29/12/2020

๐ŸŽ️๐Ÿ’จ Britts Brief Bulletin | Nintendo Switch | Review | Ramp Car Jumping | 6/10 | "Does what it says on the tin" ๐ŸŽ️๐Ÿ’จ @BoomBitGames #GameDev #IndieGames

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I must admit that the title alone of this one gave me doubts about its level of quality. It sounds like how a caveman would describe a game at its most fundamental level. 

A mobile port (which supports touch-screen controls); I must admit that I actually enjoyed the game far more than I thought I would… up to a point.

A smooth and colourful Nintendo Switch title, Ramp Car Jumping very much does what it says on the tin (a ‘Ronseal’ game, to quote my colleague, Pixel Hunted) you choose a car and, using basic controls – the A button accelerates and then boosts when airborne whilst tilting the left analogue stick forwards / backwards rotates your car for extra stunt cash – having to propel your vehicle off a ramp and across enormous landscapes to land in a tiny basket. 
It’s an extremely basic concept but it did keep me entertained for 2-3 hours as unlocking the cars and raising the quality of your engine, boost and bonus cash after each jump is more addictive than Maker’s Mark.

Aside from the single-player mode, there’s also a two-player split-screen available and a sort of ‘target mode’ where you draw ramps to make your cars hit targets. There’s also a truck mode which acts very much the same as the standard car mode, just a different type of vehicle.
As much as I enjoyed the couple of hours I spent mindlessly launching cars into the open air, there are some pretty big caveats here:

  • The menus feel quite lazy in that you have to go back to the title screen every time you want to try a challenge with a different vehicle – they each have a different speed and weight – which slows things down and feels oddly cumbersome in such a basic game. 
  • The removed paywall from its mobile roots also means that the game gets unbalanced very quickly. By the time I was nearing the end of the initial set of tracks, I had a preposterous amount of money in the bank which meant that I could pretty much instantly unlock all of the trucks in the second game mode, which almost felt like I was cheating. 
  • Also, the current price seems a touch high for what you get, I assumed that this game would be around a fiver but currently stands at £13.49 in the UK store and that sits a bit uncomfortably outside of what I would personally pay for a game that wears out its welcome after a couple of hours. 
That said, I have a friend whose kids are really having fun with it.

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