2XL ATV Offroad screen

This week, 2XL Games' highly anticipated off-road racing game 2XL ATV Offroad [link] hit the App Store.  The game is a follow-up to the studio's 2XL Supercross, a technically impressive dirt-track racing title that, physics and visuals aside, felt a little shallow from an overall gameplay perspective.  We're happy to report that this latest from 2XL Games takes all of the "good" from Supercross and combines it with highly varied tracks, a proper career mode, and Wi-Fi multiplayer to deliver one of the very best racers in the App Store.

ATV Offroad features three different track types in which to compete.  Supercross tracks, much like those featured in 2XL Supercross are represented but, in addition, an array of Nationals (outdoor tracks) and Freestyle (it's like stunt racing in a massive fossile pit) tracks have been added to the mix.  Whatever track type you're racing in, the visuals are breathtaking -- especially in the two outdoor types.  From the impressive draw distance to the overall smoothness of the onscreen action to the clouds of dust kicked up by your competitors, the game is an iPhone eye-candy carnival that the PSP has reason to envy.  The visual experience takes me back to the ATV Offroad Fury series on the PS2, but with a better sense of speed.  Yes, this truly is one of the most visually impressive games available for the iPhone.  It is absolutely a full console experience.

2XL ATV Offroad 1The game features an Arcade mode, which allows racing among any of the 16 available tracks across Supercross, Nationals, and Freestyle, as well as a Career mode (which is really the core playmode) and a Wi-Fi multiplayer mode (with Bluetooth on the way).  Online leaderboards provide a skill incentive.

Career mode involves moving through a sequence of 11 Leagues which are events of varied track combinations.  Rank high enough and the next League is unlocked.  I've spent a great deal of time playing rather deep into the title and can tell you that, at Medium difficulty anyway, it's not a cakewalk.  The challenge is apparent and requires some real skill to League up.  But the journey to victory is a most satisfying one.  The requisite track replays to get the needed ranking are nothing but enjoyable.  Adding to the experience is an extensive achievement system that rewards players for skill on the track along the way.

The two available Freestyle tracks, in whichever mode you encounter them, are solo free-for-all's in a large, terraced pit.  The goal here is to perform as many tricks as possible to rack up points and medal up from bronze to gold.  It's kind of a Tony Hawk experience on an ATV.  The draw-distance and physics system exhibited here are impressive.

2XL ATV Offroad 2The game's default control mode is accelerometer tilt, but a virtual stick is available as well.  I find the former to be far superior to the latter in any mode of gameplay.  Tilt control in this title has been very well tuned and offers excellent vehicle control.

In any playmode you can choose from among 15 different drivers and 15 different ATVs to get the race done.  The variation that these choices provide are simply visual rather than physical, but it's nice to have choices.  And adding to the experience is an impressive sound system that does a great job of letting you know just where the encroaching competitors are on the track behind you.

See the developer's gameplay video for a closer look.

I am a particular fan of offroad racing games.  I enjoy the heightened in-game physics that they exhibit and don't at all mind a little travel on the Z-axis (jump, jump, jump).  That said, this is my favorite racing game available for the iPhone.  And the replay value is significant.  Anyone who enjoys a solid, well-rounded racer -- and offroad racing in particular -- would be a fool to let 2XL Offroad Racing pass them by.

App Store Link: 2XL ATV Offroad, $7.99

TouchArcade Rating

StarStarStarStarStar
  • Robert M.

    Worth every penny!!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Quite.

  • Robert M.

    Worth every penny!!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Quite.

  • SalsaMD

    Equally impressive as this game is the fact the 2XL Supercross remains $7.99.

  • SalsaMD

    Equally impressive as this game is the fact the 2XL Supercross remains $7.99.

  • dumas1000

    I can't fix the accelometer controls. Tilt sensitivity is way too loose, even with the adjustable sliders. Especially on turns. it's almost impossible for me to navigate sharp turns and stay on the road.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      I find the tilt controls to be almost perfect. Different strokes for different folks?

      • Robert M.

        Same here! I tweak the controls and now it works like a dream!

  • dumas1000

    I can't fix the accelometer controls. Tilt sensitivity is way too loose, even with the adjustable sliders. Especially on turns. it's almost impossible for me to navigate sharp turns and stay on the road.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      I find the tilt controls to be almost perfect. Different strokes for different folks?

      • Robert M.

        Same here! I tweak the controls and now it works like a dream!

