Start your engines and get ready to destroy the leaderboards.
This morning we published our review of Fingersoft's Hill Climb Racing, an eccentric but loveable physics racing game. If you're struggling to nail a high-score, here are all of our top hints and tips for getting ahead in the game.
How can I clear bridges in Hill Climb Racing without flipping over?
There's a definite knack to clearing a bouncing bridge with both speed and grace. Don't leave the bridge at full speed or you'll very likely take a fatal tumble. Instead, you should be braking well in advance of clearing the last plank. Just don't brake too sharply or you'll face the same precarious problem!
Which upgrade should I choose for my car next?
It depends on the situation on each level. If you're unable to get up very steep inclines, then it makes sense to invest in your engine so you can get up the steeper hills. Note also that upgrading your tires will help your traction.
Suspension and 4WD upgrades will also make a big difference to your handling. If you're not experiencing any particular difficulties, then we recommend upgrading each of the four engine systems equally, rather than focusing on one in particular.
How much throttle should I use?
As a general rule, it's never a good idea to simply hold the throttle down at full speed. Instead, pump the gas gently to just about clear steep climbs so that your car will settle gently into the descent. You won't earn much air-time for playing it cautiously, but you will survive longer and gather more coins as a result.
What can I spend my coins on in Hill Climb Racing?
There are three things you can spend your money on in the game: upgrades for your vehicle, new landscapes to race through, and new cars to do the racing in.
Why did my game end?
Keep a close eye on your fuel meter! Once it's expired, your high-score attempt will end, so be sure to pick up the red fuel canisters that occasionally appear on the road. Don't be afraid to land quickly to take advantage of a fuel top-up!
How can I get more coins?
Don't forget that you can perform tricks to score more coins when the rewards are tallied up at the end of each run. Grabbing plenty of air time and performing flips will give a decent boost to your booty, but be careful not to endanger your run with a crash landing!
You can also head to the cash store if you've got money burning a hole in your wallet, or just keep grinding levels for more coins.
What do the car upgrades do?
Here's the low-down on what you'll gain for investing in the four upgrade areas. Note that the prices get exponentially more expensive as you level your way through the upgrades.
"Improved engine parts result in power increase. Higher horsepower helps you climb hills and make longer jumps and tricks for more bonuses."
If you're struggling to make it up hills, even at full power and traction, throw a bit of money at this upgrade to give your vehicle an overall speed boost.
"Lower weight point and improved shock absorption improves stability at high speeds and makes the car more stable on bumps."
If you're finding yourself tumbling out of control after a particularly big leap, upgrade your suspension. An improved suspension will also help you to navigate smaller, bumpier patches in the ground without flipping over!
"Improved tires result in better traction and better power delivery to the ground."
Tired are a solid upgrade option if you're struggling with both speed and traction.
"Improving all wheel drive system will result in better traction and better handling of the vehicle."
As with the suspension and tire upgrades, an investment made here will pay off in your overall performance.
How can I unlock new stages in Hill Climb Racing?
It's important to keep your car upgraded with the coins you've earned, but you can also spend them on unlocking new stages. Head to the Stage section of the menu to buy a new landscape to tear through.