Dec 12, 2016
The sequel is here! Say hello to Hill Climb Racing 2.
The graphics hearken to the original iteration: fun, with a hint of exaggerated physics and hilly, 2D racing and smooth animations.
The control mechanism should also be somewhat familiar to purveyors of the original version; again, two main controls to controls to control the vehicle as it bounces of hilly paths as it races from left to right. The trick is figuring out how to use both pedals in tandem. The right pedal moves the car forward and keeps it a bit front-side up; the back pedal, in essence, does the opposite. Now, the dichotomy becomes apparent when the vehicle goes airborne (and yes, it will). If you keep that forward/gas pedal mashed, the jeep will tend to tip backwards, up until it tips over — ending the run.
Conversely, being overly ambition with the back/break button can make the jeep flip over the front. With a little practice though, one might be able to manage the vehicle’s forward progress by judiciously using both buttons.
Actual gameplay comes in two flavors Cups pits you against other AI racers in a points driven series of races. Adventure is more idyllic — but just so; this is a self-indulgent high distance experience. The friend challenge allows you to take on friends in a battle to the finish line. All have their merits, but we did. lot of work in the cups.
The race ways are lined up with gold coins and valuable gas fill-ups. The latter are important, and are one reason one doesn’t want to get caught between obstacles after, say, an errant jump. The gold coins (and the rewards for good performances) are valuable when it comes to upgrading the vehicle.
And vehicle upgrades are a huge part of going further into the game, because the raceways do become pretty tough to conquer with only the bare basic start car. It’s also possible to soup up the car and driver with better paint, clothing and hairdo. Hey… you do you.
The other play modes are easy to get into; Adventure Mode is a great way to accumulate coins in a relatively self-paced environment, while Friends looks to tap into Facebook relationships.
The game incorporates in-app purchasing for those that like to expedite processes. There are goodies chests and achievement bonuses as well.
All in all, it is a fine sequel, but one that easily stands on its own. The different modes are enjoyable as standalones, and the challenge is engaging without being infuriating.