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Review: SpeedX on Android

Even though I’ve upgraded my aging Milestone to an Atrix, I still don’t use my phone that often for gaming. Aside from a  few puzzle games, there just seems to be a lack of titles that hold my interest. I’m not the type that likes to play games for long stints – just when I’m waiting for something or need to kill time on the subway.

Usually those games aren’t very graphically-intense, either; this isn’t a bad thing by any means, but I’ve been looking for something that both delights my eyes as well as my synapses. SpeedX happens to do both quite well.  

SpeedX is a game where you are travelling down a long tube and steer by tilting left/right. Your mission is to avoid blocks. You score by simply moving forward, and the game ends when you die. Along the way, the playing field shifts from a tube to a flat plane to an inverted tube and back again, taking your eyeballs along for the ride with it. It’s quite the simple premise.

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But then again, DDR had a simple premise. So did Audiosurf. We all know what happens to games we think are simple; they usually surprise us with their ball-busting difficulty. SpeedX is no different; as soon as you get comfortable with the level you’re at, it throws curve balls (like color shifts and gravity wells) into the mix, screwing with your perception and making it all the more difficult to stay out of the way of those blocks.

This isn’t a bad thing. It makes the game extremely fun. It also keeps the game from getting stale; Feint integration takes care of any lingering boredom the user might have otherwise.

What surprised me the most about this game the most is how it kept my attention; by coincidence, I found that playing music overtop of the default soundtrack (not bad in its own right) makes for a whole different experience. I want to beat my high score in SpeedX. I want to unlock the powerups and game modes. I want to burn whoever thought the “install sponsored apps to get in-game currency” model was a good idea (looking at you too, Gun Bros!)

But more importantly, I want to give props to developer HyperBees for making a game that I want to keep on my phone. And it’s not just me: HyperBees’ Twitter is reporting that SpeedX has been played over 15 million times, with 200,000 players each day. If that’s not a sign of success, I don’t know what is.

You can pick up SpeedX on the Android Marketplace for free, or pay $1.40 for an ad-free and unlocked version.

Matt Demers is Droid Life’s app review guy, and recommends listening to “Waters of Nazareth” for the full trippy effect. Or just for the Jesus. Wish Matt a Happy Easter by following him on Twitter!

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  • Uncommoninfected

    I just had to post. This game is awesome. Like the author of this article, I turn the music off and play this game listening to my favorite music instead…. So much fun. (DroidX)

  • RoomTenONine

    Phenomenal game: simple, elegant, hip, addictive. This game output over HDMI using RealHDMI to a large projector is most excellent (especially at parties). Unfortunately I haven’t been able to do that on my current blur-less rom on my DX sine the HDMI support requires motoblur.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVC7PV2SIXEJJTXJNB674E7DO4 mikron24

    controls are to slow to turn ….needs to be better

  • http://androidforest.com Android Forest

    its kinda like 8 bit mario, simple but you just cant stop playing it.

  • Richlost

    You have to dig up some 3D glasses and part in 3D mode

  • http://www.facebook.com/strivearth Zen Strive

    I am still waiting for a track simulation to be used by elliptical users, the one that doesn’t need user, just showing endless roads or tunnels with plants, pots, or passerbys

  • Gee

    Reminds me of N2O the old ps2/1 game. or further back tempest

    • Keeler

      I absolutely loved that game. Kudos.

  • Drew

    Best game ever! worth the paid price.

  • Anonymous

    My #1 fav game on andriod just because it never really gets old. its kinda like 8 bit mario, simple but you just cant stop playing it.

  • DanSke

    I’ve had this game for over three weeks now and it still is one of my most played games on my TBolt. Simple, Clean and Challenging. Its nice to see some recognition for such a well laid out game.

  • Larry M.

    Love this game!

  • Anonymous

    This game is awesome. My highest score on Standard difficulty was 2900. It gets intense after that point.

  • John

    had this game for awhile.. it’s great.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    I found this by accident in the market the other week, and I love it. Frustrating as hell (but not because of bugs), sign of a great game!

  • DroidX

    I. Love. This Game. !!

  • The Stig

    I’ve had this game for months now. It’s gone through several updates which keeps it fresh. It’s one of those games that you might forget about for a while but you always come back to it and it’s always entertaining.

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