3D Rollercoaster Rush New York in Review – One Hell of a Ride!

3D Rollercoaster Rush New York, as well as having a terribly long name, is a terribly good game. And I’m a poet… etc, etc. Anyway, it’s one of those games that is difficult to classify in terms of genre, but I’d say it’s a casual arcade type of game. Basically, it’s your job to guide a rollercoaster along a number of tracks suspended high above New York City. Except, as you’d expect, it’s not quite that simple. There are ups, downs, loop-the-loops, tunnels, sections of missing track and much more! You must get your coaster and its passengers from one end of the track to the other safely, but with maximum thrills and excitement.

Seriously, it’s not as simple as it sounds. The very intuitive controls are as such. Hold your iDevice horizontally. Start a level. Tilt your device to the left to slow the coaster down, and right to speed it up. That is all. But then you’ve got to practise controlling it skilfully enough that you’ll be going super-fast, but without bumping your customers out of their seats and sending them plummeting to the streets below. The first few levels are easy-peasy, just to lull you into a false sense of security. Then – bam! – you’re hit with tonnes of missing tracks, loop-the-loops and more. Suddenly it’ll become much more difficult to maximise your score for each level.

If you’re not keen on the tilting game mechanic, you can also touch the relevant areas of the screen to control your braking and acceleration, but my personal opinion is that the tilt is much easier and more intuitive. I’d recommend trying out both to see what suits you best.

These are two modes in the game – Career Mode and Challenge Mode. Each mode has 40 levels. In Career Mode you just keep playing levels, negotiating all the challenges that are thrown at you and achieving the highest score you can. Challenge Mode is where you can go back and thrash around tracks to race for the best time. Either way, you’re going to need luck, fast reflexes and lots of skill. An easy game this ain’t.

Once you’ve got the hang of the gameplay, you can even challenge your friends. The game allows you to hook up with other users via Bluetooth, so you can go rollercoaster crazy together! So make sure to practise those insane stunts to get the best score you can… you don’t want to end up on the tea cups whilst your mates are on the big dipper, do you?

Another nice feature is the ability to play your own music instead of the game’s soundtrack, but the built-in sounds are pretty good, so you might not want to.

Overall, I’d recommend 3D Rollercoaster Rush New York. If you’re not sure, there is a free Lite version available to check out. The gameplay is fun and addictive and the graphics and sound are top-notch. The only downsides are the lack of connectivity with social networks and the slightly inflated price. Regardless of these negatives, you’ll be kept entertained for hours.


App Summary
Title: New York 3D Rollercoaster Rush Developer: Digital Chocolate, Inc.
Reviewed Ver: 1.1.1 Min OS Req: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. 2.1
Price: $2.99 App Size: 9.0 MB
  • Fun, addictive gamepla
  • Easy to pick u
  • Intuitive controls
  • Nice graphics
  • Cool soundtrack
  • A little pricey
  • No Facebook/Twitter/OpenFeint connectivity


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