in Tamil and has seen over 30,000 downloads since its launch.

Chennai Auto Rickshaw

Once again based on the arcade model, the game lets users ride a share auto, letting them pack as much fun into it as they can. The app challenges the user to pick up wooden and metal crates to score, though the red crates with the bombs are to be avoided. Sounds simple? It really isn’t. Hit the gas pedal a bit too hard and the rickshaw will flip, throwing passengers in all directions and causing you to lose a life. It’s a test of your skills and patience.

With all these fun games at your disposal, get set to have a wild ride — Chennai style.


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