Checkpoint Champion from Protostar is a stunt racing game played from an overhead perspective. Players must drive through a series of checkpoints culminating in a final golden checkpoint to win. However, this isn't just a simple racing game, players will have to slide and boost throughout increasingly difficult levels testing their mettle against tight curves and tight timers.
This game is extremely well made. From the icons, to the terrain and race cars themselves, everything looks very crisp and consistent. There's also a ton of social features implemented including Game Center leaderboards for each level, and picture and video editing.
There are only two courses. Each challenge takes place on only a small portion of the course, but players will eventually find themselves getting board of the same old backdrop. The two-thumb control scheme can be a bit hard to perform the tight turns and precise timing the game expects from you especially when triggering the boost as it requires the player to move both thumbs forward which can result in the car turning before the boost is activated.
Checkpoint Champion is a well put together little racer. It reminded me quite a bit of the racers from the SNES days like Micro Machines and Rock 'n Roll Racing. The only drawbacks are the sometimes wonky controls and repetitive scenery. The game is free and although there are IAP, they are not an annoyance and offer removing ads and unlocking skins and a new vehicle. Free games don't get better than this.