Downhill Xtreme is one of them games that I probably wouldn’t have spent much time with at all, had I not committed (in my head, at least) to scribbling about it this afternoon.
Turns out it’s actually not bad, man. Thank gods for review obligations.
In Downhill Xtreme, you roll down a series of hills from A to B, using your iDevice’s tilt controls to manoeuvre your little guy (or gal) safely down the slope. You can brake by tapping the left of the screen, while tapping on the right – to ‘tuck’ – gives you a speed boost.
If you clip the sides you’ll slow down a tad, while colliding with obstacles or veering off the course completely sends you flying. Bah.
And that’s about the size of Downhill Xtreme in terms of controls. Simple but effective. Worth noting, however, that you’ll look like an absolute tool if, like me, you’re playing on an iPad. Definitely not one for the bus.
You play in groups of three races, called ‘seasons’, and you have to first qualify (by beating a particular time) before entering into the full race with three other boarders. Typically you’re looking to come at least second to progress.
Being free, Downhill Xtreme contains ads, and there’s a touch of freemium junk too. You can upgrade your board (speed/handling) and its wheels (acceleration/drift), and there’s tons of clothing and that with which to customise your character.
Fortunately the freemium element doesn’t play a big role in Downhill Xtreme. Indeed, it’s possible to breeze through the first few seasons (assuming you get the knack of the controls) without any upgrades whatsoever.
When the need to invest in upgrades becomes more pressing, you can easily do so with your in-game race money. No need to whip your wallet out if you don’t want to.
You can also compete online, taking on the ghost of the fastest racer on a particular track, though you’ll need to be pretty souped-up to stand any chance of victory. If you’re in pole position at the end of the competition, you’ll bag a load of gold and XP.
The soundtrack in Downhill Xtreme deserves a special mention. There are a number of rather pleasant tracks from We Outspoken (pop-punk), Kidd Russell (hip-pop) and The Clench (country rawk).
Downhill Xtreme looks pretty sweet too, with the lighting effect making a particular impression.
Not too shabby for a freebie. And that’s Downhill Xtreme.
- Looks and sounds good
- A decent handful of courses
- It’s free
- Tilt controls are embarrassing
- It’s all a bit samey, I guess
Summary: Ideal for fans of Cool Boarders and the like, Downhill Xtreme is prettaaaaay pretty good.
Developer: Distinctive Developments
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: free @ App Store