The Madalin Stunt Cars franchise is a titan of the free-to-play driving game market, providing hours of fun and a surprising amount of depth in a format you can enjoy in your web browser. So what makes the second game in the series so successful and does it really manage to outdo its rivals in terms of quality?
The core appeal of Madalin Stunt Cars 2 come from its large line up of beautifully rendered real-life supercars. From exclusive dream vehicles like the hybrid LaFerrari to classics of American muscle like the resilient Ford Mustang, there are plenty of pixel-perfect recreations of genuine cars that you will be able to race.
Each of the cars can be customized to your liking, with a simple slider system letting you change the color of the exterior to a hue that suits your tastes. If you want to leave the looks up to fate, you can randomize the color sliders and get something truly outlandish.
The gorgeous graphics which define the vehicles in Madalin Stunt Cars 2 are not the only thing to set it apart from the rest of the browser-based driving game scene. It also gives you a few tools to tweak the look and feel further, catering to the Instagram generation with a number of different lens filters that can be swapped between before you dive into the action. From the sepia tinge of the Vintage filter to the cinematic look of Dark Edge, you’ll want to spend a while flipping through the options and seeing how they impact the aesthetic.
The tracks themselves are vast, giving you the freedom to pick the route you want to take, wind up your car of choice to its maximum speed and then blast up a ramp or power through a loop-the-loop to see where the physics engine takes you. Colorful background objects keep things interesting, while the smoothness of the game engine means that you will not suffer from sluggish frame rates or odd visual artifacts at any point.
In fact, it is the visual polish that the developers have given to this game which makes it amongst the best browser-based racers out there at the moment. The only downside is that there is no physical damage system, which means cars look pristine and untouched no matter how much punishment you put them through.
This might seem an odd thing for a stunt driving game to omit, but it does mean that your game will not be cut short by some virtual fault or fracture. And since this criticism is also leveled against triple-A driving games, it hardly matters in the case of a free title.
When you play Madalin Stunt Cars, you have the option of either going solo in the single-player mode or heading online to challenge other gamers.
There are three different maps to choose from, each of which has its own unique obstacles and stunt objects. This means you’re unlikely to see everything that the game has to offer on your first play-through, as there is a lot to take in across each of the expansive maps.
As well as static ramps, there are some movable items dotted around the maps which can be driven into and sent flying, which is an incredibly satisfying experience. The keyboard controls are simple enough for anyone to use, giving you the power to switch between different camera setups, reset the position of your vehicle if it gets stuck and even pinpoints your location on the world map, which is very useful during multiplayer showdowns.
Overall Madalin Stunt Cars 2 is a well made, wheel-y enjoyable driving game that has the added benefit of being completely free. Aside from a couple of minor issues, it is immensely engaging.