Pocket Gamer writes: "It's a classic tale told in countless Hollywood teen films and sitcoms. The geeky guy pines after the pretty and popular girl, who snubs his attentions for too long. By the time she wises up to his charms, and swans in nonchalantly, expecting him to swoon at her feet, a prettier and altogether more committed girl has established herself in his affections.
Such is the position the Need for Speed franchise finds itself in on N-Gage. Nseries owners have pined for a version of the popular street-racing series since the platform's launch. Now, almost a year later, Need for Speed Undercover appears with its familiar mix of accessible racing and urban-cool."