Off-roading isn't exactly what you would call serious business. You roam around the hillside or desert dunes, struggling up rocky terrains and trying to remain vertical. While most real life roadtrips don't end with you toppling over and exploding in a fireball of glory, Hill Climb Racing breaks the mold of most off-roading games and turns them on their head. Hill Climb Racing is a game app for the iOS and Android where players must make it through an off-roading course with an out of this world physics engine. Basically, the laws of gravity don't apply to you, at least not as far as the real world is concerned. You'll bounce around on your 4-wheeler until you reach the end of the level, but several obstacles lie in your way.

Hill Climb Racing

Description:

Title: Hill Climb Racing
Publisher: Fingersoft
Mode: Single Player
Genre: Racing, Platformer
Platforms: Mobile
Downloads: Android / iPhone

Gameplay

Hill Climb Racing takes a bit of getting used to. Your vehicle's capabilities aren't exactly what you would call realistic, and the controls are far more responsive than your average game. This makes for ludicrously impossible flips and jumps, but we're not complaining. It's what makes the game so fun. You have only two touchscreen controls: the accelerator and the brake. The only way you can go is forward, so the game doesn't really need anything more than that. You can angle your vehicle during jumps by tilting your phone to either side.

The game offers a variety of terrains in several different levels, and completion of a particular level depends on whether you can keep your vehicle upright and fueled with canisters that appear at random points along the way. Your session ends if your poor driver lands on his head and breaks his neck. This is about the only realistic element in the game. Coins also appear throughout the level for you to collect and upgrade your vehicle. Other vehicles, including a racecar and monster truck, can be purchased after you collect enough coins.

The game's graphics aren't anything spectacular, but they do the job. The charm of Hill Climb Racing comes from its addictive personality. It's easy to sit down for a quick game and find yourself still playing hours later. It's a good lesson in not judging a book by its cover (or in this case, a game by its graphics).

Review

Hill Climb Racing has received high ratings on Google Play and the App Store, and the rating is much deserved. What the game lacks in graphics, it makes up for in ridiculousness and addictive gameplay. It's fun watching your 4-wheeler spin in the air, come crashing down, and subsequently bounce end over end to land perfectly upright. It's an escape from reality that users love, and the physics engine is nothing short of spectacular. Upgrades and achievements give players goals to work toward that will keep them coming back time and time again to beat personal records while fighting the laws of gravity.