Feb 4, 2015
Checkpoint Champion is a cool new driving game that rewards careful, skilful driving. Taking control of cute SD versions of well-known cars the player weaves their way to greatness.
Checkpoint Champion is a great fit for mobile gaming. Using a simple control system, the player must weave their way through very short ten second challenges. These involve driving into checkpoints before time runs out. Each challenge features plenty of fiendish challenges like hairpin turns; handbrake turns, obstacles that need to be avoided and plain tough driving. Checkpoint Champion rewards precision and it is very satisfying to get a level right.
Each level is fun in its own way. For example Tornado has its checkpoints appear in a tight circle on a dirt surface. Since the player is driving in a small circle they kick up a lot of spiraling dust, hence the levelâ€™s name. Another involves slaloming though slippery mud and another has your car driving very fast around a tree without hitting it in a level aptly called Ring A Rosy. Every level is different and the game never gets dull.
Like most games of this type each level gives the player a rating from 1-3 stars. Unlocking new cars requires a certain amount of stars and getting three stars is of course where the real game lies. Checkpoint Champion can be very difficult but this difficulty never feels unfair. Completing each level isnâ€™t too hard, itâ€™s getting the best rank that really provides the challenge.
A game that demands precision like Checkpoint Champion needs great controls and thankfully the game delivers on that. Holding either the left or right side half of the screen steers in that direction while holding both uses your turbo. The control system feels very sharp and well made.
The game also uses your Google+ profile to display scores from friends which is always fun and motivates you to beat them.
Checkpoint Champion has no IAP to speak of. All cars and their paintjobs can be unlocked by simply playing the game and there is no nasty energy meters or other restrictions. The sole piece of IAP in the game is a $1.99 purchase to remove the ads and unlock a few Prostar paintjobs. This is a great change from the freemium choked cesspit that is the Google Play store. Bravo Prostar.
Checkpoint Champion looks very good. The cars on offer are cute versions of well-known cars. The Levin/Trueno in particular is cool looking. A lot of additional paint jobs can be unlocked by completing goals in games. The sound is really good as well. Some very, very catchy music pumps away in the background and the carâ€™s motor sound and effects for collecting checkpoints are just fine.
Checkpoint Champion is a fun and addictive game with plenty of content for $0. With no nasty freemium and excellent gameplay on offer everyone should get a lot out of Checkpoint Champion.