Raging Thunder 2 review
We review Raging Thunder 2, a fast-paced racing game
Polarbit’s Raging Thunder was a thoroughly enjoyable arcade racing romp which illustrated just how good a mobile phone 3D title could be when it was released some time ago.
However, there were definitely areas which needed improvement and the company has done much to address these issues in this inevitable sequel.
The circuits are packed with detail, the cars boast cool reflective paintwork and certain effects – such as the flames which erupt around your vehicle during particularly intense moments – are a sight to behold.
Alas, such visual excess comes with a hefty price tag. Raging Thunder 2 is only really playable on high-end Android devices like the HTC Desire and Nexus One, and even on these powerful handsets there are moments when the on-screen action gets a little too hectic and slowdown regretfully occurs.
Steering is controlled using your phone’s accelerometer and for the most part this works well.
The default sensitivity isn’t quite right in our opinion so it’s recommended that you tinker with it in the game’s options menu.
We found that increasing it ever so slightly makes Raging Thunder 2 far easier to control and more enjoyable as a result.
As you might imagine the aim of the game is to finish first in a series of races. Along the way you’ll gain access to speed-boosts, increased grip power-ups and even shields which protect your car’s precious paintwork.
Indeed, keeping your metal steed in tip-top condition is a pressing concern; contact with barriers and other cars depletes your energy and once it reaches zero you’re out of the race.
You can also enter a pit lane to claw back some vital health.
Raging Thunder 2 contains some wonderfully varied level designs and several different cars to unlock, so you can expect the single player portion of the game to hold your attention for a prolonged period.
Even when Raging Thunder 2 has surrendered all of its secrets it’s still worth keeping on your phone if only to dazzle your friends with the eye-searing graphics.
To add a little more longevity there’s also a multiplayer mode which allows you to race against friends or go online in order to find the perfect opponent.
As with all online modes it’s highly recommended that you play using a Wi-Fi connection as this gives the smoothest possible performance.
It’s rare that Android owners get to brag about the visual prowess of their games but Raging Thunder 2 is painfully attractive and easily equals most iPhone racers.
Thankfully it’s also supported by some enjoyable gameplay and decent multiplayer mode.
Petrol-heads should download it without hesitation, but make sure your phone is up to the task beforehand.
Raging Thunder 2 info
Website/Demo: Raging Thunder 2 website