was a firm favourite here at Life of Android towers, so it didn't take much convincing for us to go clambering back atop our jet ski for the sequel. But does it make the same splash as the original?
Breathe a sigh of relief, because Riptide GP2 is just as loveable as its predecessor – if not more so. As somebody who's never expressed any interest in jet skis or water sports in general, you can believe when we say that this game's developers have hit upon a formula for arcade fun. Simplicity is its secret, making use of only a core set of racing controls with nothing extraneous or over-complicated. Use your speed boosts at the optimum moment and just tilt the device to steer your jet ski, it's never any more complicated than that – even acceleration is taken out of your hands.
And yet despite its pick-up-and-play ease, Riptide GP2 is far from a walkover. The career mode features 32 levels of progressively challenging tasks, from straight-forward races to time trials and elimination rounds. You'll need to get on the podium to advance in the game, but you may find yourself repeating levels again and again so you can earn enough cash to upgrade your jet ski.
Then there are the graphics – already a high point of the first game, they look even sharper this time around. The gorgeous water effects and beautifully rendered scenery whoosh past at speed, and you'll do well not to get caught out admiring a nearby fountain and crash head-first into a corner. Believe us, we're speaking from experience.
On top of the career mode their is an online game where you can play against friends or test your skills against an unknown via Google Games. This is where the game really improves on the original, with its multiplayer option continuing the fun long after you've finished with career mode.
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THE BOTTOM LINE
Quite simply one of the best racing games on Android. Don't be put off by the £1.99 price tag – this is a console-quality gaming experience that fits in your pocket.
Current version: 1.0
Requires Android: 2.3 and up