Universal Studios' Fast and the Furious is one of the many oh-I-have-seen-it-before kind of games with an the same old objective and graphics. It may have been tossed off as just another mundane game had it been on any other mainstream platforms, what makes this one special is the fact that it is designed for your Mobile Phone. The Java version should work on any self-respecting device with Java Support.
To start with, the game does away with multitudes of gameplay options and sticks to the tried and tested Arcade and Quick Race modes. The objective, as with most arcade games, is to finish the race first. In the Arcade mode, you will need to unlock each step with a win and a decent one at that. A loss will result in you losing your ride to the opponent. On the other hand, a win of course will earn you his car and not to mention another unlocked stage.
Once you start racing and start winning, newer and tougher races are unlocked. The races are imaginatively named with the likes of "Race Miami", "Drift Tokyo", "Drag L.A" with "Police Miami" begging for attention. Note that these races are actually different race modes. Race Miami, for example is a hard core race with the only objective being to finish first. The drag and drift races are about your "driving" skills and points are awarded for drift points and gearshift accuracy in case of drags. Then there are the cop chases where you need to ensure you're not busted by cops when you're racing.
The whole package is strikingly similar to the NFS Underground series with bits from the Most Wanted series. You cannot mod your ride but you do get a garage where you can choose your ride. The "modding" here is limited to addition of newer cars, as you keep unlocking stages.
The controls are as straightforward as they could be. Acceleration is automatic and all you need to do is use the joystick or the 4 or 6 key to control the car. The 8 key is for braking while 5 key is used for the Nitro Boost function if you feel you are lagging behind. With the 0 key you can change the camera view. Graphics are pretty decent and the game felt fast even on java unfriendly devices like the N73.
Unlike many other games I have played, the gameplay on this one is very good and accurate. You can even decipher the "behavior" changes in the different cars you use. This, for any mobile game, is a brownie point earned. For the drawbacks, well, there is nothing much to say here except that there are no "realistic" stuff like car damage or even a storyline. But that's excused because this one does a real good job at keeping you transfixed at a 240x320 display for hours.
In all, the Pink Slip 3d is an immersive game for arcade game addicts on the move and is certainly worth having a look at if you happen to be one of those NFS series fans.