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Aqua Moto Racing 3d (3Ds) Review

 
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Splash through the turns and head for the finish line in vivid 3d.

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It's pretty standard racing game, without any frills beyond the 3d aspect.


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Aqua Moto Racing 3d offers a fast paced aquatic racing experience in vivid 3d. It sticks to a pretty standard racing game formula, with not much available in the way of customization or variety. Gamers who are looking for a quick and affordable way to splash to the finish line should have an enjoyable experience nonetheless.

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Posted October 23, 2013 by

 
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Zordix brings a splashingly competitive new game to the Nintendo eShop with Aqua Moto Racing 3d. With hairpin turns, aggressive competitors, and tons of cash to collect, it’s a game that keeps you focused on the finish line, in three dimensions.

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I’m the first to tell you that I often prefer to leave the 3d feature off on my Nintendo 3Ds. 3d honestly ins’t better on a lot of games, particularly because you really have to hold the unit fairly still to get the right effect, and I tend to be one of those gamers that’s waving their handheld around and leaning into turns like an idiot, so it isn’t always worth the effort to hold still for me. That being said, there are exceptions to that rule, and racing games are one of them.

There is just something about watching your vehicle soaring through air after a ramp jump, or spinning around hairpin curves that is really enhanced with 3d. Aqua Moto Racing 3d is a pretty standard racing game, but the 3d effect really gives it that something it needed to keep me playing. The splash of the water as you execute a turn, the elbow of an opponent as you jockey for position, even the drops of rain that fall from the sky literally pop out of the screen to get you in the game, and it works.

That being said, you won’t find much in the way of innovation other than the 3d aspect here. Aqua Moto Racing 3d follows a pretty standard racing game format. You work your way through the seasons, ramping up in difficulty and skill as you unlock higher level tracks, or you can do  quick races or try out a little multiplayer to mix things up a bit. Either way, the races all play out in pretty much the same way. You’ll race against five other players around a water course (that’s the “Aqua” part).

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Since you’re racing in the middle of the water, buoys rather than a track guide your path. Each buoy must be passed on the correct side, and arrows point you in the right direction. Missing a turn can be disastrous to your time, but you’ll want to shave precious seconds off your lap by rounding them closely. There are also ramps spread around the tracks, which give you the opportunity to do tricks to earn turbo boosts. When you hit air off the ramp, you quickly select a trick to perform from the touch screen. You have to time it just right to stick your landing, but it’s a nice touch.

In addition to vying for first place, you can also collect money that is spread around the levels in the form of money bags and treasure chests that are literally just floating around in the water. Collecting them presents a bit of a challenge, though, as veering slightly off course to snag some cash could cost you valuable time. You’ll also earn money through prize winnings at the end of races, so it’s a juggling game between whether you should sacrifice time for money mid-race, or sacrifice money for time in order to place higher. You can use your earnings to upgrade to a variety of new vehicles, but other than changing the color of your rider’s uniform you won’t really find much in the way of customization available.

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Aqua Moto Racing 3d offers a fast paced aquatic racing experience in vivid 3d. It sticks to a pretty standard racing game formula, with not much available in the way of customization or variety. Gamers who are looking for a quick and affordable way to splash to the finish line should have an enjoyable experience nonetheless.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)