  • dumas1000

    actually, I just found that upping the brake assist stablizes the controls quite a bit. Nothing that I did with tilt sensitivity or dead zone seemed to make a difference, but brake assist helps the atv come out of turns While still maintaining it's line. I guess I just couldn't gauge the proper speed neccesary for coming out of turns clean on my own, although not for a lack of trying.

  • dumas1000

    actually, I just found that upping the brake assist stablizes the controls quite a bit. Nothing that I did with tilt sensitivity or dead zone seemed to make a difference, but brake assist helps the atv come out of turns While still maintaining it's line. I guess I just couldn't gauge the proper speed neccesary for coming out of turns clean on my own, although not for a lack of trying.

  • dumas1000

    Still, the lack of upgrades/unlockables/Seperate ATVs, each personally customizable with different modifyable stats, parts and equipment that you can purchase with money earned from races, are all things that prevent this from being legitimately a console-quality game. Don't get
    me wrong, it's a terrific value for 7.99. But it's not literally a console-quality game. Frequently, these sort of thing are also lacking in PSP & DS games. Some PSP games have them. Some don't. This compares favorably to similar PSP titles. But not console titles. Not even a PS2 game.

  • dumas1000

    Still, the lack of upgrades/unlockables/Seperate ATVs, each personally customizable with different modifyable stats, parts and equipment that you can purchase with money earned from races, are all things that prevent this from being legitimately a console-quality game. Don't get
    me wrong, it's a terrific value for 7.99. But it's not literally a console-quality game. Frequently, these sort of thing are also lacking in PSP & DS games. Some PSP games have them. Some don't. This compares favorably to similar PSP titles. But not console titles. Not even a PS2 game.

  • EatKodosDaily

    Hm, interesting.
    If I weren't so busy for the next few weeks, I'd probably buy it at that price. As it is, I don't think I'll have time to play so unless they suddenly have a $2.99 sale or something, I don't think it's worth my money.

    • danny

      that makes no sense at all

      • Johnny82

        It actually makes total sense. But I won't bother trying to explain it.

        Anyway, I won't have time to play either. So unless it drops like so many other games do, I'll just wait till I have time to actually play it before shelling out $7.99.

      • Billy

        Well, in that case I hope you're "busy" for the next 7 month or so, cause that's how long, at least, you'll be waiting to see 2XL Games drop the price on this game. Their first game Supercross was released back in April at $7.99 and the price hasn't changed yet.

      • anoteoftruth

        Well your in luck then! Only a few months after its release and its 99cents now :D

  • EatKodosDaily

    Hm, interesting.
    If I weren't so busy for the next few weeks, I'd probably buy it at that price. As it is, I don't think I'll have time to play so unless they suddenly have a $2.99 sale or something, I don't think it's worth my money.

    • danny

      that makes no sense at all

      • Johnny82

        It actually makes total sense. But I won't bother trying to explain it.

        Anyway, I won't have time to play either. So unless it drops like so many other games do, I'll just wait till I have time to actually play it before shelling out $7.99.

      • Billy

        Well, in that case I hope you're "busy" for the next 7 month or so, cause that's how long, at least, you'll be waiting to see 2XL Games drop the price on this game. Their first game Supercross was released back in April at $7.99 and the price hasn't changed yet.

      • anoteoftruth

        Well your in luck then! Only a few months after its release and its 99cents now :D

  • mikeadams

    too bad im a mxer. if they replaced the atvs with dirt bikes id be in. looks more fun and open than 2xl supercross.

    • Intense

      i'm still waitting for that one :D

  • mikeadams

    too bad im a mxer. if they replaced the atvs with dirt bikes id be in. looks more fun and open than 2xl supercross.

    • Intense

      i'm still waitting for that one :D

  • beetle004

    Sounds like a great game...but does it have variety?? I mean there are only two outdoor tracks...we don't see any wet muddy tracks.is any outdoor track where you race at night? There doesn't seem to be any desert tracks,racing on mountainous terrains, racing during different weather conditions like during rain,etc,etc.....but still seems like a pretty good buy..will get this next week:D:D

  • beetle004

    Sounds like a great game...but does it have variety?? I mean there are only two outdoor tracks...we don't see any wet muddy tracks.is any outdoor track where you race at night? There doesn't seem to be any desert tracks,racing on mountainous terrains, racing during different weather conditions like during rain,etc,etc.....but still seems like a pretty good buy..will get this next week:D:D

