4x4 Jam is an off-road racer that lets you drive wherever you want--an ongoing and changing landscape continues in every direction. This game is from the early days of the iTunes App Store, and while the gameplay is still pretty fun, it's easy to tell the graphics haven't been updated for the latest iOS devices.
Even so, 4x4 Jam still manages to be fun and worthy of a download if you've never tried it. Steer by tilting your iPhone left and right and you have several options for control sets depending on how much control over gas and brakes you want. You can choose between a VW-bug-like off-road racer or a 4x4 truck, with four skin options for each. You can participate in a few different race types with computer-controlled players including an Off Road Race (try to beat your opponents to each gate) and a Jam (collect points by passing through more gates than your opponents). Sadly there is no career mode, so there is little to keep you interested if you don't like the race types offered. But there are three difficulty levels to keep things somewhat interesting.
One of the first things we noticed when we initially played this game was the well-implemented physics. Even now, 4x4 Jam has a better overall feel than a lot of the racing games you'll find today. As you make turns you really notice the centrifugal force and stopping to turn on a dime is pretty much impossible. This only adds to the fun as you and your opponents jockey for position and you even have opportunities to force them away from gates to get an advantage.
Overall, 4x4 Jam is an excellent if somewhat dated game, with fun and challenging racing action. If the developers optimized the game for the Retina Display and added a career mode, it would be even better.
From Invictus Games:
4x4 JAM is the most unique all-terrain Off-Road racing game you've ever seen. Jump over your opponents or roll down a steep hill - there are no rules and no boundaries in 4x4 Jam. Challenge your opponents on icy mountains or hot sand dunes and experience the excitement of hill climbing with custom built off-road vehicles. Race with various off-road vehicles with tilted or tapped game control. MAIN FEATURES: universal build with retina display support for iPhone and iPad. realistic physics. 9 licensed soundtracks from awesome rock bands. Career mode with 32 different achievements. 4 different racing series: 4x4 Contest, Off-Road Championship League, Ichor Racing Series, Final Jam. Various difficulty levels. High score and best lap time records. 5 camera views including cockpit view. Tilt, Tap and combined control methods. GameCenter Leaderboards. TRACKS: Greenfields, Autumn, Desert, Frozen, Hawaii, Sand Dunes, Red Rock and Apls. GAME MODES: Jam, Off Road Race, Road Race, Collector and Free Ride. VEHICLES: 10 unique off-road vehicles: 4x4 Truck, Beetle, Willy Top, Land Raider, Peak Climber, Wrecker, X-Revo, Custom Pickup, Custom Beetle, Spieler Buggy.