Perfect Shift, a fantastic Windows Phone game to fill your need for speed

If you like simple, fast paced racing games with quality graphics and exciting game play you will need to take a look at the Windows Phone game Perfect Shift.

The game includes multiple racing modes and over 25 customizable street racers. Gaming environments range from deserted city streets to abandoned tunnels. Timing is key and if you miss a shift by the slightest, it could cost you the race.

Perfect Shift is a fantastic racing title to add to your Windows Phone gaming library. It is a game well suited for when you have just a few minutes to waste or are looking to sit down and enjoy the game for longer.

When you first launch Perfect Shift, you will need to create a screen name and pick out your first car. The game gives you $17,000 to play with, which will get you in a nice sub-compact.

From there you will start your racing career with random street races. As you win races, additional racing modes become available such as the Story Mode where you race fictional characters to be the top dog, Ladder Racing Mode where you race your way up the ladder with each race getting more difficult to win and Daily Challenges that pit you against other player's race cars.

Eventually, the generic racing mode will be where you go to earn some quick cash and fine-tune your shifting skills.

The garage will let you customize your car's appearance and upgrade the hardware beneath the hood. You can upgrade the engine, turbo boost, gearbox, tires, add nitro booster, streamline the weight and improve the car's aerodynamics.

I would have liked to have seen the ability to customize your car's name and your player icon. The names already in place aren't bad but you are stuck with a helmeted figure as your player icon. Shame you couldn't upload a custom pic or have a variety of icons to choose from (hint, hint).

Funds are awarded during game play for not only winning races but also for your performance during the race. You can use these funds for upgrades and customizations as well as buying new cars for your collection. If you want to get a jump on things, funds can be purchased through in-app purchases.

Game Play

Game play is simple. You play from a side view of the cars with your tachometer and gear shifts pedals on-screen. Races begin with you revving your engine where a gearbox symbol (looks like a hashtag) on the tachometer glows green. Once the "3, 2, 1, go" flashes you have to shift up as the gearbox symbol turns green (hint: it will flash yellow first).

The better your shift timing is, the better your chances of winning a race. If you have equipped your car with a nitro booster, a red button sits next to your down shift pedal that will crank out the nitrous.

At the conclusion of the race, your stats and earnings will appear on the screen and any new items unlocked will be displayed. From there you can head to the garage to upgrade your car, buy a new ride or pick another racer to challenge.

Overall Impression

Perfect Shift is a fun game to pass the time with and addictive enough to keep you busy for some time without realizing it. The game reminds me a lot of another Windows Phone racing game, Drag Racing, but with better graphics and a variety of scenery.

Perfect Shift does lack the under the hood tuning and head to head racing of Drag Racing, both of which would be nice additions. But the feel for the game is more in line with what you find with the graphic quality of Asphalt 8 and with less of a Hot Wheels feel (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

I will agree with the developer's advice that Perfect Shift is best played with headphones on. Still, without sound it's a fun game to have installed on your Windows Phone. We aren't surprised a bit at the 5 Star rating in the Windows Phone Store.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Wow.....
  • seems fast
  • Free AND 512mb supported? OH YHESSSH
  • Anybody having 950+ stars in Asphalt 8..??
  • Me.. 970 I guess :D
  • There should be many. Why do you ask?
  • Want to know if WP owners are also at a top position in that game..Cause Droids and iOS folks use cheat-codes to stay at the top..!!
  • We can cheat WP, but it's too tuff..,
  • Why you want to cheat your phone or its O.S
  • Well.. I have 1000+ stars... Just to let you know I'm not that good xP. Never been top 10 before, but it must be stated that I never used the tunings though.  I think that WP doesn't have the cheat codes.
  • 989 here and didn't use the tunings either..!! By tomorrow I may cross the 1000 mark..!!
  • I have used the cheat though :p hacked the coins using cheat engine on win8.1
  • Be specific..
  • 965 stars and I have skipped some easy races running for big money in the final seasons, Season Max I have not yet played man the conditions are tough cheat codes they make the game boring according to me
  • Season Max is tough that's why it's boring..It requires ultimate precision..!!
  • Looking good, but its a drag racing game....but still I think it should do pretty well.....
  • This was in lots of my WC ads. I checked it out weeks ago, and o don't have much space.
  • They'll add multiplayer soon.
  • Nice!!
  • It's great game
  • It's been around for quite a while. Got quite far on it. Does drag a bit when cars and upgrades become more and more expensive.
  • And its free :/
  • respect to the devs. thank you.
  • MX Player
  • Why is the rating low for the player?
  • May be coz there are just 21 reviews, it'll grow with time i guess & updates of the app.
  • App is different from android phones
  • It looks not so good.
  • Yes not like android app
  • I downloaded it and its running fine on my 8XT.  A couple minor niggles, switching theme colors (white to black) the text can disappear since it needs to now be white to show up.  However, a simple refresh of the list fixes it.  Playback seems just fine as well.  Considering its a 0.1 Beta release, I think they did a nice job.
  • This game is very cool!
  • Seems good!!!
  • No Nissan S14a, no game for me.
  • The only problem i have ran into is that i can't find anyway to sell your old cars. I mean what are you supposed to do if you don't use your old cars anymore and would like to have some xtra cash? If there is a way to sell them and i don't know about it could someone please tell mme how i have been looking everywhere for a place to sell them :)