Ground Effect Pro XHD is an futurist air racing game released by Glenn Corpes.
“Boasting incredible 3D graphic detail and procedural landscapes never before seen in any game of its type, the game will appeal to lovers of fast-paced, competitive action genres as well as those who prefer something more sedate and relaxing. 14 challenging levels await you with big jumps, steep drops and twisting paths to master all playable in Stereoscopic 3D if you have 3D glasses. Hunt down your opponents one by one in an attempt to take a medal and unlock the next track or challenge your previous best time in a head to head ghost race.”
The basic ideas of the game is you select for one of ten craft and then fly around a 3D world racing or free roaming the race track area trying to do the laps in the fastest time and before your opponents.
The game has 14 tracks to unlock, but only one race (the oval) is unlocked at first. The ten craft you can select from have little difference other than the colours.
Racing itself has you racing between gates, if you get the gate you gain some boost for extra speed, miss it and you miss out on the boost bonus. In the race mode, you are against eight other racers, however, it is not a real race, as the opponents are spend through the map, so you will start alone from the starting grid.
As you are piloting low flying craft, you can clip over low areas of land, however, if the land is too high or steep then your ship will blow up and you will respawn close to the area.
The gameplay is a little limited with only the boost mixing up the gameplay other than the regular racing. There are no power ups, upgrades or weapons to use, which is a little bit of a shame.
The game modes are also a little limited, the free roam is useful for finding routes in some of the levels and testing ideas to improve your lap time. The ghost racing can then let you put those changes to the test. However, those modes are only useful for so long. The race mode itself is very basic, with the race being for the individual track. There is no championship or something that gives you something to aim at or keep you coming back for me.
The game is controlled (default) by the accelerometer with buttons to brake and use the boost. The accelerometer controls do work well. You have the option of a virtual joystick, but you may want to tweak the sensitivity.
The graphics and sound are both excellent. There is a nice sound track and the game runs very smoothly. There is even an option for 3D glasses, but this is amazing.
On the upside:
- Fun to play.
- Great graphics.
- Lots of tracks to unlock.
On the downside:
- Some of the tracks “There and Back” could have been better designed.
- Once you have unlocked all the tracks there is not much to bring you back for more.
- Can accidently quit the app when clicking the in game back button.
Overall, this is a very nice game, however, it just lacks the real excitement the will keep you coming back for more, which is a shame as it is one of the more expensive games out there. It plays well and looks great, but it just fails to grab you. If there were differences between the craft, a champion or something to set this game apart then this game could have been one of the best Touchpad games out there.
Size: 26.3 MB
Price (at time of review): £3.48