Top Gear: Stunt School HD Review
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Top Gear: Stunt School HD Review

Our Review by Jennifer Allen on December 7th, 2011
Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FUN GEAR
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Not the prettiest of racing games but a fun way of completing some ridiculous stunts.

Developer: BBC Worldwide
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.3
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

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Overall Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Much like the TV show it's based on, Top Gear: Stunt School HD is a little rough and ready. It's quite reminiscient of games such as Trials 2 HD with its physics based car challenges but there's also a hint of normality with being able to upgrade cars. Even if those cars do happen to be standard templates of regular cars with names like 'mini car' or 'Sport-coupe'.

Mostly though, Top Gear: Stunt School HD simply captures the spirit of the TV show providing a plethora of ridiculous challenges such as driving a car towards a dartboard to score points. In all, there are 60 challenges ranging from driving carefully around a minefield style area with explosives strapped to the car to smashing up caravans. Just the kind of silly fun that people have come to expect from the TV show.

The physics engine behind such spectacles is pretty effective with two control methods available to enforce it. Accelerometer controls start out quite slow and in need of some exaggerated movements, fortunately there's an option for making it more sensitive. Touch based controls work well but I found myself preferring the more tactile experience of the accelerometer despite my initial apprehension. Graphics within Top Gear: Stunt School HD are nothing to be impressed by but they're functional and do the job just fine.

Besides the many challenges, there's a mode that enables players to compete against the Stig with their vehicle. Customization options are also available with the option to add silly extras such as jet engines or huge monster truck tires.

For the most part though, the fun comes from the challenges so it's good to see that they're excellent fun. In-app purchases are available to further extend the amount of challenges but it's not really needed as for $0.99, there's plenty of fun to be had. Just make sure to bump up the accelerometer sensitivity.

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