Go Crazy And Rule The Street With Highway Rider for iPhone

Genres: Action | Arcade| Entertainment
Size: 36.6 MB

Developer: BatteryAcid Games

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

Speed junkies, brace up your helmets and experience some high-octane action! Be stupidly irresponsible by breaking all your bones with Highway Rider. The game play is simple. Use the motion sensors to control your speed monster.

– Tilt to Steer your Bike
– Drive Close to Vehicles to Score
– Embrace the High Speeds!

From Highway Rider’s title screen, we’ve got the option to Customize, which allows you to change your rider’s attire (choose from 10 presets) and select your motorcycle colour (five in total). There’s also the option to view Leaderboards, in conjunction with Apple’s GameCenter. In Highway Rider, you tilt to steer left and right, while tapping the screen unleashes a taunt. That’s your lot. Nice and simple.

In Highway Rider, being daring and passing close to vehicles increases your speed and your score. Be careful with your maneuvering though, crashing hurts. You can Battle head to head online to test your riding skills – weave through traffic against international opponents. Earn achievements by doing bodily harm, and then collect pictures of your crushing accidents. Customize your own rider to give them a personal touch.

This game wants you to remain on the edge of a cliff by rewarding you only if you take risks. Zoom down the open highway and try to pass closely without crashing. How many close calls can you get determines your score. Don’t get tempted and move too close to the traffic. Judge your speed and improvise skillfully to zoom past the vehicles and increase the score. Accidents can be pretty severe and the amount of damage is quite clearly shown which might be disturbing. But the rider is determined to do well and rises from the dead every time, even if not a single bone in his body is intact. You can also use nitrous boost during the game.

There’s a modest handful of vehicles to avoid, namely big white trucks and cars (red, green and blue). Oh, and the occasional set of roadworks. Both cars and trucks are polite enough to indicate whenever they’re changing lane (there are only two), so they’re pretty easy to avoid. Indeed, you don’t actually have to get that close for a close call. It’s odd that there’s no incentive to chain close calls together. Usually in these things there’s a time limit for combos, but not so here. You can go five minutes with no close calls at all, if you like.

The App Store blurb suggests we might soon see a Police Outrun Mode and Road Rash-style racing with punches and kicks. Like! The framework is there for a really good game.

Pros

  • It’s free
  • Looks decent enough in terms of graphics
  • Simple Game Play
  • Easy on the eye UI
  • GameCenter achievements and leaderboards

The name of the game is to drive quite close to cars and trucks. But the problem is there is nothing that will reward you for going the longer distance. Even if you manage to avoid the traffic for a long time your score remains the same. That’s discouraging. You have to move past vehicles close enough to get the score running. If you move past them with a fair amount of distance when you move past them its of no use.

Summary: Despite being utterly devoid of depth, Highway Rider is quite enjoyable. And it’s free. Check it out. What’s the worst that could happen?

Price: free @ App Store

 

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