Riptide GP2 finally arrives as a universal game for Windows Phone 8.1
The tantalizing benefits of universal games for Windows Phone and Windows desktop is lurching slowly every day to becoming a reality. The process should accelerate with Windows 10 due next year, but for now, users have to settle for the occasional release.
Today, Riptide GP2 is that next game. Originally released through the Windows Store back in December 2013, the Windows Phone 8.1 port of the game is now available for mobile usage after some delays. More importantly, if you buy one for $2.99, you get the other one for free, making this a superb deal.
Riptide GP2 is the hit sequel to Riptide GP, aka one of the original watercraft racing games. Featuring excellent graphics and smooth gameplay the Riptide series has always been a little exhilarating to play. The Windows version maintains a 4.1 (out of 5) rating, which is on the high end and demonstrates user satisfaction.
Riptide GP2 is made by Vector Unit who also make those other racing games Hydro Thunder Hurricane and the recently released Beach Buggy Racing.
Check out the trailer for the game embedded in this article, or just go and download the game to try it yourself. Unfortunately, only the Windows version has a free trial, and not the Windows Phone one, which is likely an oversight.
Riptide GP2 is also 512 MB compatible for those with entry-level Windows Phones and is a modest 64 MB in download size. Remember, if you buy it on one platform, you do not have to buy it again on the other.
- Download Riptide GP2 for Windows Phone 8.1 (Universal game; $2.99, no free trial)
- Download Riptide GP2 for Windows 8.1 (Universal game; $2.99, free trial)
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