  • Mr Slinky Spring

    Brilliant game.. Just a shame re: the omission of worldwide multiplayer.
    I'm loving the single player mode but am aware it will all be over soon. And doing it all over again in, 'hard' mode won't be enough in terms of longetivity.
    Games with online, like Cocoto and Adrenaline Golf are the ones that keep me coming back. The AI in ATV have no personalities, they just ride around on a set path with no awareness of ur existance, and is therefore not as much fun offline as, say, Real Racing for me. Imagine this game with voice chat, and with in-game purchases for additional customized skins and jump styles to justify the server maintenance costs.. I find myself getting frustrated that as brilliant games like this move into a console experience, in an increasing socially connected world, I have to play it on my own with droids.

    If you want me, I'll be playing on my own.

    • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

      maybe, they'll do that in later updates. For now though, the game looks awesome!

      • Mr Slinky Spring

        Fingers crossed hey. Getting my girlfriend and other I-phone wielding mates to shell out a fiver for a game they're not really (at all in the GF's case!) interested in is proving impossibe!

        Please announce online for this game, it's too good not to be!

  • Mr Slinky Spring

    Brilliant game.. Just a shame re: the omission of worldwide multiplayer.
    I'm loving the single player mode but am aware it will all be over soon. And doing it all over again in, 'hard' mode won't be enough in terms of longetivity.
    Games with online, like Cocoto and Adrenaline Golf are the ones that keep me coming back. The AI in ATV have no personalities, they just ride around on a set path with no awareness of ur existance, and is therefore not as much fun offline as, say, Real Racing for me. Imagine this game with voice chat, and with in-game purchases for additional customized skins and jump styles to justify the server maintenance costs.. I find myself getting frustrated that as brilliant games like this move into a console experience, in an increasing socially connected world, I have to play it on my own with droids.

    If you want me, I'll be playing on my own.

    • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

      maybe, they'll do that in later updates. For now though, the game looks awesome!

      • Mr Slinky Spring

        Fingers crossed hey. Getting my girlfriend and other I-phone wielding mates to shell out a fiver for a game they're not really (at all in the GF\'s case!) interested in is proving impossibe!

        Please announce online for this game, it's too good not to be!

  • Super6ft7

    what does it mean by "console quality" obviously not the graphics as games like pure and motostorm obviously win there. 16 tracks, well thats less than any racer (off-road or not) that I have, and they are probably much less open. And lastly the lack of multiplayer makes me seriously doubt that its truly "console quality"

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      An iPhone game would not need to match the likes of top releases for seventh generation consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox 360 to be considered "console quality." I likened the game to a PS2 title in the article, and it does seem to be of the PS2, GameCube, Xbox (original) caliber.

    • Adams Immersive

      You could also compare it to handheld "consoles" from the big console makers. This looks it would make PSP owners WISH they had analog controls available :)

  • Super6ft7

    what does it mean by "console quality" obviously not the graphics as games like pure and motostorm obviously win there. 16 tracks, well thats less than any racer (off-road or not) that I have, and they are probably much less open. And lastly the lack of multiplayer makes me seriously doubt that its truly "console quality"

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      An iPhone game would not need to match the likes of top releases for seventh generation consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox 360 to be considered "console quality." I likened the game to a PS2 title in the article, and it does seem to be of the PS2, GameCube, Xbox (original) caliber.

    • Adams Immersive

      You could also compare it to handheld "consoles" from the big console makers. This looks it would make PSP owners WISH they had analog controls available :)

  • TKO

    Okay .. So I finally got round to checking the video. I was quite put off by the last ATV bike game. Holy crap, that looks good. It costs a bit but, heck, I'm downloading it already. hehehe..

  • TKO

    Okay .. So I finally got round to checking the video. I was quite put off by the last ATV bike game. Holy crap, that looks good. It costs a bit but, heck, I'm downloading it already. hehehe..

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    Just got it, I'm a sucker for eye candy.

    • RNF

      Same here!

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    Just got it, I'm a sucker for eye candy.

    • RNF

      Same here!

  • Cory Gillmore

    I love this game. My favorite app so far. Look for CoryGillmore up around the top of most of the leaderboards. I'll be there!

  • Cory Gillmore

    I love this game. My favorite app so far. Look for CoryGillmore up around the top of most of the leaderboards. I'll be there!

