Extreme Road Trip is the top free app on the App Store at the moment, hence the review. I’m not sure why I felt the need to justify myself there, but there you go.
I imagine this review will be short and sweet, much like the game itself. There’s not a hell of a lot to Extreme Road Trip, but what little there is is freakin’ great.
“Your gas pedal is stuck!” explains the tutorial in Extreme Road Trip. As such, you must attempt to keep driving – pedal to the proverbial metal – till your fuel runs out.
More specifically, the aim is to cover as much distance as possible. You can earn temporary boosts by performing tricks and landing sweet jumps. When you land after a jump, you receive a rating of sloppy, good, great or perfect. The better the landing, the more boost you receive.
On the other hand, if your landing is particularly bad, your car will instantly explode. Bad times.
Control-wise, all you have to do is use the on-screen arrows to tilt your car left and right in mid-air. That’s it. When you earn boost, it’s applied automatically; otherwise, your car maintains a uniform speed.
By default there’s just the one car, but five more are available. One in particular can be unlocked by using a ballsy in-app interface to ‘like’ the game on Facebook. All you have to do is enter your email address and password. Ahem.
The other four cost 69p individually, or can you buy all five locked vehicles in one pack for £1.49. They all handle a little differently, though I’m not sure if the price tag is necessarily justified.
Graphically, Extreme Road Trip isn’t exactly jaw-dropping, but the music is absolutely sublime. According to the App Store blurb, it’s “by Magnus "SoulEye" Pålsson of "VVVVVV" fame”. Who knew?
Extreme Road Trip is hugely addictive. I must’ve played close to 100 sessions. In theory it’s easy enough to cruise along until your fuel runs out, but the temptation to perform a death-defying back-flip every time your car leaves the ground is often too much.
- Free (mostly)
- *Hugely addictive
- The other vehicles are quite pricey
- No variety
- *Hugely addictive
Summary: An incredibly simple idea, perfectly executed, Extreme Road Trip is well worth the 0p it’ll set you back. Go check it out.
Developer: Roofdog Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
Price: free @ App Store