Resolution Interactive recently gave us a peek at their upcoming aquatic racing game, Aqua Moto Racing 2. This sequel to the original Aqua Moto Racing [$1.99] improves the game in nearly every way imaginable, and after going back and playing the first entry in the series, it's really hard to believe that this game is even running on the same platform in comparison.
The game plays much like the classic Nintendo 64 game WaveRace 64 (and other similar racing games), with buoys that you must either pass on the right or the left, with a healthy helping of ramps strewn about to get massive amounts of air off of. We really liked Aqua Moto Racing in our review when it was released last year, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the sequel is even more fun, especially now that our main complaint from said review has been completely rectified.
Aqua Moto was (and still is) a great game, which did an excellent job providing nearly everything you'd want out of a wave-runner arcade game, except movement in the water. Every track in Aqua Moto was remarkably calm, but not anymore. Aqua Moto 2 introduces an entirely new dynamic water system, which not only looks great in motion, but also makes the game both more fun and challenging as a sudden wave as you're trying to come around a corner can either result in getting wicked air, or going off course entirely.
The stunt system is cool too, as with a flick of your phone over a jump the game goes in to slow motion and allows you to select a variety of different tricks for your racer to perform. You can see how this all goes together in the following gameplay video:
This is still an early development build, so it's hard to really get a good idea of what the full game is going to be like yet since so little is included in the preview version. The few tracks I were able to play were a ton of fun, I just really hope that the developers do something to improve the sound of the engine, as the short loop of sound they're currently using really sticks out once you notice it. Resolution Interactive isn't getting any more specific than "Summer 2010" for the release date of Aqua Moto Racing 2, but once the game finally hits the App Store, expect a full review.