Wheelz (Free Edition) – Is it Wheely Good?

Wheelz – Free Edition

Aaaargh! Bastard! No, you F@#£ing AAAARGH! That’s what the less hardened gamer may be saying when they get stuck into the harder levels of Wheelz – Free Edition. Not me though, I’m blimmin’ ace at games me.

Truth be told, the main menu is a bit garish.

Wheelz isn’t a million miles away from the popular ‘Trials’ games on the PC and Xbox 360. You control a Monster Truck across all kinds of insane 2d terrain in the hope that the physics engine won’t get the better of you and make you crash.
Games of this ilk either live or die by their physics engines, a recent case being the reported iffy physics in the Android ‘Cut The Rope’ rip-off which has since vanished from the Marketplace. Thankfully the physics in Wheelz seem solid enough to ensure a consistent gaming experience. In a genius move you can also adjust the wheels and suspension on your vehicle to change how the game feels should you get bored and fancy a new challenge.
No matter how easy you find the game you’ll make the odd mistake and that’s when you’ll come across the unforgiving spawn system in Wheelz. It doesn’t matter where you are in a level, crashing your Truck sends you all the way back to the start, not ideal when it comes to the lengthier levels.

Harsh, tricky, unforgiving, frustrating. Yet I keep going back for more.

The free version of Wheelz ships with 24 number of levels with the creator promising to add more in the coming weeks. If you’re feeling brave you can even edit your own levels with the tools on the creator’s blog.
The game flows smoothly enough on powered phones with some nice touches of dirt being churned up whilst wheel spinning. For those sporting less powerful Android phones there are also options to tone things down a touch to help with smooth running.
Wheelz is another Android game to add to the ever growing list of ‘worthwhile timewasters’.

Links : Android Marketplace, AppBrain

Bottom Line : Possibly slightly rough around the edges but Wheelz is still a nicely produced game with an enjoyable amount of content to get through. Good stuff.

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