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The old F-Zero and Wipeout series were some of the fastest, prettiest games of their respective times, so it's no surprise that the niche of "hovercraft racer" has made such a disproportionate impact on the racing genre. PixelBite is no stranger to racing themselves, having developed the Reckless series for Android and iOS. Their latest and most ambitious game is Repulze, a hovercraft racer that pushes the boundaries of both speed and graphics on Android.

The on-track weapons, speed boosts, and other power-ups give the game a feel that's closer to kart racers than a pure sim, but the breakneck speed and hairpin turns should keep fans of similar games happy. A variety of tracks, from Tron-inspired postmodern to desert canyon to the inside of a volcano (because why not) should will make sure that players don't get bored of the scenery, even when it's whipping by in a blur. Controls come in both touchscreen and tilt flavors, and Xperia Play owners (if there are any left) can use their control buttons.

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There's at least one glaring omission from Repulze: a multiplayer mode. While you can compare your times with the rest of the world via the Fuse leaderboards and beat your personal best in ghost mode, you won't be racing against any human opponents any time soon. At least there are no in-app purchases. Repulze is a $2.99 download for Android 2.2 and up.

Update: One commenter is reporting in-app purchases. Boo, hiss.

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.
  • tomcat84

    Is it better than Flashout 3D? Is it better than Flashout 3D? Is it better than Flashout 3D?

    I hope so very much, downloading now ;)

    • Alex

      Would like to know that to. Maybe some one could make some comparison.

      • tomcat84

        First impression: Its a lot better!
        It less hectic and much more controllable than Flashout. Well, gotta go for some more tracks now ;)

        (Played on Nexus 7)

        • Khastro

          Did you sideloaded the apk to your N7?

          • tomcat84

            No I just installed it through the store.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrik-Carlsson/1181990918 Patrik Carlsson

    Instabuy! All cool futuristic racers nowadays are reeking with iaps like humanity does with herpes... soon there'll be no one uninfected. Until then.... I drop my dime everytime I see something with quality without infection. I feel like a gamer staring into the eyes of the inevitable apocalypse here... metaforically speaking (writing).

  • Khastro

    Damn! I've been looking for a game like this for awhile and I went to the play store ready to hand them money only to find is not compatible with the N7

    • PB_fredrik

      We think we know why the N7 is listed as incompatible, and will fix it by next week. So keep your money ready! :)

      • Khastro

        Awesome news! Will do!

        • Khastro

          It now shows as compatible with the Nexus 7. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrik-Carlsson/1181990918 Patrik Carlsson

    There were in apps. Instand refund.

    • fixxmyhead

      so, were they forcing u to buy? can u accomplish the game without them? i really dont care if it has IAPs as long as the game can be finished without them

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrik-Carlsson/1181990918 Patrik Carlsson

        I am idealistic when it comes to games. Would rather pay more for a full game. Leaderboards and iaps don't rhyme either way.

      • PB_fredrik

        We are not forcing you to buy, as you get access to everything by simply playing and ranking up. You can't get better times or anything by paying, the IAP simply allows for a quicker way to unlock things.

    • PB_fredrik

      The IAP is absolutely not needed, as you can unlock everything by regular play. We would never add any "evil" IAP to any of our games. Check the Rank Rewards under Profile for a list of how and when stuff unlocks. We added IAP as an option for those who wants access to everything in the game, without actually having to play the game. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/Mii123me Alex James Simon

        When will the game work with the Nexus 7?

        • PB_fredrik

          Strange that it doesn't. We'll investigate the matter ASAP.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Mii123me Alex James Simon

            Ok cool, I'll be sure to get it when it shows up as compatible with my Nexus 7, looks like a cool game

          • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

            How about releasing a free trial version? I think it'll help those of us who wanna make sure the game plays well on our devices.

          • primalxconvoy

            This should be standard practice for ALL games.

  • asdsd

    are you sure they made reckless racing? the makers of rr is polarbit, and this one is pixelbite

    • PB_fredrik

      I'm sure we made Reckless Racing. :) Pixelbite developed both Reckless Racing and Reckless Getaway, and then we let Polarbit handle porting it to Android. So the game, concept and IP belongs to Pixelbite.

      • asdsd

        ah thanks for clearing confusion, sorry for that . Great game, loved reckless racing 2 :p

      • Khastro

        That's good to know, repulze's page was suspiciously deserted. Reckless Racing and Reckless Getaway were some of the first games I bought on android, good times. I think I'm gonna go back and play them while the N7 incompatibility is worked out.

  • 4evered

    it remains me Wipeout a classic game on PC

    • http://twitter.com/MisterBroke Rahul™

      No shit sherlock

  • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

    Everyone dismissing this as "Ho noes, it's got in-app purchases" should be ashamed of themselves. This is pretty much the best futuristic racer on smartphones or tablets at the moment - it's not up to the giddy heights of Wipeout HD/Fury (one of the best games ever made, IMO) but it's damn close. Utterly demolishes pretenders like Flashout 3D and Protoxide, to say nothing of all the cheapie kart racers and whatnot cluttering up Google Play. Fast, slick, beautifully designed, gorgeous production values, challenging, addictive. You do not, I repeat, DO NOT need the IAPs. They are for lazy or impatient players ONLY.

    I just played it for... must be an hour, almost two hours straight? and my only nitpicks so far would be: the controls are still a touch jerky, but I think that might just be the limitations of a touchscreen, and I'm not keen on the ramming challenges on Phase 2 - they end up as effectively "Hit one car per lap", it's quite tricky to line up with the drone cars and not overshoot, and if you miss one you've effectively failed that challenge. Other than that, loving it. It's no Zen Mode, but for a mobile game it's still got an awful lot of that same white-knuckle tension. Brilliant stuff from one of the best developers working in mobile today, end of story. Buy it. I'd have paid twice the price, easy. More, even.

    • Vít Novotný

      Let me decide if I find the presence of in-app purchases a deal-breaker or not, thank you. Claiming that they are for lazy players and for lazy players only is short-sighted. They may be at the moment, sure, but they are bound to gradually become mandatory if the free-to-play model takes deeper roots.

  • GraveUypo

    how big is it? storage is a luxury i can't spare anymore.

  • Steez

    No Nexus 7 :(. Boo

  • primalxconvoy

    Please bring this out for ouya.

  • Mauro Julián Fernández

    I looked at the 3rd screenshot and thought it was Star Wars Racer :|