3433057609_c07b5fd274jpg2XL Games are no strangers to the extreme racing genre. They’ve been at it for over 10 years, starting with the Motocross Madness series on the PC, then graduating to releasing six Xbox racing games based on all kinds of off-road vehicles (and watercraft) as well as BAJA: Edge of Control for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

They’ve taken their decade of experience combined with the track design of Motocross champion Stephane Roncada to create the most graphically impressive racing game we’ve seen yet on the iPhone, 2XL Supercross [App Store].

2XL Supercross starts with three racing tracks unlocked, and an additional nine available that can be opened by winning races. Each of the tracks can be played in thee different modes: Time Trials, Practice, and Racing -- each with three difficulty levels. There are a variety of both tilt and touch control methods for both right and left handed players. I preferred the default tilt controls, but the virtual analog stick available in the touch control methods also performed excellently.

3433057693_253206d251jpgIn addition to customizing controls, the camera can be positioned in four locations, near third person, far third person, and first person both with and without handlebars. (I found the tilt controls combined with the first person handlebars view to be amazingly immersive for an iPhone game.)

While the controls are great and the track design is excellent, both of these things take a back seat when it comes to how remarkable the graphics of this game are. Without exception, 2XL Supercross is the most amazing looking game I’ve seen on my iPhone. The tracks, bikes, and riders are beautifully rendered complete with dynamic lighting and shadows. Screenshots and YouTube videos really don’t do 2XL Supercross justice, and until you’ve got it in the palm of your hands you really just can’t appreciate what 2XL Games has managed to squeeze out of the iPhone.

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Another great part about 2XL Supercross is the ridiculous level of detail in the tracks. Riding your bike over the various jumps and bumps in each of the tracks combined with the sensation of speed from the game’s high frame rate is an amazing experience, and it really makes other racing games look boring in comparison.

And if you’re looking for a really cool racing game to play for a few minutes at a time while you wait somewhere, 2XL Supercross is what you need. But, if you’re looking to sit down and have a Motocross marathon play session, you might find yourself disappointed by the lack of a career mode. While you can unlock additional 9 race tracks, you are still limited to shooting for the best time within individual races. I would have loved to have seen the ability to finish races, earn money, and upgrade your bike through a series of races.

Another potential issue that has come to light on our forums is the game scales differently depending on the device you’re playing on. Second-generation iPod Touch users will play against four AI racers while iPhone users will only race against two. According to the developer, this is to preserve the high frame rates they expect in a fast-paced racing game between the hardware differences of the devices. While I don’t find myself getting that worked up over only racing against two other opponents on my iPhone 3G, I can understand how some people might be upset that they’re getting a different experience from the game.


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All that said, I find it hard to say whether or not I recommend picking up 2XL Supercross.

If you’re a fan of motocross, or racing games in general, you probably own it already (and rightfully so). If you’re looking for something to knock your socks off graphically or to show your iPhone off to other people and you don’t necessarily care about replay value, 2XL Supercross is still the game to get.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a racing game to sit down and really sink your teeth into, you may find yourself a little disappointed by the lack of career mode and you should consider waiting to see what comes with future updates.

Game Details
Name: 2XL Supercross (v1.0) Price: $7.99 [Buy]
Developer: 2XL Games, Inc. Size: 67.2 MB
Device: Tested on iPhone 3G
2XL Supercross is one the most visually impressive 3D racing games available on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The high frame rate, detailed graphics and intricate level design make for an incredibly immersive experience. A lack of any career mode, however, limits a longer term sense of accomplishment and reduces the replay value of the game.

TouchArcade Rating

  • http://Www.iphonedownloadblog.com dannys95

    Could not agree more. Another missing thing is; THERES NO REVERSE!!!
    How could they forget that? Also in an interview they said they would add more tracks for a little amount of money. Which means 3.0 feature. :(

    • NotYou

      Dirt bikes and motorcycles don't have reverse. You would fall over.

      • http://Www.iphonedownloadblog.com dannys95

        In other games it does have reverse. Even in their own console games I believe. The "reverse" if the guy standing up and pulling the bike. Something like that

  • http://Www.iphonedownloadblog.com dannys95

    Could not agree more. Another missing thing is; THERES NO REVERSE!!!
    How could they forget that? Also in an interview they said they would add more tracks for a little amount of money. Which means 3.0 feature. :(

    • NotYou

      Dirt bikes and motorcycles don't have reverse. You would fall over.

