Jet Car Stunts, the latest release from Grip Games, is a gravity-defying stunt racer that takes you skyward to tracks suspended miles high in the air. A racer that leaves you riding on cloud nine? Let’s see.
With the setting of endless blue skies and beautiful fluffy clouds, Jet Car Stunts certainly has chosen an excellent setting indeed. Tracks dangle in midair blazing with every colour under the rainbow, and these bright blocks, loops and ramps give Jet Car Stunts a stunning and unique look. But don’t let these aesthetics fool you; it may look all beautiful and sunny out there but underneath lurks a tricky obstacle racer to master.
The tracks are challenging from the start. Tight bends and twisting tracks are bad enough, but just wait until you start attempting to sail through loops suspended even higher in the sky. To do this your shiny bright formula racing car has a trick up its sleeve. With a press of a button you become Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with a jet rocket. Your racing jet car can now perform rolls and sweet aerial manoeuvres and also pass through loop after loop – in theory. These aerial manoeuvres take a good few tries to master. Not slamming bonnet first into loop nurmeo uno, and your cumbering motor sent falling back down to earth, will test every skill you possess. Then there’s also flying from platform to platform, some with a seemingly mile-wide gap between each ledge, to master. For a beginner, it’s the endless crashing and restarts and that stops any flow to the game. Stick with it, though, and as you get to grips with the handling and tricks that can be performed, slowly Jet Car Stunts does become a fun and rewarding game.
Grabbing a gold place finish is the aim of each track in this ‘off road racer’. New tracks unlock once medals have been earned and the difficulty in turn racks up quickly. Thankfully this trial-and-heaps-of-error racer does have checkpoints. After each checkpoint, ten attempts are given for you to retry. Practice and patience play a huge part of this game.
Jet Car Stunts is pretty unique. There’s nothing on the PSN Store for the Vita offering anything close. This is supersonic racing that fits perfectly on the handheld and is completed with an asynchronous leaderboard which lets you race against the best in the world.
A challenging and fresh new racer that gives the Vita an enjoyable ride with a few bumps along the way. Jet Car Stunts truly has the power to infuriate the lesser mortal.
Lizard rating 7.5/10