Riptide-GP 2.

The sequel to one of the best racing games for Android is even better than the original

Chances are you've played Riptide GP on your Android. If you haven't, you've surely heard others rave about it (it's a staff favorite around here) and should have probably checked it out before now. C'est la vie. The good news is that the sequel is out, and it keeps everything great from the original and adds multiplayer and game options that make it my new favorite.

Vector Unit has outdone themselves. The same great watercraft action you loved in Riptide GP is there, along with multiplayer, Google+ login and cloud sync, and customization options for your vehicles like we see in other high-end racing games. You earn credits by competing in races, and use those credits to buy performance improvements for your existing ride or save them up to buy an all new, and hopefully better one from the store. Of course there is an in-app purchase mechanism, but by no means is it necessary to buy credits -- winning them is far too fun. 

The multiplayer and social aspect is also great. Race against up to three of your friends in real-time through Google+, and if you have more than one Android the cloud sync keeps track of your progress flawlessly. My wife and I have been thoroughly enjoying Riptide GP 2 and the multiplayer fun, and I'm pretty sure you will, too. 

Riptide GP 2 will play well on any high-end Android device, but playing on a Tegra-powered system really shines. I've tested the build Vector Unit sent on the HTC One, HTC One X (international Tegra 3 model), the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7, and the Galaxy S4 and it runs without a hitch. We've also got those NVIDIA Shield review units here, and trust me when I say that Riptide GP 2 is the first game you'll want to buy if you have ordered a Shield. It is that much fun.

Riptide GP 2 is available for $2.99 at Google Play. Grab it from the link above, and hit the break for a video and a bunch of screen shots.

Cloud features -- progress saved across devices, multi-player matching, achievements.