Lane Splitter is about as simple as games get on the iPhone, which is to say it’s nearly as simple as videogames get period. Gameplay-wise, it’s like the dozens of endless running games on iOS, but instead you’re riding a motorcycle. Your job is to avoid crashing for as long as possible. It might not sound like much, but sometimes one well-executed idea is all that’s needed to make an enjoyable game.
As you ride your scooter down a three-lane highway, you have to weave between cars to avoid crashing. The longer you ride, the more points you accrue. But as you get further, you start going faster, and the cars change lanes more frequently For extra points, you can touch the screen to pop a wheelie, which you can hold as long as you want. Of course, when you do a wheelie, the steering becomes erratic, making you more likely to crash.
Rush hour, minus Jackie Chan.
Really, that’s all there is to it, but the game’s a lot of fun to play. Sure, we’d love to see them add new environments and maybe a few more vehicles. But what you get here is a simple, pick-up-and-play experience. The graphics are bright and appealing, the controls are dead-on, and the leaderboards keep track of your high scores. Most importantly, once you start playing, it’s hard to stop.
Lane Splitters is a universal app, and it’s only a buck. So even if it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, it’s probably worth picking up the next time you’re feeling the need for speed.