Well would you look at that, we’ve had the opportunity to have an even closer look at the wave-racing game Riptide GP, optimized for NVIDIA Tegra 2 devices, made to roll out nicely on the G-Slate! I say even close because we did get to peek at this game back at Pepcom during CTIA 2011, a convention in sunny Orlando Florida some weeks ago. See below as we run through what this still-slightly-early build of the game has to offer, all of it here on the utterly new T-Mobile G-Slate!

I added the term “mini review” to the title of this post because whenever a game is demoed to yours truly, I cannot help but note how well I see it working in the future, how much I like it right this very moment, and so on. Thusly the video you’re about to see does have a tiny bit of judgement. Not much though, as this game is utterly simple in its concept, so simple that there just isn’t anything to criticize. That said, the graphics and gameplay are something to behold, the physics of the whole situation looking right nice.

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This is a racing game that’s unlike any road racing game you’ve ever played before. Certainly not the first time there’s ever been a game where jetskis race on water, this game DOES bring such a situation to the tablet here before anyone else. And it’s fun – did I tell you that it’s fun? That’s important, more important than the utterly excellent water raceways, more important than the tubular jumps, and even more important than splashing!

This game is set to release in a couple of weeks (inside the week of 05/16, to be specific,) for Tegra 2 devices. If you’re not in on that game, get in on it! You could get yourself a G-Slate, a G2x, or heck, you could even win yourself a free Motorola XOOM! We just happen to have a total of FIVE fine Wifi-only tablets of that nature in a giveaway going on right now!

Also feel free to check out the lovely screenshots of this game below!

UPDATE: the game is out now! Go grab it from the Tegra Zone or straight from the Android Market – also check out this press release if you’re not already out there playing:

San Rafael, CA – May 24, 2011 — Vector Unit, an independent game developer dedicated to creating big game play experiences for mobile devices, announced that jet ski racer game Riptide GP is now available for purchase in the Android Market on Tegra Zone, exclusively for tablets and super phones powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra™ super chip.

Riptide GP is an easy-to-pick-up, arcade jet ski racing experience with realistic wave physics and stunning graphics, ushering in a new era of console-quality titles on mobile devices. Designed from the ground up to take full advantage of Tegra’s dual-core CPU and GeForce GPU, Riptide GP features super-realistic water physics, real-time reflections, and gorgeous high-detail vehicles and environments.

Players stunt, boost and rocket their jet skis through twisting canals and rivers, futuristic cityscapes, and mysterious research facilities over an ever-changing torrent of unpredictable and undulating water.

Game Features:

· Designed specifically for mobile devices powered by NVIDIA Tegra

· Carve through 12 race courses across dynamic, ever changing water surfaces

· Grab massive air and perform dramatic stunts

· Unlock and master 6 screaming fast jet skis

· Alter the environment mid-race with interactive triggers

· 3 game modes: Race, Hot Lap and Championship

· Earn achievements, post to leaderboards, and race against your friends’ best split times with OpenFeint support

Matt Small, Creative Director at Vector Unit: “We’re fans of casual phone games, but the kinds of gameplay experiences we like to make are big, exciting, over the top 3D extravaganzas. Our goal with Riptide GP is to create a showpiece game that’s exciting to play and looks awesome – something you can show off to your friends to make them jealous of your new Tegra-powered tablet or super phone.”

Ashu Rege, Vice President of Game Content and Technology at NVIDIA: “Riptide GP is a great example of the new content and experiences NVIDIA Tegra is bringing to Android devices. Vector Unit, the team behind the popular Hydro Thunder Hurricane on Xbox 360, has brought the same outstanding gameplay, console-quality graphics and sheer fun to super phones and tablets with Tegra.”


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