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.


Reader comments

Riptide GP 2 makes a splash in Google Play


Besides multiplayer and cloud stuff, is there else new or different? Or just the same game with new tracks

It definitely is not the same with just a few changes. On top of new features, this game is written on a completely different engine from the previous one.

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Those are some gorgeous screenshots! I would love to see side-by-side screenshot comparisons between a Galaxy S4 and a Tegra device. Is the graphical difference THAT big?

Why do some games, like riptide 1, tell me the game feature like cloud saving and leader boards at the top of the store page, but others like this one do not have that section? You are saying that it does cloud saves, so why does it not say as much? It makes it hard for me to pick games with that google feature in them when there is no consistency.

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Yeah, that makes sense. It just seems like the services stamp should automatically be applied if google detects the cloud stuff in the app. It does not seem like it should be left up to the dev, for this reason.

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Riptide GP 2 is definitely a nice update from the first one. For those who haven't gotten it yet, and are wondering if they should buy the new one, here are some of the major new features in version 2.

1. Better graphics.
2. Better physics
3. You can customize your jetski all the way down to even its color
4. A much more challenging gameplay experience. For example, it is not as easy to win levels anymore
5. Awesome music (its even better than the music in Riptide GP 1
6. Multiplayer (Yay!)
7. A whole lot more maps.

I did find a few things that are not as nice as Riptide 1. For example, the game takes a lot longer to start up and to load levels; however, this is understandable on my device, since it is not a very good device for gaming.

I would highly encourage those who own Riptide 1, or even those who are new to Riptide, to definitely check out Riptide 2.

Can my children multiplay (play against each other) if they do not have a Google+ account? If Google+ is required, this effectively blocks children from using this feature when using their own device (using my phone/tablet is not an option).

Am I to assume you are using a pirated copy? If so then that's pathetic. Pay for the game! No one would work for nothing yet people expect developers to do so?

IAP may be part of the game but totally unnecessary. Currently playing ultimate cup with a maxed hammerhead and not spent anything other than the purchase price. Excellent upgrade. Playing on an Asus Fonepad with 1.2 processor. A couple of situations cause slowdowns but very playable. Will agree that the lesser spec devices are slow to load . my one x with the teg quad core loads and plays very quick but prefer the larger screen of my fonepad

Nicely made and fun game, though I have to yet try multiplayer. I am pleased that it runs well not only on faster devices like my Nexus 7), but it also runs good on cheaper devices like Huawei Ascend Y300. While its not looking as great, but its still good and its fluent and with cloud saves its easy to switch between devices. Nice optimization devs!