Monster Trucks Nitro 2 sets its tone early on. After you boot up the main menu screen, you’re immediately rewarded with a flashy 3D model of a monster truck jumping over two trains. From there, you can tell it’s going to be a wild ride.
In every single one of its race tracks, Monster Trucks Nitro 2 consistently surprised us with its bold presentation and unstoppable sense of fun. You’ll plow through school buses and face ramps that would make Evil Knievel wince.
By the end of the game, you’ll even launch monster trucks over the Grand Canyon and to the moon. Believe us when we say this game is the very definition of over-the-top.
Fly me to the moon.
Gameplay is so simple, it requires practically no button presses at all. You control your truck by tilting left and right. Auto-accelerate is always on, but you can back your truck up with a slider at the bottom of the screen (we only had to use this for one race in the whole game). Your truck has super-floaty physics, so leaning back will put your front wheels high in the air.
To gain speed, you’ll want to keep all four (or six) wheels on the ground, which means adjusting to every ramp and grade by tilting. This has the effect of making you feel like you’re on a wild roller coaster, leaning into the big climbs and drops.
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!
At the height of every jump, you can tilt your device 90 degrees, which will send your truck into a flip. Landing a flip will give you a nitro boost, which just adds to the mania. Boost, flip, tilt, and soar are the name of the game.
Besides its outlandish environments, Monster Trucks Nitro 2 also offers some semblance of a racing game. On each track, you’ll compete against one ghost car, which is visible but won’t get in the way of your truck. You’ll have to complete each track three times, against progressively faster ghost racers. Most tracks only lasts a minute at the most, and they’re so well-designed that you won’t mind playing them again and again.
For a game with such simple controls, Monster Trucks Nitro 2 offers nothing but excitement. It’s like a ridiculous parody of an action film, with explosions and soaring jumps every few seconds. While the physics are very floaty and unrealistic, it’s a joy to watch your truck go soaring at the slightest jump. Now, is it too much to hope for a sequel featuring Robosaurus?