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Apr
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Say, do you like racing? Do you like spaceships? Do you like... dubstep? Then how about a game where spaceships race with a dubstep soundtrack, and also shoot at each other? If that sounds good, Flashout 2 is waiting for your money.

Flashout 2 is a racing game with a little something extra – in this case massive firepower. Not only can you go faster than your opponents to win, you can shoot them to win. There are a few dozen races, plus an online multiplayer mode. If accelerometer control isn't your thing, Flashout 2 also has controller support.

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The game promises console-quality graphics, but you can be the judge of that. The elecronic music soundtrack actually figures into the flashing lights in the game, like a giant glowing equalizer. It's $1.99 to start, then you can buy additional currency in the game, if you want. Whether or not that's a good idea will depend on how things are balanced.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Hmm, Mario Kart meets F-Zero?

    • Francois Roy

      Mario Kart where even the green shells are IAP.. =(

  • Golh

    Woow, Wipeout on android ! ah no, flashout...

    • DKT70

      All the wipeout games run well in the psx emulator epsxe, provided you have a decent-specced phone or tablet.

  • tekfr33kn

    Actually, it looks like the graphics have dropped down from the first one and the colors a more muted. It's still the best Wipeout clone on Android. So, I'll probably get it.

    • Matthias

      Have you tried Repulze? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pixelbite.Repulze

      I haven't tried Flashout 2, but Repulze is wayyy better than Flashout 1 imho. The physics are just so much better, it just "feels" right.

      • primalxconvoy

        Repulze looks great, but the controls are digital, making precise control all but impossible. The devs must have gone bankrupt because they've never replied to me not others. You also need to pay for IAP's to show your craft to carry more toolkits in order to progress and upgrade.

        This new game like to also include a price plus iap's, so I suspect it will be sideloaded quite a bit.

      • sean

        The polarity gate thing is too distracting for the racing itself in my opinion. The IAP is annoying. Some iap I can understand. if the total IAP in which I do not have to purchase anymore I can sometimes get behind. $1 per nitro boost especially in multi player is annoying and a no-no.

        • Matthias

          I have played through the whole game without a single IAP. Great fun :)

          But I can understand why you might not like that whole polarity gate concept.

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    1.99 with IAP? Errr no.

    • RyanWhitwam

      Well, so is Riptide GP2, and it's very fair and well-balanced.

      • Himmat Singh

        They are different IAP systems mate. Riptide GP2 has the exact same economy on the Steam version as well, minus the IAP. It is a perfectly balanced game with IAPs added after the fact. Flashout 2 meanwhile is based quite badly around the paymium mechanism. Did you even play it before making such a comment?

        • And Now I’m Gone

          freemium*

          • Himmat Singh

            No it's paymium. A paid game with a freemium economy.

      • primalxconvoy

        I've never seen iap's in that game. Also, they never put that as a pop-up just prior to a race, either.

    • thermoplastics

      "1.99 with IAP? Errr no."

      Yep, and no demo either. Gotta love having to purchase games blindly just to find out if the game even works well on my devices.

  • Jacek Tur

    Ultra smooth on sgs2 :)

    Nice job jujubee!

  • guest

    If there's "promises console-quality graphics" then they should render their trailer at 1080p. The way it looks now is if they used some bad screen-capture program or just pointed a camera at the screen! Otherwise it looks like a good game, but I'm not going to buy it on a promise.

  • primalxconvoy

    This company is a joke. Their original game wasn't optimised for most phones (even the ouya version was a lazy port) and the email address given at Google Play generates a lazy auto reply telling you to visit their site with your order number (they refuse to deal with people giving advice or asking for help prior to buying their cr@p),

    Definitely one to avoid.

    • justincase666

      You cannot afford a $2 game, what a shame. No way to validate dev's claims? Ever heard of refunds on Android? And "Shamesoft", really? Seems to me you're one frustrated chimp.

      • foseco

        Yeah because the refund option on the Play Store works really well. If you can ask for a refund within the 15min limit, you don't always get it. I've had several games I've paid for and they've not worked and I have not been able to get refunds. It's not the principal of being able to afford a $1.99 game, the principal is that you should be able to play a game first and then choose if you want to buy it or simply delete it. Developers just put consumers backs up by not offering a free version.

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  • smeddy

    The pricing is dead wrong.

  • SkylaC90

    this game is a complete knockoff of Wipeout 2048, Sony or Sony owned Liverpool should sue the hell out of this company

    • A_Noid

      agreed

  • A_Noid

    Clear Wipeout rip off.

  • sean

    I bought it and so far I dont feel a need to buy IAP. I do find myself having to play a cup (sereis of races) more than once in order to get top billing. I prefer the first one because instead of having to hit the icon before going into the super short cut I have to hit the icon dead on which is freaking hard as hell. The "story mode" they were going on about is really just a minute cut scene of a racer saying basically "you can't beat me" in different ways. they said that my galaxy s4 couln't handle the high end graphics so who knows hwo pretty it can get or is it just bad optimization. I dunno. for $2 bucks it isn't a bad choice. I've played plenty worse. I will say that the addition of mines give it a more balanced feeling in combat. Other than that. I'd say a good purchase on sale, an alright purchase regular price if you like the wipe out feeling with a heavier emphasis on combat than racing.