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How do the mechanics of control in the game work, speed?
The blue bar on the top right has 5 levels and I was wondering what exactly are they and more importantly. How do they respond to pressing the arrow buttons? Does holding the button down change the speed?
Answer from: Mabu
If u tap once to the right, i get one blue part. second time, second blue part. that blue stuff shows ur speed. if u have 5, u have max speed.
u should only hold the button when there's the halfpipe like ground going up, down, loopings etc. that gives u more speed then repeadingly tapping
Answer from: Mac
That's right - the blue blocks are like your throttle power. The more power, the faster the acceleration and ultimately the faster your top speed. In tapping, it seems that the shorter the time your finger is off the button in between has the better. Certain interactions (ramps, jumps, loops and just bumps in the road) are different if your finger is on/off the button when you hit them, so you can control jumps a little better using that in some levels, and in most cases you want try to keep your finger down to get the fastest jump or loop.
The game has a LOT of randomness in the physics model, which generates a lot of variability and means in most levels there are multiple points at which your character can get a bump in the road which slows them down or a bump in the road which speeds them up. When you land, you might bounce, or you might 'hit the ground running'. In some levels, a winning world cup time is simply a matter of stringing together 4 or 5 of these fortunate bounces, which means you need to play a lot to win. Knowing where these opportunities are in a level is the skill. You have to judge your moves to try to maximise the chance of getting 'a flyer', and string a few together to get the fastest times.
Answer from: Benthozz
Nice explanation :D