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Offroad Legends review (iOS / Universal)

August 3, 2012

“Monster Truck, Monster Truck, run into me and you’re outta luck”

10 word description: 2.5D offroad challenges. Multiple vehicles, 56 tracks, physics, Game Center.

10 word review: Great fun, with realism judiciously sacrificed in favour of entertainment!

You will like this if you enjoy: Trials style driving/riding games. 2D side-view racing/stunt games. Pretty graphics. Car crashes and explosions.

The good news: Excellent graphics. Good performance on my test devices – 4th gen iPod Touch & 1st gen iPad. Suitably rocking soundtrack and convincing (i.e. not tinny) sound effects. Tilting the vehicles (as if you were leaning forward or backward on a motorbike) works well and adds a lot of fun to the game, despite not exactly being very realistic! There’s a nice variety of challenges, including transport missions that aren’t timed and insane target jumps over huge pools of lava. Again, hardly realistic but a heck of a lot of fun. The controls are spot on.

This screenshot is from the Warmup (free) version. That’s why there’s a “buy full version” button top right. Just in case you were wondering

The bad news: Although I didn’t find the game brutally difficult, it’s worth noting that progress requires the completion of each mission in order to unlock the next one. There’s what I would call a “sympathy IAP” one-off payment to unlock everything, although if you are finding it impossible to unlock all the tracks and vehicles by playing the game then you’re hardly going to want to pay to unlock more tracks that you won’t be able to beat.

Arcadelife verdict: I really like this game! It’s great that the graphics look so good and there’s a diverse variety of vehicles to muck about with, but what is truly impressive is that the developers chose to include all the crazy stuff like the target jumps, rocket-powered nitro pick-ups and the unavoidable yet hilarious crashes. It’s always amusing when you lose two wheels but don’t get prompted for an automatic restart, your vehicle crawling slowly along until the first uphill slope where it just comes to a grinding halt.

There’s even the charming but quite unnecessary inclusion of a pretty young woman in partially unzipped racing overalls offering tutorial style advice and the occasional congratulatory comment when you win a medal.

Overall, this is a fun and good-looking game, easily recommended. If you think it might be a bit too unrealistic for you, or too difficult, or whatever, the free/demo version – Offroad Legends Warmup –  has plenty of challenges and several different vehicles; try that and you’ll definitely know whether you’re going to want the full version.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9.5/10
Audio – 9/10
Controls – 9.5/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 92/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

DogByte Games / Offroad Legends website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 5.1.1)
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)

 

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