Racing is now a common genre on the App Store: arcade racing, sim racing, off road racing — you name it. But jet skiing hasn’t exactly been tackled: the only other aqua moto racing game I can think of is Aqua Moto Racing, the first before Aqua Moto Racing 2.
So with nothing to really compare Aqua Moto Racing 2 to, Resolution Interactive really caught a break here. But that’s not saying the game is bad: OpenFeint achievements, solid controls, and a challenging AI makes Aqua Moto Racing 2 quite worthy of purchase, although there are some problems here and there.
Controls: The trick controls aren’t too difficult to get used to, and the tilt/wheel controls were more than enough. There are also control customizations for auto-acceleration, manual acceleration, and more. I really don’t see anyone having problems with the controls, and in a game that requires some sharp cuts, the controls held up quite nicely.
Content: I’ve been playing Aqua Moto Racing 2 for atleast 5 hours now, and I’ve only gotten medals for a bit over half of the championships. If the rate is the same (assuming you beat each track in the same amount of time), this game will last you a good 7-9 hours of gameplay. Not too shabby, I must add.
AI: This is the first racing game that was challenging. Need for Speed Shift, Real Racing, 2XL ATV Offroad, Asphalt 5… all of these racing games were so easy that I beat the second place driver with around 15 seconds to spare. Aqua Moto Racing 2 is one of the first racing games in which I had to fight for the first place; there were times when I didn’t even receive a bronze medal. Don’t worry, the game isn’t too difficult in the beginning. But as the game perfectly progresses, the difficulty will start to ramp up and the AI does find its shortcuts.
Achievements: Achievements add a whole lot of replay value for me, personally, and I’m glad the developers added them. I’m not sure what’s going to happen once I unlock them all (presumably not much replay value left), but it’s a smart addition that I am in love with.
Graphics: Some parts of Aqua Moto Racing 2 were blocky and low-res, and on my iPhone 4, the surroundings were extremely pixelated. They do have an update coming to support the Retina display, but at the time of this review, I have to say that the graphics aren’t too great.
Different game modes: There’s only the championship mode and the goal of the game is this: get first place in the tournament. There are little to no variations in gameplay, and it definitely does hinder gameplay time to 10-15 minute sessions. While it doesn’t get too repetitive, don’t expect this to be a game you’ll be playing throughout an airplane ride.
Aqua Moto Racing 2 didn’t strike me as a breakthrough racing experience, but the balance of the game itself really impressed. Difficulty levels were near perfect, and the controls were pretty solid. Graphics could use some work and there could be some more gameplay modes, but all in all, this is a safe buy for anyone looking into purchasing Aqua Moto Racing 2.