Racing games are often thought to be simple and not too complicated. After all, you just pick a vehicle and drive as fast as you can while avoiding obstacles at the same time. However, there’s more to it than just driving which Hovercraft: Battle Arena proves from the start (pun intended).
Downloadable from iOS/Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore, Hovercraft: Battle Arena by High Score Hero studio is a combat racing game perfect for anyone who likes a challenge. Although the game is free-to-play, expect ads and in-game purchases but it’s nothing that will impair your experience.
Hovercraft: Battle Arena is straightforward but will require some effort to progress in the game. This is a PvP combat game and as such you will need to choose or build your hovercraft to be the best possible so you can get rid of the competition. One of the greatest aspects of the game is that you can be a part of the three-hovercraft team and fight other players from all over the world. This 3v3 combat is exciting, but also requires a good communication between you and your teammates.
When you build your hovercraft, you will be able to choose the weapons and customize them to fit your needs. Triple rocket swarms, sniper and good old machine guns are available, as well as thousands of combinations thereof. Another interesting feature is battle arenas which vary in design and layout considerably. But I have to admit, some didn’t sit well with me and my eyes got tired really fast, like Neon Grid for example.
This game is far from perfect, though. The hovercraft appears like some sort of old-fashioned 3D you need those cardboard blue-red glasses for. It’s really unnerving after a while and I honestly don’t see the point in that. I liked that the hovercrafts start falling apart brick by brick when hit by another vehicle or object on their way, but that is not enough to compensate for the blurriness.
When it comes to mobile devices, this is a pretty solid title, but PC or Apple TV versions don’t fare that well. Racing games are always better on the big screens, but Hovercraft: Battle Arena is not one of them. But that doesn’t mean it’s not playable if you can overlook the flaws. It all depends on how high are your standards for racing games. Mine tend to be pretty high.