On the lookout for the next top iOS racer? We may have found just the game you're looking for - and there isn't a squealing tire in sight.
Riptide GP Renegade is the third entry in the popular Riptide series. Vector Unit has built a reputation for creating graphically impressive, console-standard aquatic racers that are often used to show off fresh mobile hardware.
Yes, we said aquatic. By taking the action off the road and onto the waves, it gives the developer a chance to show off some impressive water effects, with each 'track' reacting realistically and changing on the fly according to the actions of your fellow racers and other environmental incidents (a rocket ship taking off at trackside, for example).
Riptide GP Renegade cuts lose a little from the somewhat clinical world of its predecessors, with a campaign mode that tells a tale of a banned jetski racer returning to the water to (re)make his or her name in flooded cities and futuristic industrial environments. But the plot itself is pretty inessential.
It's all about those races. This might sound obvious, but using your iOS device's accelerometer to steer your craft feels different to equivalent systems in car-based games. It feels more like you're physically leaning into the turn than casually rotating a wheel.
The convincingly wallowy physics of your jetski contribute to that sensation, requiring you to take those turns a little earlier than you might normally - especially as a stray wave can easily nudge you into the air at an inopportune moment.
Each course requires the utmost concentration - particularly as you also have to contend with Riptide GP Renegade's trick system. Through various swipes on either side of the screen, you can initiate flips and spins whilst airborne - which you will be surprisingly often - initiating a small boost upon landing.
When we say that Riptide GP Renegade is console-standard, we mean it. Beyond its opulent visuals and chunky career mode, the game features a full online multiplayer mode where up to eight real players can compete in real time.
We've just started exploring Riptide GP Renegade's depths, but we're confident enough to say that those looking for high class arcade racing kicks on their iPhone or iPad should give it serious consideration.
Riptide GP Renegade is available to buy on the App Store now for £2.29.