Available On: Android, iOS
Price: Free, In-Game Store
I wasn’t entirely sure if I was going to like this game. A lot of racing games I’ve played have managed to just bore me. Hill Climb Racing was different though. It was challenging while still offering a decent visual experience despite it’s low graphical quality. In Hill Climb Racing you race against yourself trying to beat how far you made it without flipping your car and killing yourself. Like a lot of games, you use on-screen controls to control your vehicle. Thankfully, there are only two buttons that you have to keep an eye on at all times. These buttons are the break button and the gas button. You need to always be watching these, otherwise you might find yourself starting the race all over (I can guarantee that you will be doing that at least 10 times).
What’s challenging about this game is you are — most of the time — going uphill. That said, you’ll have your finger holding down the gas pedal a lot. If you hold it down entirely too much though, you’ll find yourself flipped over with a broken neck. At that point you will have to start the race over. That’s where the break pedal comes in though (arguably you could see it as a reverse pedal, because oddly enough, it reverses your car. It does not bring it to a full stop). Balancing the break and gas pedals are extremely difficult and challenging. I think this is what makes the game so extremely fun.
Now, there’s an even trickier part to this. If you can manage to do full flips and land back on your wheels without killing your character, you’ll be given extra points. Take note that this is almost impossible to do and the chances of you executing the move right every time is very slim. Still, it brings in a lot of extra points.
You earn coins throughout the game and with these coins you can purchase upgrades. I often invest my upgrades into better tires so I flip over less and have more of a chance of breaking in time before I have to start the race over again. There are a numerous amount of things you can upgrade to give you a better chance of hitting the finish line. There are also numerous amounts of maps that you can buy (with in-game money) to give you more unique environments to race in (and more challenges to overcome).
While Hill Climb Racing does not have the best graphics (they really aren’t that bad either), the extremely fun and addicting gameplay makes up for it. This is a free game for iOS and Android, so you will see ads, but they aren’t that intrusive. Although, you can spend real money to get rid of the ads. It’ll cost you $1.99, but it is worth it because they also throw in an extra 150,000 coins for you to spend. Definitely a bit more generous than other developers out there!
I really recommend grabbing this game, you won’t regret it!