      • http://Www.iphonedownloadblog.com dannys95

        In other games it does have reverse. Even in their own console games I believe. The "reverse" if the guy standing up and pulling the bike. Something like that

  • NotYou

    I actually have to disagree with Hodapp. I love this game. It's odd not having any type of career mode, but that doesn't take anything away from the game for me.

    Personally, I would highly recommend this game. If you don't like bikes or anything like that, then you might not appreciate it as much. This is without a doubt my favorite game right now.

    • Redstar

      I not a motofanatuc but do like good racing games, this is one of them. Even with the lack of career mode I still find this game challenging (hard mode) and very fun.

      Its deffinetly getting a lot of playtime on my phone atm.

      • Redstar

        Use multiple profiles and play between the two, you'll have track tomes for each on the board

    • http://TheAPPera.com James

      I agree with NotYou on this one.

      I agree with Eli's points except the lack of career mode part. The game is fun with unlockables and stuff.

  • NotYou

    I actually have to disagree with Hodapp. I love this game. It's odd not having any type of career mode, but that doesn't take anything away from the game for me.

    Personally, I would highly recommend this game. If you don't like bikes or anything like that, then you might not appreciate it as much. This is without a doubt my favorite game right now.

    • Redstar

      I not a motofanatuc but do like good racing games, this is one of them. Even with the lack of career mode I still find this game challenging (hard mode) and very fun.

      Its deffinetly getting a lot of playtime on my phone atm.

      • Redstar

        Use multiple profiles and play between the two, you'll have track tomes for each on the board

    • http://TheAPPera.com James

      I agree with NotYou on this one.

      I agree with Eli's points except the lack of career mode part. The game is fun with unlockables and stuff.

  • spiffyone

    "...visually stunning, but a bit shallow"?

    Sounds like an ex of mine ;)

    • Big Albie

      Nice...unfortunately, it's all too common, and I'm not talking about iTunes games either. :)

  • spiffyone

    "...visually stunning, but a bit shallow"?

    Sounds like an ex of mine ;)

    • Big Albie

      Nice...unfortunately, it's all too common, and I'm not talking about iTunes games either. :)

  • slappy

    Well okay, but I have to say this is still the best racing game out there so far for the iPhone and Touch.

    • greenro89

      I couldn't agree more!

    • menom

      na - Aqua Moto Racer is far better with the amount of career progression involved - as well as realisic physics

  • slappy

    Well okay, but I have to say this is still the best racing game out there so far for the iPhone and Touch.

    • greenro89

      I couldn't agree more!

    • menom

      na - Aqua Moto Racer is far better with the amount of career progression involved - as well as realisic physics

  • hickup

    you forgot to say that it has been translated with an automatic translator (= crap).
    I always have to switch my iPhone into English to understand what's the menu about. It's really embarassing and I don't feel like to press the "sperm" button.

  • hickup

    you forgot to say that it has been translated with an automatic translator (= crap).
    I always have to switch my iPhone into English to understand what's the menu about. It's really embarassing and I don't feel like to press the "sperm" button.

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Great review, I agree completely with Eli's assessment. The thing that I like best about this review though, is the excellent use of the MORE tag. It would be great if the other guys here knew how to use that function, too. The TA home page would load MUCH faster if there weren't sprawling, five page reviews posted in their entirety all over the place. Two paragraphs and then "Read the rest of this entry" is so much more elegant. ;)

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Great review, I agree completely with Eli's assessment. The thing that I like best about this review though, is the excellent use of the MORE tag. It would be great if the other guys here knew how to use that function, too. The TA home page would load MUCH faster if there weren't sprawling, five page reviews posted in their entirety all over the place. Two paragraphs and then "Read the rest of this entry" is so much more elegant. ;)

  • Digital Accent

    This is, without a doubt, the finest achievement to date on the iPhone; it really is outstanding. My favorite racer, all others pale in comparison.

    • menom

      and the winner is ...

      Aqua Moto Racing!!

  • Digital Accent

    This is, without a doubt, the finest achievement to date on the iPhone; it really is outstanding. My favorite racer, all others pale in comparison.

    • menom

      and the winner is ...

      Aqua Moto Racing!!

  • peya

    When i purchased this game all the tracks where open, and i cant to lap times on the training ground either. :S

  • peya

    When i purchased this game all the tracks where open, and i cant to lap times on the training ground either. :S