Developer: Roofdog Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.3
Device Reviewed On: iPad

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime: Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Endless runner games are a dime a dozen these days. They are great for casual gamers who just want to pass a few quick minutes. Extreme Road Trip 2 is one of the latest endless runners to hit the scene and is the sequel to the first Extreme Road Trip. This second edition packs in some new features, new cars and more free gameplay.

Road trips can sometimes take unforeseen turns. Like getting the gas pedal stuck and driving out of control through the desert. This scenario seems frightening but Extreme Road Trip 2 turns it into an adventure. Like all endless runner games, the object is to keep going as long as possible. Players take the wheel of the speeding car and use on-screen tilt controls on either side of the screen to tilt the car forwards and backwards. The territory is a bumpy one and there are mounds that will boost the car high into the air. While in the air, the car can do flips when either the left or right button is held down. Points are awarded as more distance is traveled and extra points are awarded for any flips done during the ride. The reckless journey comes to end when players crash or run out of gas. There are gas cans strewn about to refuel so players will need to strategically control the car to be able to gather up as many cans as possible to keep the car moving.

One major difference between Extreme Road Trip 2 and its predecessor is the presence of missions. Three are listed at one time and once one is completed, another comes in to take its place. I like this format of having a few missions to complete at a time because it gives a sense of progress instead of just playing to achieve a better distance score. I also like that the game gives players the chance to get new cars and upgrades by collecting coins during each round. The original game only unlocks new cars via in-app purchases.

The developers have done a good job at keeping this game free yet worthwhile at the same time. Those familiar with the original Extreme Road Trip will find a few welcome differences that definitely make this sequel worth the download. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a new endless runner to kill some time.

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