Madcoaster review (iOS / Universal)

July 20, 2012

“Ooh, down a white knuckle ride”

10 word description: Endless roller-coaster runner. Multiple themes and upgrades. Game Center.

10 word review: Addictive, quite easy and very pretty. IAPs can be ignored.

You will like this if you enjoy: Endless runners.

The good news: Simple one-touch control. Very attractive graphics. Easy to unlock all themes (by reaching 10,000 metres). Satisfying and addictive gameplay.

The bad news: Possibly “too easy” for some players, although I don’t have a problem with it. After 15,000 metres, particularly in the cloudy windmill theme, the short stretches of track tend to lead to a series of rather quick crashes. The distractions of the great foreground and background visuals often contribute to crashes, which is probably the intention!

Arcadelife verdict: I know this one has been out for ages but I went back to it recently and found myself quite hooked, at least for a couple of days! The IAPs are completely unnecessary, unless you just want to unlock a bunch of very expensive cosmetic upgrades. I’ve unlocked all the themes and an extra heart (life) just by playing the game fairly normally, also earned enough coins to unlock a couple of different riders or one of the fancier looking coasters.

Overall, this is a very fun member of the endless runner genre with a lot of different themes (backgrounds and creatures) plus the occasional surprise. Completing each of the progressive sets of objectives raises your level and your score multiplier.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9/10
Audio – 8/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 8.5/10
Fun – 8.5/10
Final rating – 86/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.4 (Updated 21 June 2012)
iTunes link

Chillingo / Madcoaster website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)


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