Last Updated: April 19th, 2012

Update:  Looks like Remedy made good on its promise to release the game globally, albeit a bit later than anticipated. Either way, go ahead and hit the widget, international users, you can have it now.

iOS got a head start in the mobile gaming arena, but as Android has skyrocketed to the world's most popular mobile OS, game developers have been migrating their hits to Google's platform. Now Death Rally is throwing its top-tier, top-down racer into the Android ring. The high-octane, testosterone-fueled, madhouse of pain and destruction has been initially released to our polite neighbors to the North, Canada. It was the obvious choice.

The game will be free to play, though Remedy Entertainment has elected to use the in-app purchase model to support itself with optional modifiers and bonuses. Hang on. Don't run off yet. It's unclear yet just how many of the upgrades will be in-app purchases, but gameplay will be entirely free, which is more than we can say about the iOS version. That being said, the rise of this bait-and-switch method of enticing users with free games and then nickel-and-diming them with extras is a little disconcerting.

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Still, Death Rally has been a crowd favorite on iOS and the Android port looks just as well-made as it's fruit-flavored counterpart. If you're living in the great white North, you can grab this molotov cocktail of a game from the Android Market right now. For everyone else, Remedy Entertainment says to expect the game ready for a worldwide release some time in March.

Source: Facebook

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Max

    Does this have any relation to the DOS game?

  • Ben

    Yes -- it's made by more or less the same developers.

  • Duuuuude

    Not compatible with the GS2? Come on, Remedy.

    • http://richworks.in Richie

      It's only available in Canada.. that's what their facebook page says..

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        For now. It'll be launched globally soon.

  • http://richworks.in Richie

    What does "Android port from iOS" actually mean? and why is this considered bad?... And if so, why can't game developers independently create it on the Android platform instead of porting from iOS?

    • J

      No one said it was bad right? Where did you see that in this story?

    • J

      And to address second statement. It takes resources to do that, not using much of what they already created would not be a smart technical decision as well as a horrible business decision.

  • Matthew

    "Not available in your devices country"
    I'm in New Zealand.

    Well that's some bulls**t. Why would they block NZ?

    • Matthew

      Doh! I see it's meant to be Canada exclusive for now. Still, that sucks. I'm sure we can get it some other way though...

    • Sean

      read the article...
      only available in canada, other places will get it in march...

      though I am sick of androidpolice posting so much american crap.

      • Michael

        They live in america....

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        95% of the team is U.S.-based. We cover some international stuff, but if we started covering every country out there as if we lived there, you'd see 100 posts a day in 20 different languages.

        • Taskman

          Only 100 posts a day ;)

          I don't mind them posting mainly NA news as apps like this one can always be found somewhere else if you need.

          So rather know it now and look for it nyself then they only letting us know in March first.

      • Evan O

        It's a Canadain release...

  • http://-- `ramrod2k

    Is somebody from Canada able to post a link to the .apk ?

  • io53

    It's available here in Finland too. Great game!

    • Taskman

      Thanks for that.. Market enabler fixed it as Canada didn't work.

    • Alex C

      I can confirm that Market Enabler worked for me here in the US on Verizon. Set to Finland and download away! Seems pretty fun so far.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/stream antoniocamerino

    1 download market enabler:

    2 setup your fake country to Finland (not working Canada, here in Italy)

    3 go to the market and download it!!

    i'm downloading right now on my nexus S ICS powered :p

  • fabrizio

    Running smooth on Galaxy S. And it's fun without spending a dime.

  • eleazar

    Bummer, doesn't look like it's compatible with the galaxy nexus :(

  • sriracha

    in-app purchases for a game? not even interested. i hope apple sues for these companies for Android in-app purchases, because iDevices have in-app purchases.

    • J

      I don't get all this hatred for the free-to-play pay-to-get-more model. Why not just download what you can get for free and have fun with that for a while?

      The main reason they are doing it is piracy, though. If there was a Free light version and a pay full version, the full-version .apk would be somewhere to download in a heartbeat. Thank those guys for this, not the companies trying to make money on the games it takes them a lot of money to create.

      • sriracha

        perhaps i should direct my hatred with a little more fine tuning..

        the developers that do not link in-app purchases to your google account are the ones i despise. Sentinel 3 links purchases, for instance, and that's perfectly fine by me. it's the non-linking bastard devs that can suck eggs.

        as for pirate copies, i can find almost any apk you can think of, yet i still purchase quality apps. it's not the thieves that are to blame, it's shitty development studios.

  • Tim

    Artem/rest of A.P.... I hope you guys will put this up in a Game roundup post or something once it becomes available to the U.S. Otherwise, I'll probably forget about this awesome looking game. Thanks

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      If it shows up on my radar, for sure. It looks bad-ass. In the meantime, feel free to try it using the Market Enabler method.

  • Drewskeetz

    Downloaded Market enabler and changed to finland, downloaded barcode scanner and scanned the barcode from my prime..opened the link with market and began the download...will begin playing in 2 minutes =)

  • bender

    can you explain how in-app purchase works? All things you buy are 1-time use, or can you "recycle" them?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Depends on the implementation - in-app purchases could be both. For things like unlocks of levels, it's usually permanent. For things like extra money, it is usually one-time, so you can buy them multiple times.

  • GraveUypo

    best top-down racer on android hands down.
    it feels complete and polished, unlike reckless racing, which always felt like it was pure wasted potential.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    It's available globally now. Go get it!

  • gooks

    Chocolate and peanut butter are a horrible combination.

  • sebvett

    Compatible with my Wildfire? Now this I have to see.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Not overly keen on the controls (controls like Reckless Racing would be cool) but other than that, it's awesome!

  • Iggy

    Is anyone here having problems with the controls being way too big?  I running the app on a HTC EVO 3d, and it doesn't look like the controls are optimized for my screen.  The controls take up a large portion of the screen regardless of the options I chose.  I've attempted three times to contact the developers but till have not received a response.

  • Douglas

    VERY difficult to control with both the stick and the buttons :-(

  • http://www.motoask.com/ Motorola Atrix forum

    Great graphics, funny gameplay. Cool and a great game!

  • http://www.appdroid.cz/ Secoro