Interesting story: This guy right here, Riptide GP, was free to download from the App Store last week, with more than three million people grabbing a slice and ultimately exploding the OpenFeint servers. Great stuff.
But, now that it’s back up to full price, the question is: Is Riptide GP worth 69p? The answer? Absolument, mes amis.
What the hell is it? Well, Riptide GP is a jet ski racing game, very much in the style of Nintendo’s Wave Race 64. Actually, come to think of it, there’s definitely a touch of Wipeout in there, too.
The first thing you’ll notice about Riptide GP is that it looks freakin’ incredible. The water effect and the accompanying physics are spot on, and there’s eye-melting Retina support for the iPhone 4S and new iPad. Delish.
But great graphics do not necessarily a great game make. Fortunately Riptide GP doesn’t scrimp in other areas.
We have 12 “futuristic” water raceways. Not sure what exactly makes them futuristic, but I guess that backs up the aforementioned Wipeout reference.
There are also six jet skis in Riptide GP, with various top speeds and accelerations and that, and three game modes including a fairly meaty Championship thingy.
The controls in Riptide GP are predominantly tilt-based, though you can tap the bottom left to brake (wuss), while boost is activated by tapping the meter on the right.
Speaking of boost, it's earned by performing tricks in the air. Different combinations of swipes (up with your left thumb + down with the right, for example) yield different tricks.
There’s also – as I mentioned before – OpenFeint support. Bizarrely, the Game Center stuff (achievements etc.) didn’t work for me. I should probably try reinstalling or something.
Gripes? Well, play a handful of races in Riptide GP, and you’ve pretty much seen it all. I mean, you mightn’t literally have seen every course and performed every trick, but it’s all much of a muchness.
Suggestions? How about some power-ups, or the ability to punch rival racers in the gob, Road Rash-style?
Having said all that, it’s still great fun as it is, and a total steal at 69p.
And that’s Riptide GP. Go get it.
- 12 raceways
- Six jet skis
- Looks incredible
- Quite samey
- Give us some power-ups
Summary: Riptide GP is a jet ski racing game what is good to play.
Developer: Vector Unit
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: 69p @ App Store