Endless Road Review – A stylish endless racing game
App Type: Uncategorized
By: Chillingo Ltd
Version #: 1.0.2
Date Released: 2012-11-21
Developer: Chillingo Ltd
Price: $0.99User Rating:
Endless Road gives me very mixed feelings. On one hand, I love it. On the other, I hate it. Read on, please.
Endless Road is yet another endless racing game, in the same vein as the classic Canabalt, but with a setting akin to Cubed Rally Redline. You drive a car in a road, while avoiding obstacles and keeping your speed high enough to keep you from dying. What? Yes indeed: the road disappears in the bottom and is created in the front. If you are too fast, you disappear as it is created, if you are too slow you fall as it is destroyed. Controls are simple enough: tap in the right part of the screen to change lane to the right and on the left to change lane to the left. In the middle-bottom to activate a powerup.
On the bright side, Endless Road (although being called endless) is composed of predefined road sections. Every time you finish a section you have to choose right or left… And this determines the next section. Almost all are different themed, and some are very cool. For example, you can ride the subway in one of them, drive through a 6-lane highway, a 2-lane cliffhanger or several different labyrinths. Or among UFOs. Or in a volcano. Or… (I have discovered 28 areas already.) Great for my tastes on this part.
And yet to add to the hate, this is a Chillingo game. As usual, the game is polished enough to be cool, but of course, it is almost impossible to unlock new cars without paying for them. A usual run is around 3-5km, which results in around 50-70 collected coins. To unlock the first unlockable car (Formula 1, I have it already…) you need 7000 coins! I will spare you the math: you have to play this average run a hundred times. To simplify it there are 3 “missions” available that give a larger reward. For example, jumping over a police car (disclaimer: found a bug and this mission is locked for me…,) or driving 2km without a collision. For the most basic car. Of course this goes away if you buy an IAP to get more coins, but I find this quite insulting. The game is not free (priced at 0.99$ I think it is very cheap, though,) but I’d rather pay 2.99$ for this with simple unlockables (like Cubed Rally Redline has!) than giving Chillingo any money through in-app purchases.
In short: The game is very good and will keep you entertained for long hours. But as other Chillingo games, it is meant as a player-money milking scheme.
Editor note: Endless Road has been updated with a new world and extreme mode, where new road designs keep appearing without needing to turn. Awesome!
Would I Buy Again:Yes
Who Is It For:Endless players
What I Like:Design, idea, execution
What I Don't Like:Steep IAP, the game is also extremely hard
Final Statement:A good addition to the endless world
Outrun a collapsing road in this intense isometric racer
Put your foot down and drive along a unique landscape that builds itself right before your eyes and falls away behind you. Dodge the traffic to keep your speed up and hit chevrons to boost. Explore new areas on each run, use power-ups to clear the way, and drive as far as you possibly can!
DRIVE FOR YOUR LIFE
Steer your way through traffic, police cars, and pitfalls in order to avoid the road that’s falling away behind you while keeping your eyes on the road ahead.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
Drive along a sublimely artistic landscape with branching roads, from built-up urban streets to idyllic seaside paths to rocky mountain trails, all to the beat of a thumping soundtrack.
UNDER THE HOOD
Complete mission objectives and collect coins to spend on fine-tuning your power-ups. Purchase new rides such as a flower power van, and unlock colors to paint your road with.
•A tense endless racer with branching paths and deadly obstacles.
•Drive along a beautiful isometric landscape with a thumping soundtrack.
•Unlock upgrades, new cars, and power-ups.
•Compete with Facebook friends in weekly tournaments.
•UNIVERSAL: Works, and looks incredible, on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
IMPORTANT: If you experience crashes please log out of Game Centre. We have had reports of crashes happening in limited circumstances. Please do not purchase the 50,000 coin option - we have had a few reports of a problem with this item. We are preparing an update and will have both problems fixed as soon as we can - apologies for the inconvenience.
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