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If you're not familiar with Vector Unit, you should be - they're responsible for such Android racing hits as Riptide GP and Shine Runner. Their latest title, Beach Buggy Blitz, has the player racing through a pristine tropical wonderland. You'll see white beaches, verdant forests and adorable local wildlife, all of which will be crushed under the tires of your 4-wheel-drive PETA-punisher of choice. Like Shine Runner, there are no opponents - just get the best time. Powerups augment multiple vehicles and racers for a surprisingly complete experience. Those of you who aren't fans of touchscreen controls will be glad to know that Beach Buggy Blitz supports tilt controls and external gamepads.

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For the moment, the game is exclusive to Nvidia Tegra-powered devices. (Nexus 7 owners, rest easy - the developers explicitly give a shout out to Google's favorite tablet in the app description.) Those with Tegra 3 tablets and smartphones should be able to make the most of the graphics and physics, but older Nvidia-powered devices are also showing as compatible. It's limited to single-player mode, but you can shares high scores online. The game is free with in-app purchases (sigh), and should be updated for a wider variety of Android devices in the near future.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Just upped 3 gameplay videos if you want to check out what the game looks like.

  • GraveUypo

    wow looks pretty good. damn tegra.

    wait. i can install it on my GS3 i9300. wth?

    • aatifsumar

      Chainfire bro. Install that and play any Tegra HD game.

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        I feel like such a chainfire noob.... Do you need the Pro/paid version to d/l tegra apps from the Play store?

        • GraveUypo

          don't bother, doesn't work even with chainfire (and i have the paid version)