Most driving games see you either going round and round a circuit or racing from the beginning of a course to the end.
Well guess what — anyone with a car can do that. What they can’t do is drive their cars up enormous ramps, take them around loop-de-loops, and generally hurl them through the air like giant toys.
Madalin Stunt Cars 2 sees you barrelling around an open-world course in a supercharged vehicle, hunting for tricks to pull off and deaths to defy.
You can think of it as a sort of Tony Hawk game where there’s nobody on the skateboard, because the skateboard is an invincible supercar.
The tricks range from the simple, such as jumping over a ramp, to insanely complicated, such as using a tilted ramp to launch yourself against the inner wall of a giant barrel and speeding in a long spiral all the way to the top, using centrifugal force to keep you from tumbling to the ground.
Developer Madalin Stanciu claims that Madalin Stunt Cars 2 has, “realistic driving physics”. While this might just about be true of the basics like steering and drifting, we’re happy to report that the rest of the game’s physics are gloriously unrealistic.
You can crash into whatever you like, fall from any height, land on your roof, and even drive upside down and your car will remain operational. This is a game that prioritises fun and experimentation over realism.
Madalin Stunt Cars 2 comes with three courses and 35 different cars to choose from. Plus, you can even tweak the presentation during gameplay to give the whole thing a World War 1 makeover, or change the world from day to night, or make everything look summery. There are 35 different filters to play with.
But the real fun is in playing in the game’s sandbox environments, trying to keep your supercar under control as you line yourself up for some epic stunts.