X Games SnoCross [rating: 5/5]
If you’ve grown up in part of the world where snow is some kind of nebulous and foreign concept, the idea of a snowmobile racing game may seem a bit far-fetched. Snowmobile? What’s a snowmobile? Having grown up in Canada though, the concept behind X Game SnoCross by 2XL Games is interesting and engaging. Even if you haven’t touched snow at all in your life, I’m confident you’ll feel the same way.
X Games SnoCross is based on the popular Winter X Games franchise televised and owned by ESPN. The game offers a rich, immersive environment. The 3D graphics are true and lifelike. You’ll really believe you’re out there on the course, cutting through the snow on your machine at full tilt. The soundtrack and in-game sound effects will take you there as well. The immersion is complete in this game and you’ll appreciate how it enhances the game. It is similar in many game elements to other iPhone off road and racing games so even if you haven’t seen a snowmobile in your life you can just think of it as a racing game on a unique racing platform. Indeed, you shouldn’t exclude yourself X Games SnoCross just because you aren’t familiar with winter sports.
Game controls are a nice combination of tilt control and virtual buttons. I’ve mentioned in previous reviews that I haven’t been a big fan tilt control games in the past. I’ve increasingly found myself won over by tilt control games though. In X Games SnoCross your snowmobile steering is controlled by the tilting action. I think the refinement in this game that made the steering action tolerable was the ability to adjust the sensitivity. I know this seems like a small thing but a lot games make you conform to their control scheme instead of letting you adjust it. I like to customize my controls so I appreciate little extras like that. Rounding out the controls is a virtual acceleration button on the lower left hand corner of the screen and three trick buttons on either side of screen. This is the X Games so tricks are a must. Use trick buttons by themselves or in combination while airborne to pull off some nice maneuvers.
X Games SnoCross offers a great selection of game play options. For the solo rider, there are Arcade and Career modes. As the name suggests, Arcade mode is for a standalone, single game. Each game played in Arcade mode is further subdivided into a Time Trial, Practice, or Race and at either an Amateur, Semi Pro, or Pro difficulty setting. Career mode is also rather self-explanatory. You start at the first race as a rookie and work your way through the ranks, unlocking races along the way. Go for glory and ultimate victory as you seek to become the next SnoCross champion! In addition to these great single play modes, SnoCross also offers either WiFi or Bluetooth multiplayer. When you find the CPU getting predictable and beatable, invite your friends along for the ride.
X Games SnoCross is a solid game. It even offers a local achievement system in addition to access to the 2XL Live global high score and achievement system. Test your high scores and achievements against other players for another avenue of competition.
If you like racing games then X Games SnoCross should definitely be in your repertoire. Its fast, edge of your seat fun that will keep you coming back for more.
- Rich, immersive environment
- Easy and customizable control scheme
- Local and global achievements
The Not So Good:
- I’ll get back to you on that, I’m still looking
Reviewed by: Erin Peterson
XGames SnoCross iPhone Game Trailer