Hope you brought your bathing suit, because Aqua Moto Racing 2 makes a big splash in the water racing genre on the iPhone. Granted, there’s no shortage of racing games on the App Store, but most of them take place on land, and only a handful are more polished and satisfying than Aqua Moto Racing 2.
This game is all about racing a jet ski through twisting courses. You’ll have to edge closely around buoys, manage tumultuous water, and outmaneuver your computer opponents. As with all racing games, the ability to control your vehicle is key, and here Aqua Moto Racing 2 delivers. Accelerating and decelerating is handled flawlessly, and turns feel as tight as a sailor’s knot. For some reason the default control scheme uses an onscreen steering wheel, but you can switch to tilt at any time in the options menu if you’d prefer.
Scorpion rides the waves.
An impressive 24 tracks are included in the game, grouped into seven tiered cups that make up the challenge mode. Completing these tracks unlocks a mirrored mode, in which you can play all of the tracks in reverse. While the obstacles and the shape of the tracks vary nicely as you progress, the basic look of the levels doesn’t change much. We got a little tired of looking at palm trees and blue skies on just about every level (and then sunsets in the mirrored challenges). We certainly wouldn’t mind seeing those views all the time in real life, but in a videogame it makes the levels blend together.
As you progress, your character levels up, which adds new tricks to your repertoire and unlocks better vehicles in the in-game store. Winning races nets you the most money, but you’ll also get cash by picking up the treasures scattered throughout each level, and by landing flashy tricks. This money can then be unloaded on a jet ski that puts yours to shame. It’s a great feeling to use a new vehicle for the first time; you’ll notice the extra horse power instantly.
Launch like an Egyptian.
For all this game does right, it has a pretty big drawback: there’s no multiplayer. It’s strange to see such a feature-rich racer without at least local connectivity, but Aqua Moto Racing 2 limits your competition to AI opponents. For some people this won’t matter, but for some it’ll be a deal-breaker. The only other issue we have with the game is that it’s a little too easy for our tastes. We won most of the races on our first try, only stumbling when we moved to a new cup without upgrading our vehicle.
But those issues aside, we enjoyed the heck out of Aqua Moto Racing 2. Nearly all of our complaints about the original have been addressed in this sequel, creating a very satisfying water racing experience we can definitely recommend for anyone who doesn’t mind playing against the computer.