The original Jet Car Stunts for iOS was an App Store darling. Its simple graphics and insane tracks made it easily accessible, and it ran great on just about every device. The sequel, Jet Car Stunts 2, is now available, and while it retains the aesthetic and fun formula of its popular predecessor, it's refusal to grow along with the devices it calls home leaves something to be desired.
Jet Car Stunts 2 is broken up into more than 100 different levels with varying difficulties. Each track has a special car needed to complete it, so if you have a track with a huge gap in the middle, you'll be given a vehicle capable of cruising for long distances. The tracks are typically short and can be completed in less than 30 seconds, and your final rating depends on how many times you mess up before finally making your way to the finish line.
When playing on the iPhone 5s, the game runs smoothly and the ultra-simple graphics look fine. The game could certainly look better though, and just a bit more detail on the tracks, shadows or vehicles would have been a welcome change. As it stands, it's just average in terms of visual flair, which is a bit of a disappointment.
The challenges themselves are great, and there's no shortage of variety. High-bank turns, gaps in the road, huge open spaces and massive loops are just a few of the things you'll need to deal with on your road to the finish, and most tracks are a lot of fun. In addition to the included levels, you can also buy the ability to save and share user-created levels, which adds a ton of replay value.
There's a good deal of emphasis on in-app purchases for bonus packs and added features, but the core game is free, so it's worth a shot even if you don't feel like spending a dime. If you're willing to drop a few bucks, you'll get a much more robust experience, of course.