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Genre: 3D, Racing/Driving :: Players: 3+ :: Released: 17/3/10

Raging Thunder 2 (iPhone) Review

Developer: Polarbit

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Fast loading times
Great graphics
A lot of variety in options and courses

Cons

No iPod integration
Some of the courses are a little confusing

Sound
Vibration
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Network
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

90

Graphics

95

Sound

83

Controls

88

Playability

90

Lastability

92

Review Details
Handset Apple iPhone 3G
Time Played 2 hours
Game Progress Completed first 5 cups

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 17/3/10

One of the best driving games ever, just got better


Raging Thunder has rapidly become a benchmark in driving games. The original java version was released at the tail end of 2005 and was years before its time in terms of graphics, gameplay, the works basically. Naturally, once iPhone gaming launched, Raging Thunder was an obvious choice to port to the super smartphone.

A couple of years have passed and it's duly time for the sequel. As before, the game is a plain racer - no fancy undercover plot just unadulterated speed. Graphically, Raging Thunder 2 pushes the envelope in just the same manner as the original. The speed and smoothness of the animation is amazing and there is no lag on the 3G and even the loading times are fast. Polarbit clearly knows how to get the most out the iPhone. On top of the great graphics, there is a good soundtrack (although no iPod integration), a host of game modes and there is even a very workable multiplayer internet option as well.

The bread and butter of the game is in the career mode. This is where you can unlock more tracks, win money and buy and upgrade more cars. The levels can be a little tough but there are plenty of money pickups to collect and gradually you should be able to pimp your car and make for some easy victories. There are 6 cars, 8 cups and 12 different courses to master. The options settings are pretty detailed and you can toggle the auto accelerate. Yup, it's another driving game where you can just concentrate on the steering. The game only has steer-by-tilt options but there is tilt sensitivity settings and we never experienced any problems with the calibration.

Each cup in career mode pits you against 5 other drivers in a mini tournament across 2 or 3 different courses. The laps are quick and you can complete a cup in just a few minutes. You need to come in the top three if yo want to unlock the next cup. Either way, look out for the power ups and you should soon get some more cash for upgrades. Other extras to look out for are the blue boost icons (which charge your nitro) and you can also drive over the repair icons to patch your car up. The car can take quite a beating but there is a noticeable drop in speed once you've taken a battering. There are plenty of other side quests as well. Your top speed and longest jump are all logged and there are even hidden stunt stars to find on each course. The courses have a number of shortcuts to find but they do require skilful driving if you make the most of it; a star awaits if you manage it successfully.

It's worth quickly mentioning that the game also features Arcade mode (race all the courses against the clock), Survival (similar to Elimination mode in other games) and the ubiquitous Time Attack. There's plenty on offer and the Time Attack, especially, should keep you coming back for more.

There are plenty of AAA driving games on the App Store these days. Raging Thunder 2's main benefit is the overall speed, fast loading times, internet multiplayer and its amazing graphics. The gameplay aint too shabby either.