by: Vector Unit
From Vector Unit, developers of acclaimed racing games Riptide GP, Beach Buggy Blitz, Shine Runner, and Hydro Thunder Hurricane: Riptide GP2 kicks everything into overdrive, with intense online multi-player races, upgradeable hydro jets and riders, improved graphics, an all-new career mode, and a whole new stunt system with dozens of new tricks!
Gameplay 80%Riptide GP2 is a racing game on water tracks where you pilot a futuristic jet ski. Like any arcade racer, your objective is to reach the goal after 2-3 laps in first place, or at least third to continue advancing your career as a profesional Hydro Jet pilot. The control is simple, your vehicle accelerates automaticaly, and you just press anywhere on the right or left side of the screen to turn. There are down arrows in the bottom corners of the screen that allow you to slow down in order to take sharp turns, and there’s a fire icon in the top right side of the screen to activate Turbo. Along the tracks, there are ramps you can take to go into the air, and perform air tricks to earn boost power. While you’re in the air, slide both your fingers on each side of the screen left, right, up or down, and depending on the combination you’ll perform a specific trick. For example, up+up makes the pilot sit on the handlebar, down+down makes him jump from the seat and just hold on to the bar with his hand, left+up makes him stand up, and so much more. By winning races, you’ll earn money to improve your vehicle, learn new tricks, buy new hydro jets or custimize them with paint jobs. There are regular races against 7 opponents, time trials where you must beat the clock, and an Elimination Match where every 15 seconds the last place gets disqualified, and you must be the last survivor. You start out in the novice cup, and you level up and win stars after a race to unlock more cups and tracks to play in. 1st Place gives you 3 stars, 2nd place 2 stars, and you get only 1 for 3rd. After a few tracks are completed, you’ll get to a track that asks a certain number of stars to participate. Also, you level up as a pilot, and to play new cups with fiercer competitors you must get to a certain level.
Graphics 90%Riptide GP2 features realistic 3D graphics with dynamic lighting and water reflections. The models look very detailed for a mobile game, but the way the water looks is what really stands out. You can see the hydro jets splashing and the camera can get wet when you fall down after jumping from a ramp or use turbo. The animation is well done, and is fun to see the pilot performing air tricks like hand-stand, superman, lazy boy and summersaults turning over the whole jet ski. When you perform a trick and don’t sit down in time, you’ll go flying and skip on the water like a dummy, which looks pretty funny. The tracks have very high tech futuristic style, you can see many machines moving around in some parts of the track, and skycrappers that look like the ones in “The Jetsons”. When you activate Turbo, white speed lines appear on the screen around your pilot, and the edges of the screen get a little burry to create the feeling of high speed. It doesn’t really look that great, and it’s actually kind of distracting from the action, specially when you turn around in the middle of the boost being used.
Production Quality 92%Riptide GP2 aims to have a console quality racer for phones and tablets, and it does have enough features in career mode to have a racing game fan busy beating all the cups and improving the hydro jet and pilot skills. The graphics are great, but the music is not very exciting, and doesn’t really sound futuristic or fitting for what should be a high-adrenaline ride. At least the race announcer voice is well done, and the sound effects are just the quality you’d expect. The game has many control modes, and it’s compatible with gamepads. There are a few extra game modes besides the regular 8 Pilot races, achievements, and there’s online multiplayer mode so the fun never ends.
Value for your Money 90%Riptide GP2 costs $1.99 on the Apple App Store, which is a reasonable price, more so if you consider the PC version being sold for $7. The Android version is free to play, but it has advertising and in-app transactions.
SummaryRiptide GP2 may be the best water racer game available for mobile devices. Compared to similar arcade and console classics, it doesn’t really holds up, but for someone that wants to pilot hydro jets and perform air tricks on a phone or tablet, it’s quite entertaining, and for a low price. Try out the android version and decide for yourself if you want to buy the premium experience. Pros
- Many Control Configurations to play
- OnLine Multiplayer Mode
- Great Graphics, the water looks awesome for a mobile title
- It’ll take a long time to improve your vehicle without in-app transactions
- The gameplay feels slow and not as fun compared to arcade and console water racers