Drive as far as you can in your beach buggy, across the sands of a mysterious tropical island.
Players: 1 player
Age: Any Age
Game Time: 30 second to infinity depending on skill
Developer or Designer: Vector Unit
Publisher: Vector Unit
Somehow you and your buddies have ended up stranded on a mysterious island, and just happen to have your beach buggies with you. What luck. So why not discover the ins and outs of the area by racing around?
I think pirates must have once been here since there are coins scattered everywhere. Collect as many as you can so that you can buy power-ups for your vehicle and unlock new characters.
You start with a thirty second timer to get as far around the track as possible, but there are checkpoints along the way that give you an extra fifteen seconds. If you are really skilled, then you can drive for eternity, because the game only ends when you run out of time.
Reaching these checkpoints is easier said than done, as there are plenty of obstacles to crash into. These include palm trees, beach huts, rocks, wildlife, and your fellow racing buddies.
Obstacles aren't all bad, however. Once you have collected enough coins you can buy a power up that creates coins whenever you crash into something.
There are also humorous objectives such as smashing seagulls and crabs. Animal cruelty? Perhaps, but it's only a cartoon. You can check out these achievements and all your stats from the main menu. They tell you things like how many you've smashed, how many kilometres you've driven, and what percentage of the game you have completed.
There are two types of controls for the game. The first is by tilting your tablet like a steering wheel. After playing Tiki Karts 3D
, I was pleasantly surprised at the ease with which I was able to control the buggy this way.
Slide mode, however, is a real let down. Here you move the buggy by either touching the arrows on the screen, or sliding your finger the way you want the buggy to go. Not only does your hand obscure your view, but the buggy doesn't respond very well to these commands. You are much better off using tilt mode.
Whichever you choose, there is also the option of a tilting camera. This makes you feel like you are actually in the buggy, because you get all the turbulent angles. While this is more immersive, I found it disorienting, and difficult to navigate, so I switched it off.
One of the best thing about the game is the graphics. Not only do the 3D characters and environment look great, but if you have a QuadCore tablet, then you get extra special effects, like water coming at you on the screen.