Now imagine an iOS game that takes that concept and throws in, well, not a heck of a lot else, to be honest. That’s Highway Rider. But is that necessarily a bad thing?
There’s not a great deal to say about Highway Rider, which is slightly worrying, but let’s see how we go. I’m sure I can pad this out. Heck, remember the time I reviewed a light?
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 Game Center. Apparently the guy in first place managed 2,147,483,647 close calls. Er…
And so to the game itself. In Highway Rider, you tilt to steer left and right, while tapping the screen unleashes a taunt. That’s your lot. Nice and simple.
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.
There are five achievements to aim for. None are particularly inspiring (get run over by a vehicle, crash into construction equipment five times…) but it’s an easy 500 points if that’s your bag.
Having said all that, Highway Rider is oddly moreish, and it’s currently free. It’ll kill a few bus or train journeys if nothing else.
Oh, and 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.
- It’s free
- Looks decent enough
- Game Center achievements and leaderboards
- There’s almost nothing to it
- Drive quite close to cars and trucks
- That’s it
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?
Developer: Battery Acid 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.
Price: free @ App Store