What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Offroad Legends is a monster truck stunt and racing game that has players jump their vehicles over a series of hills and obstacles. The game uses semi-realistic physics to convey momentum, but conveniently ignores reality to an extent in an effort to improve gameplay. There's minimal violence when a vehicle crashes (occasional explosions, but no human suffering is depicted), though an onscreen guide shows a fair bit of digital cleavage. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Kids attempt to complete various courses without crashing, with faster speeds earning bonus stars. They do this by accelerating (and braking) using their right thumb, while they use their left thumb to direct the tilt of the car. (Tilt can also be adjusted by rotating the phone or tablet, if that option is preferred.) Coming down at the correct angle gives you momentum going into the next jump. Along the way, there are nitro boosts that briefly increase your speed. Players can unlock other trucks by collecting stars on each track.
Is it any good?
Offroad Legends offers a good blend of racing and stunt driving that will test the player's precision and patience. Once you're past the tutorial stage, things get difficult, but every screw up you make is easily traced back to your own mistakes, which are easily corrected the next time you play.
The game is also a graphical improvement over many others in the same genre, which is noteworthy, since you may end up replaying the same track again and again. And while the genre doesn't lend itself to multiplayer, the use of leaderboards gives it a longer shelf life.