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Review Hill Climb Racing
Incredibly fascinating arcade races
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 15 Dec 2013, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Quality animation, quality graphics, lots of levels, really addictive, convenient controls, true-to-life physics
No significant shortcomings
Hill Climb Racing is an incredibly exciting arcade racing for Windows Phone which already for more than a year is the most popular of the genre on iOS and Android-powered devices. There can be seemingly nothing special in an ordinary racer that in addition, is performed in format 2D? But believe us, there is something to see and do. It's safe to say that the percentage of users who have experienced a complete modernization of equipment available in the game, and have opened all the tracks, is very small. It's all because the developers for more than a year regularly release updates adding new game modes and new locations.
Game featuresThe goal of the game is to drive as far and earn as many game points as possible. The latter is awarded for collected coins, as well as for long flights (jumps on rough road sites) and flips in the air. Every coin earned can be spent on improving the performance of chassis of the car, its engine, transmission, wheels (assuming the grip), the aerodynamic properties of the body or the fuel tank.
Don't forget about fuelYes, imagine, the fuel tank can also experience upgrades (on some types of equipment) and all because the petrol in this game is one of the components of success or failure. Once the game starts, the amount of fuel will decrease with each second. Even if you do not drive and just stand, the gasoline will still be spent. In order not to get stuck in the middle of the road with the empty tank, you will need to regularly collect red cans of gasoline and then you can safely continue driving.
Influence of upgrade of certain elements on the gameplayAll the components and assemblies of a car undergoing upgrade, greatly affect the physics. For example, if you do not pump suspension dampers, the car will be constantly jumping and the risk of turning over on some rises or after landing will be very high. Tires need to be upgraded just because with normal you won't be able to climb even a small hill. An engine after upgrade becomes able to conquer any part of the route but again, only if everything's okay with carrier and wheels.
Abundance of equipmentAt the beginning, you will have at your disposal a small cabriolet and a single track consisting of hills with rope bridges over precipices. After each race, you can improve one or another element of the car and drive more successfully during another attempt. With the money earned, you will be able to earn for other vehicles and new locations. Today, at your disposal there can be 16 types of transport amongst which there are conventional cars and trucks, and SUVs, and buses, as well as a tractor, a snowmobile, a train, a motorcycle, an ATV, a Segway and even a tank.
Range of locationsThere are 15 locations in the game and among them you will see a countryside, desert, the Arctic, a highway, ordinary caves, the Moon, Mars and an alien planet (the last three have surprises in terms of gravity), as well as Arctic caves, forests, mountains, muddy trails, volcanoes, a beach and a roller coaster. Given the way the game has been evolving over the last year, we can assume that in the near future, the developers will delight us with new tracks and new equipment.
ResumeIn general, we recommend Hill Climb Racing to everyone young and old. You will not regret it. Especially, given the fact that the game is absolutely free.