Night Ride: Written Android App Review
If fast flying, neon-hued motorcycle riding through a dark, dangerous and ever-changing maze sounds like something you’d be into (and, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t?) you’re in luck. This week I had the pleasure of taking a peak at Night Ride, a free Android app from Black Bunny Studio. This title’s slick, quick, and has plenty of pop. Let’s see how it holds up to a little friendly critique.
In what appears much like a bad trip through Tron Legacy, in Night Ride your job is to guide a phosphorescent motor bike through a maze. Along the way you’ll earn badges, unlock new levels, and face an ever-increasing pace of gameplay that’s bound to challenge gamers of all levels, sooner or later.
One of my main concerns with the Night Ride Android app is the game’s structure. It seems like you would be able to advance levels, and possibly select what level to start the game on. Instead, this game plays out more like an endless runner, where you must start again in easy every time you hit the track.
The slow start aside, I really dig the variety of this endlessly spinning puzzle track as it plays out before your wheels. There are plenty of boosts and even a different bike style you can unlock by liking the app on Facebook. If this game was broken into levels, I’d be more inclined to give it top marks, because it’s really quite fun to play and embraces a unique mix of gaming styles that are sure to please.
Layout & Design:
In case dropping hue terms such as “neon” didn’t tip you off, the Night Ride app is quite specifically stylized. It’s dark, and it glows. Despite the overall night-feel, it’s actually quite easy to see where you’re going and what’s ahead, even when the speed picks up, which is nice.
The UI leaves a bit wanting, in my humble opinion. Accessing Open Feint leader boards or even your achievements functions a bit slowly. In fact, the app itself was a bit buggy to play. Whenever too much started happening on screen, like stacked boosts, the app just couldn’t keep up, creating a jerky gaming experience despite my lickity split processor speed on my Droid Razr.
Needless to say, there are a few bugs left to work out in this app. However, it’s free, folks. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Be prepared to deal with a logically placed banner advertisement while you play, otherwise, this game doesn’t infringe on gamers just because it’s free – always a plus.
I do think Night Ride has potential. A few simple tweaks could vastly improve the game and make it all the more palatable. But, even now, it’s worth a second look. Go get it, speed freaks. You’ll be glad you did.
Android Apps Review Details: Night Ride is FREE. This app requires Android 2.2 and up. You may download Night Ride from Google Play. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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