This morning, Eli and I spent checked out Hill Climb Racing [Free], the number one free app on the App Store. It's another one of those physics-based "racing" games that task you with driving a crappy car up and down 2D hills on an eternal hunt for coins and a high score. With these coins, you can upgrade your car. You can also buy two other vehicles: an F1-looking racing car and a monster truck. Both feel faster and more stable than the first car you get.

So, what makes Hill Climb Racing so special? Why is it sitting on top of the App Store? We're not too sure. It doesn't have a cool look or icon and it's not even the best take on this genre within the top ten free apps. It's kinda mystery.

Our guess was that we'd be able to say "oh, I get it" after taking a look at it, but here we are, still wondering. Maybe it'll click with you, though:

  • mrTofu

    Compare this to a game likes of Extreme Road Trip 2, you scratch your head a bit why this one is doing so much better. Maybe the general population like generic, and dead simple games with little challenge and overly priced IAP.

  • ibnMuhammad

    I'm suprised you guys didn't simply read the comments in the app
    store from those that play the game... if you did, you'd realise quickly
    that it's an extremely addictive, simple, but with very realistic
    physics in terms of how each vehicle behaves, even more so after the
    addons.

    I'm not generally into gaming, in fact any
    other game I've tried, I've deleted after a day or two, but this one
    keeps me coming back and I'm hopelessly addicted too :(

  • bababewey

    I've been consumed with this game recently.

  • David Ripplinger

    I made a website where we can all post and compare high scores. Check it out at:

    sites [dot] google [dot] com/site/hillclimbracingforum

    Just replace " [dot] " with "."