Aqua Moto Racing 2 guide and tips: rule the waves

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Aqua Moto Racing 2 is out now on Android, but it can be tricky to get a handle on – at least at first. Let us be your guide to conquering the title’s trickiest waves.

Racing

There are two main modes in Aqua Moto Racing 2: Career and Single Race. Tracks in the latter are unlocked when you successfully complete them in the former.

Single races, accessible via the crossed flags icon in the main menu, are what they sound like: individual races with no bearing on your general progress through the game. However, they can be useful for working towards achievements. It’s much easier to concentrate on, e.g., pulling off every stunt in a single race if you don’t care about winning.

You can view your achievements in the section marked with a gold riband in the main menu.

The Career is where you’ll do the bulk of your racing, however — particularly at first — so we’ll concentrate on that. You can find it in the main menu behind the trophy icon.

Before you get down to racing, there are two ways of tweaking the control options. Firstly, you can choose between touch and accelerometer controls. Secondly, you can choose between accelerating automatically and pressing a button to brake or vice versa.

Once you’ve chosen your preferred control style, all that remains is to race.

Each race consists of three laps. The course is marked out with buoys, some of which have directional flags on them. Yellow means pass to the left, and red means pass to the right (don’t worry if you’re colorblind — these buoys also have giant pulsating directional flags on them.)

If you pass any of these buoys on the wrong side, you’ll get a penalty. If you get three penalties, you’re disqualified.

If you pass them on the right side however you’ll get a little top up for your boost meter. The closer you pass, the more you get. When your boost meter is full, you can tap the blue icon on the bottom right to activate your boost. It’s best to do this on a straight or when heading for a ramp.

Cash

Around each track are littered bags and chests full of money. Drive over these to collect them. You can also earn money for doing stunts. More on those shortly.

You spend your cash on new watercraft, which you can find behind the watercraft icon in the main menu. Each watercraft costs a certain amount of money and requires a certain rank. Assuming you have the rank, you can buy any watercraft you have the money for.

The watercraft have a variety of stats: Top speed, acceleration, steering, stunt, and turbo. These are not modifiable. You can choose a model that suits your style, but in general a more powerful watercraft will be better irrespective of its balance of attributes, so it makes sense to race with the most expensive one in your garage.

Stunts

During a race, whenever you hit a ramp you’ll get a choice of stunts to execute. There are six in all: Indian Air, Cordova (both easy), No Hands, Tsunami (both medium), Backflip, and Body Varial (both hard.)

A hard stunt is one that requires longer in the air, so if you hit a ramp while going slow or you find yourself in mid air before remembering to pull a stunt, best go for an easy one. Conversely, if you have enough hang time you can pull off a combo, doing one stunt after the other.

Bonus tips

While going over ramps and pulling off stunts is a good way of earning cash, it can actually slow you down. If you’re feeling flush, or you’re in a tight race, it’s sometimes a good idea to give the ramps a wide berth and let your opponents show off while you quietly slip in front.

If you pass three directional buoys on the wrong side you’ll be disqualified. On the face of it, this means you should pass directional buoys on the correct side. But another way of looking at it is that you can cut a corner twice in every race, potentially giving you a huge advantage. Aqua Moto Racing 2 gives you an allowance. Use it wisely!

If you’ve got the rank for a shiny new watercraft but not the money, you can earn more by doing single races on tracks you’ve already unlocked. The beauty of this approach is that you don’t need to win because you’ve already won – you can just devote your energy to collecting cash. Heck, you don’t even have to finish the race!

You can use these tips for yourself by checking out Aqua Moto Racing 2 on Android now – in both Premium and Free iterations.

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