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Xtreme Wheels

 

 

SCORE: 74

 

Xtreme Wheels 

 

Xtreme Wheels is one of the most interesting apps I have reviewed on the iPad. Players take on the role of a motorcycle driver who races to the finish line in some amazing courses. The view is from the side, and the graphics are amazing. More to come on that later. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a download code for this review.

Xtreme Wheels looks amazing. That is the first thing I noticed about this game. Why the failing score? Well the rider crashes in numerous ways, and some of them produce blood. Other times the rider explodes and flops around. The animations in Xtreme Wheels when this happens are not as impressive as the graphics themselves. In fact my reactions to them were of the negative variety.

The heavy metal sounds to Xtreme Wheels are thick. The engine noises in this app are just as loud and proud. This is how this industry sounds. I got a headache from them, as did a few others who observed the game. There are others who really like the music. I respect the fact that the music in Xtreme Wheels fits the theme of the game.

There are twenty levels in Xtreme Wheels. They grow progressively more difficult as the player progresses. There are some nice little continuation points that are appropriately placed. I am writing this review before the game goes live, so I am not clear on what the final price for Xtreme Wheels will be.

In the first world I really enjoyed the game play in Xtreme Wheels. It was pretty simple, and there was not a lot of skill required. The game also played fine. In the middle of the second world Xtreme Wheels started to crash - a lot. By crashing I mean the app, not my in game character. Well my in game character was crashing too. The main problem I ran into was the sliding bar. There are two important buttons in Xtreme Wheels. One for hitting the gas and the other for adjusting the angle of the vehicle. That slider does not adjust back. So I go down and move the slider forward. I then go down again, and the slider is already all the way forward. My rider crashes. So I have to move it back to center before I want to use it again. This lead to frustration.

My rider in Xtreme Wheels got his head stuck inside concrete slabs and the body hung there. I learned to quickly adjust to different angles so my rider would survive. I really hope that no one out there ever tries any courses like the ones in Xtreme Wheels. Especially with things like explosive barrels. This app is an interesting idea that has a few kinks to work out.
- Paul  

 

Graphics: 68%
Sound: 79%
Replay/Extras: 81%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 74%
System: iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Bravo Game Studios
ESRB Rating: '9+' for 9+
{Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence}

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