Polarbit’s Raging Thunder 2 is a delightful sequel to one of the first good racing games on the iPhone. From the immersive racing graphics to the outstanding online multiplayer it’s obvious that Polarbit tried to recapture the heart of iPhone racers. Now if only it was a little easier.
Raging Thunder 2 Pros:
- Wonderful online multiplayer
- Great visuals
- Loads quickly
Raging Thunder 2 Cons:
- Car is a little difficult to control
- Built in opponents are way too hard
When you launch the app a quick loading screen pops up and the you’re off into the menu. From here you can change settings, start a single or multiplayer game (more on that later), or edit your online profile. One feature that we enjoyed was that right after tapping on “Single Player” you can hop into a instant game and play right away instead of setting up your career. Another great feature throughout Raging Thunder 2 was the detailed graphics which really provide a more engaging experience.
Racing isn’t quite the experience we had hoped for, unfortunately. While the graphics are stellar as previously mentioned the car handling is a little jerky even when the accelerometer input is set to low in the settings. Another problem with the racing is the extreme difficulty of the opponents. During our review, we rarely placed second or first, and if we did place well in one race it would be trashed by the placing in the next race. There are still fun aspects to Raging Thunder 2 such as the numerous power up spread throughout the game, and the shortcuts which really help save time.
There is even more fun in the wonderful online multiplayer! There are two types of multiplayer in Raging Thunder 2. The first is on your network and the second is worldwide through Polarbit’s network. Throughout our multiple sessions with the game, the local network races went smoothly and there were no pauses or connection interruptions while racing a friend. This carried over when taking on the world through Polarbit’s online “Lounge” as there were no stall or holdups at all during our reviewing.
Overall, Polarbit really upped the ante from the original Raging Thunder and created a fun, good looking racer. While it’s not exactly cheap at 4.99, Raging Thunder 2 a must-have for the hardcore racing fan.
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