Despite a slew of entrees in the racing genre, there are very few fantastic games on the appstore. Some claim to capture the essence of speed, a particular kind of racing, or perhaps unmatched control or claim graphic prowess. Usually, a few of the elements work well, while the others fall short somehow.
However Aqua Moto Racing manages to succeed in every category that applies to us, and in some cases goes above and beyond the normal call while delivering quite possibly the best reason to own an iDevice today.
Aqua Moto Racing is a beautiful jetski racing game that challenges players throughout 7
different championships racing series with a total of 36 racing tracks spanning three lush environments while offering gameplay that ranges from easy to extremely hard.
You can also perform 6 Radical stunts and perform tight lines around the buoys to gain additional power boosts helping you to overcome the aggressive AI.
A global online leader board is included, as well as the ability to download ghost racers from the current world record holders and compete against them.
There are 2 Modes of gameplay in Aqua Moto Racing. Championship mode where you race against 5 other computer controlled opponents over 7 different race series competing for race points. These points are tallied after each series and the point leader after the rounds is crowned the winner along with gold, silver, and bronze medals.
Time trial will allow you to compete against course records in your search for fame and glory. Each Track must be unlocked via the championship mode and each can be played in reverse as well.
The game also offers 5 different active profiles allowing everyone in the family to play their own game without interfering with your progress. Under these profiles you can see your accomplishments, as well as customize your characters vehicle and riders outfit colors.
The options menu allows you to modify volume and input (tilt) sensitivity to your liking.
All steering is done through the use of the accelerometer in the iDevice’s while your boost and brake are controlled by images on the left and right bottom of the screen.
The game does an excellent job of breaking you into the game as the early courses allow you plenty of room to get your controls in control.
As you race around the tracks you will see red and yellow colored buoys in the water as well as an arrow above them pointing in the direction or side you need to pass on.
If you miss more than 3 buoys your game will end, so make sure you do everything possible to stay in bounds.
As you begin your racing career you will notice that you jetski while controllable is far from perfect. Your corners will be wide. Your takeoffs and top speeds will seem sluggish and that’s all by design.
As you win races you will accumulate racing points which can be used to customize your vehicles handling, speed, boost, or takeoff speeds in one point increments.
These points can be applied or deleted at whim from your vehicle prior to the race so if something isn’t working out for you try mixing it up and see if a different setting will help you out on a specific race.
As you race you will slowly accrue boost which can be used by click on the boost button. This will increase your speed until either you release the button or your boost meter run dry.
There are two additional ways to increase these boost levels, one is to perform tricks when jumping ramps. As you approach a jump press the boost and get as high as you can. Once airborne shake the iDevice and a menu will appear with 6 varying stunts from quick posses to slower but more boost producing stunts.
You must press and hold the stunt button down while still airborne than release and land the jetski prior to receiving any additional boost. If you should however fail and wreck attempting these moves you will forfeit your entire boost collected already.
As you progress in the game the A.I. and the buoy layout becomes tougher and tighter which will require some creative driving and vehicle customization adjustments on your part to progress.
There however is no online multiplayer that I admit is a bit of a let down but hey they can always patch that it right? Hint Hint..
Graphically the game is great. Vibrant backgrounds and water effects, and although there are a few pop texture issues that happen when someone comes up from behind occasionally and a few stutter issues at times, these take nothing away from the overall beauty of the game.
Audio wise the game is good as well, though the race music can tend to get a little repetitive after a few laps. Would be nice to have a few different tracks in there. The sound effects are good with engine and water sounds as well.
Overall I’m extremely happy with this game. It’s been 12 years since Wave Racer 64 came out and stole my racing soul. Aqua Moto Racing has me smiling from ear to ear. I can now say I have my spiritual successor to my favorite racing game of all time. If you’re a fan of games like Sony’s ATV racing or Wave Racer you owe it to yourself to get this game right now, it’s that good and while I don’t go tossing around apps as must have often this deserves a spot on everyone’s first page!
Deep and challenging gameplay
No Online Multiplayer