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Why do people get so bent out of shape when someone posts that they believe a game is overpriced for them?
    Some people wont find the same value in a game that others do. People arent stupid and wont be swayed by reading an "i think its overpriced" comment.
    Yes, we all know it takes a lot of time and effort to develop games. That doesnt mean everyone is willing to pay a premium for it.

    • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

      Btw, the game looks like a whole lot of fun :)

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Why do people get so bent out of shape when someone posts that they believe a game is overpriced for them?
    Some people wont find the same value in a game that others do. People arent stupid and wont be swayed by reading an "i think its overpriced" comment.
    Yes, we all know it takes a lot of time and effort to develop games. That doesnt mean everyone is willing to pay a premium for it.

    • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

      Btw, the game looks like a whole lot of fun :)

  • http://touchreviews.tk Qasim

    God. Well Rock Band just come out already. I want to buy this game, but I already have 2XL Supercross, and I"m not getting this.

    I have no self-control w/ buying games on the app store! I know I will get this and regret it because I'm going to want Rock band so bad!

    lol.

  • http://touchreviews.tk Qasim

    God. Well Rock Band just come out already. I want to buy this game, but I already have 2XL Supercross, and I"m not getting this.

    I have no self-control w/ buying games on the app store! I know I will get this and regret it because I'm going to want Rock band so bad!

    lol.

  • http://musiquenontalent.blogspot.com robman84

    Can you actually slide the thing, or crash it? Looks a bit on-rails for me from the video. I would have imagined more rally car style physics. Very pretty though.

  • http://musiquenontalent.blogspot.com robman84

    Can you actually slide the thing, or crash it? Looks a bit on-rails for me from the video. I would have imagined more rally car style physics. Very pretty though.

  • Dave

    Was it just me or did the gameplay look rather boring in the video. I don't think there was a single lead change...just going round and round the track with a couple of flips. It's looks great...but boring...

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Races are anything but boring, at least in my experience -- nothing like taking the lead, sliding in a curve and having the pack slam into
      you. And to the robman above, nothing on-rails about the game. You can and will crash -- often.

  • Dave

    Was it just me or did the gameplay look rather boring in the video. I don't think there was a single lead change...just going round and round the track with a couple of flips. It's looks great...but boring...

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Races are anything but boring, at least in my experience -- nothing like taking the lead, sliding in a curve and having the pack slam into
      you. And to the robman above, nothing on-rails about the game. You can and will crash -- often.

  • JakeFake

    Got the supercross, now grabbed this also. I'm just waiting to get my new GS as it seems to lag a bit with alumine-iphone :)

  • JakeFake

    Got the supercross, now grabbed this also. I'm just waiting to get my new GS as it seems to lag a bit with alumine-iphone :)

  • TKO

    Yeah .. now I have it.. It's not bad. But I was expecting more sliding from the bikes. A bit of particulate kicked up off the wheels would have been nice too.

    It's enjoyable ..just doesn't feel very real. Not complaining, just not what I expected. :) ..oh, and the engine noises are very good. Much better than Dirt Moto.

  • TKO

    Yeah .. now I have it.. It's not bad. But I was expecting more sliding from the bikes. A bit of particulate kicked up off the wheels would have been nice too.

    It's enjoyable ..just doesn't feel very real. Not complaining, just not what I expected. :) ..oh, and the engine noises are very good. Much better than Dirt Moto.

  • AnotherDan

    Looks like some skilled people made this app that should get paid. So remember when your cooking fries at Mc Donalds and the manager decides to reduce your minimum wage cause some cheap people who need to get jobs are complaining about price..... It's all good. Not being preaching, it just looks like people complaining about price should get a new and less expensive way to spend time. I don't want cheap a** games to flood the market anymore.

  • AnotherDan

    Looks like some skilled people made this app that should get paid. So remember when your cooking fries at Mc Donalds and the manager decides to reduce your minimum wage cause some cheap people who need to get jobs are complaining about price..... It's all good. Not being preaching, it just looks like people complaining about price should get a new and less expensive way to spend time. I don't want cheap a** games to flood the market anymore.

  • Jonas

    I got this during a sale and it's AMAZING! The controls are sooo smooth and the graphichs owns. Alot of different tracks to choose between. This game i will spend alot of time playing. Go buy it!

  • Jonas

    I got this during a sale and it's AMAZING! The controls are sooo smooth and the graphichs owns. Alot of different tracks to choose between. This game i will spend alot of time playing. Go buy it!

  • http://www.pro-comp-tires.com Pro Comp Tires

    Picked this up. Great game.