08 Nov

RipTide is a Jet Ski racing game and is released by Vector Unit.

“Rev up your supercharged jet ski and take a wild ride through twisting canals and rivers, futuristic cityscapes, and mysterious research facilities. Skill, stunts, and speed will be your best allies as you grab massive air off huge waves, kick out death-defying tricks, and boost your jet ski to victory across a dynamic, ever-changing torrent of foam and spray.”

This game reminded me very much of the classic Hydro Thunder in design and this is not a bad thing at all in my books.

The game offers several modes of play, you can select between 250CC, 500CC and 1000CC (Easy, Medium and Hard difficulty.)

  • Race – Select a track and then race against the other opponents to finish first.
  • Hot Lap – Select a track and race it on your own against the clock. 
  • Championship – Race through the five events, containing a number of races to be the winner. 

At first most of the tracks are locked, but as you finish these more tracks are unlocked.

Three Jet Skis are available to play at the start of the game, each with Unique levels of Acceleration, Top Speed and Handling. As you finish the later races three more Jet Skis can be unlocked.

As you race you will find ramps that you can pull stunts from, get the stunt right and you will gain more boost to use in-game. Stunts are easy to perform with a quick swipe on the two bottom sections of the screen. Stunts can be pulled without a ramp, but you need to launch from the bumpy water high enough.

The game offers a total of twelve tracks, however, there are really only six tracks, with a reverse version of these making up the rest of these. The tracks are generally well designed with a shortcut often opening on the second lap.

Each race is generally over three laps and each lap takes around one minute to complete.

Controls are done by tilting the device to move left and right. If you hold the bottom right of the screen you accelerate and the bottom left to brake. You can also tap on the turbo meter to activate it. I wish there had been alternative controls on offer, but the default ones work just fine. 

The graphics are excellent with nice water effects. The sound and music are both good.

On the upside:

  • A good racing game with nice tilt controlled handling.
  • Stunts are well designed.

On the downside:

  • Some of the tracks are better designed than others, when a shortcut opens it can be hard to the leader to take it.
  • Limited life span, easy is a little too easy, but the other difficults are as expected.

Overall, this the best Jet Ski game I have played on iOS. I would have liked to have been able to create a profile and modify my colours etc, but this was not available in games like Hydro Thunder, so I will not hold it against this title. If you like your water racing games then this one is well worth downloading.

Rating: 84%

Size: 40.7 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.99

Link: Riptide GP – Vector Unit

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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Game - Sport, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews


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