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4x4 Extreme Off Road

For: Mobile

Looks like a champion

Product: 4x4 Extreme Off Road | Developer: Baltoro Games | Publisher: Xendex Entertainment | Publisher: Glu Mobile | Format: Mobile | Genre: Arcade, Racing, Simulation | Players: 1 | Format: J2ME | File size: 2MB | Reviewed on: N81 other handsets | Version: Europe
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It's human nature to be drawn to the pretty things in life, even if on closer inspection they prove not to be the most profound.

Like an ill-advised fling with that bit of fluff you've had your eye on, 4x4 Extreme Off Road promises more with its flashy visuals than it can deliver in gameplay.

Time attack

Like a traditional arcade rally release, 4x4 Extreme Off Road has you racing solo, attempting to post the best time as you sprint from checkpoint to checkpoint.

As is standard, the game auto-accelerates from the off, leaving steering and braking in your hands. Take too many corners at too high a pace and you'll end up bouncing from one side to another.

Tracks are also littered with awkward objects designed to make your ride an overly bumpy one. Again, hit one too many of these and your time will suffer.

This is all very well, but what stands out about 4x4 Extreme Off Road is the quality of the visuals (look out for the road splash hitting the phone's screen as you tear through the mud) and the game's ability to deliver tracks containing a degree of variety usually beyond most Java releases.

Flinging the mud

Bends in 4x4 Extreme Off Road are – as its name suggests – extreme, and in terms of design this is a rally release with no peers.

Problem is, 4x4 Extreme Off Road's excellence in terms of style can't lift a fundamentally underwhelming experience. Visual flair aside, racing around most of the game's tracks is tame, not because the courses themselves are found wanting but rather because 4x4 Extreme Off Road's engine gives little feedback.

The game's nitro boost – which builds steadily throughout – makes very little difference, shaving a few seconds off your time without actually altering your on-track experience.

What's more, while it's especially hard not to come out on top in 4x4 Extreme Off Road's opening encounters, soon you'll find yourself slipping down the ranks even if you have a faultless race. 4x4 Extreme Off Road lives and dies by upgrades, and if you make the wrong choices, your race suffers.

4x4 Extreme Off Road promises much, then, and there's certainly a lot to fallen in love with on the outside, but it's on the inside where its race is found wanting.
4x4 Extreme Off Road
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Keith Andrew | 11 October 2011
Visually leading the pack, 4x4 Extreme Off Road falls apart somewhat after a few races, with an overbearing upgrade system and a tame racing experience dragging it to the back of the grid
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