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.

Beach Buggy Blitz
Beach Buggy Blitz
Developer: Vector Unit
Price: Free+