Jet Car Stunts 2 review: Tons of new content, but harder than it looks

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The Good Jet Car Stunts 2 expands on the original stunt racing game with new tracks, cars, and game modes that are both fun and addictive.

The Bad The game is almost too challenging, and will frustrate all but the most serious gamers.

The Bottom Line Jet Car Stunts 2 improves on almost every aspect of the original game, and the free-to-play pricing model is just about as good as it gets, but download only if you're up for a serious challenge.


8.2 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 8
  • Interface 8
  • Performance 9

Jet Car Stunts 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the physics-based racing and stunt car game that was a hit way back in 2009 in the App Store. But with this installment, the game has several new cars (each with different handling), different race types, and tons of high-flying action.

The control system is mostly the same as the original game, with tilt controls to steer and onscreen gas and brake buttons. But even with its pitch-perfect controls, Jet Car Stunts 2 is extremely challenging, and is probably not a good fit for casual racing game fans.

It's also important to note that this is a free-to-play game with in-app purchases (a pricing model I wrote a piece about here). But while you can buy things like more tracks and the track editor, there's also a way to buy all the content for $4.99. With this pricing model, it's the best of all worlds, giving you the option to buy only what you want or all the content at once.

Crisp 3D graphics
You're not going to get complex textures or the amazing lighting effects you'll find in other top games. Instead of raw realism like you might find in an FPS game, you get a clean 3D style for track surfaces set high above earth's surface with strange geometric shapes that float in the air around the sides of the track. In other words there's a very simple yet futuristic feel to the game that's part of what made the original so great -- even on earlier generation iOS hardware.

Game types
The tracks you'll encounter are split up among four different game modes: race, time trial, platform, and freestyle. In a race, you'll compete against other cars for a number of laps to see who wins. In time trial, you'll need to race against the clock to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals. Platform doesn't have time limits or other competitors, challenging you to simply get to the end of a more complex track layout. In freestyle, you simply try to pull off stunts over jumps and other obstacles, using the tilt controls to perform flips and slides to get the most points.

The original game only had time trial and platform game modes, so there is more to do here and more replay value in the sequel.

New car styles
To add even more variation, there are now six different car types, each with their own perks and limitations. You still get the original car from the first game, but now it's faster and perfect for precision speed runs, while hard to control when you're in the air. The jet car gives you a lot more mobility in the air, letting you perform turns and even barrel rolls as you pass through checkpoints.

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