The one genre that seems to be perfectly suited for tilt-controls are racers. Racing games that have solid and responsive tilt controls bring an entertaining experience. Fortunately this statement rings true with Beach Buggy Blitz and unlike most iOS racers out there today, Beach Buggy Blitz taps into a Freemium experience.
The tracks that make up Beach Buggy Blitz are bright, colorful, and include a good chunk of interactivity as well as introducing randomly generated ones. The interactivity even manages to surpasses most iOS cart racers that we’ve played. However these randomly generated tracks don’t come at a small price and that’s the feeling of ‘been there, done that’. That’s right even though the tracks are randomly generated, more likely than not each track will feel like your playing the same track over and over again. Beating the dead horse a bit further–a mechanic that should give you a feeling of endless tracks instead feels like one course.
The Freemium model comes into play with how specced up your car is. You see you’re given a certain time limit between each checkpoint. Succeed and you’re rewarded with a bit more time to continue your race, fail and it’s game over. There will be a point in each race where no matter how great a driver you are you won’t be able to reach the next checkpoint unless you’re car is souped up to a certain level. Fortunately, leveling up your buggy as well as purchasing/unlocking power-ups comes fast and helps turn a ho-hum repetitive racer into something a bit better.
Ah, but there’s two more tricks up this Freemium pony’s sleeve. As I previously mentioned the tracks are as repetitive as can be but once you level up your buggy enough you will come across a burst of new track layouts including volcanoes and swamps that ramp up the difficulty. The other trick up its sleeve is that Beach Buggy Blitz throws in other AI racers onto the track which makes it feel slightly more like your normal cart racer. While this isn’t necessarily enough to have me keep Beach Buggy Blitz on my iPad, it managed to entertain me for many many playthroughs…and I didn’t even need to spend a nickel.
The Bottom Line: 8/10 (Great)
There’s clearly better racers out there but Beach Buggy Blitz is one of the better Freemium games…and it’s not too shabby of a racer either