Your first impressions of Hill Climb Racing are unlikely to involve amazement. The game has rudimentary artwork and a rather repetitive soundtrack, but look a little further into this physics-based buggy game from Fingersoft and you'll find an incredibly compelling experience lurking beneath. Your task is as simple as it is precarious: guide a jeep across a perilously bumpy landscape, collecting coins and topping up your fuel from the canisters that occasionally appear.
Hill Climb Racing's physics engine is one that focuses on fun rather than realism, and it will take you some time to acclimatize yourself to the unique quirks of its handling as you tumble precariously over steep peaks, narrow bumps in the road and sharply angular crevasses. There is a great deal of satisfaction to be had from mastering the handling though, and if the game is a little eccentric it's also eminently fair. Your attempt ends if you land on your driver's head with a sickening snap, but it will always be your fault!
There is, of course, a purpose to those coins you've been collecting across the varying landscapes, and they're primarily invested in improving your jeep. Upgrading your engine will help you power up those steeper climbs, while an upgraded suspension will make your jeep less inclined to tip end-over-end on the bumpier sections. Improved tires and investment in four wheel drive will also help stabilize things and allow you to push a little further towards a new high score.