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Powerboat Challenge is a powerboat racing game. The player has to race his boat round buoys; red buoys must be passed on the left, the green ones must be passed on the right. The closer the player passes to the buoy, the more style points rewarded and the more boost is given to the boat. When the boost meter is full, the player may use it to speed up the boat for a while. If one buoy is missed, the player loses all boost charges and the boat slows down; if three buoys are missed, the player is disqualified from that race. A style rating is also given by the end of each race.

In race events, arriving among the three first places awards the player a medal (gold, silver, or bronze) and a prize in money. In time trials, the player has to beat a pre-defined time to earn the medals. In eliminator courses, the last placed player on each lap gets knocked out and in best overall courses the results are determined not only by the place in which the player gets, but how well the player raced. The money may be used to buy boat upgrades. In the beginning of the game, the player may select one of four characters with different ratings on attributes such as top speed, acceleration, agility, and turbo. The upgrades bought will improve the boat in those attributes.

The game features four islands (Richmore, Brookfield, Culuá, and Akonisos) with different scenarios (swamps, icy seas, rainforest rivers) and events in each of them. Collecting enough medals unlocks new islands. After beating the game with a given character, the player may replay the entire game with a different one.


Powerboat Challenge Zeebo Options menu.
Powerboat Challenge iPhone Character selection
Powerboat Challenge Zeebo Starting a race.
Powerboat Challenge Zeebo A Time Trial event. In this kind of event, the player must try to beat the time shown at the top of the screen.

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Mobile Game Faqs J2ME Apr 11, 2008 94 out of 100 94
airgamer J2ME Mar 25, 2008 93 out of 100 93
AppCraver iPhone Dec 17, 2008 9 out of 10 90
TouchGen iPhone Nov 08, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mobile Game Faqs iPhone Dec 21, 2008 83 out of 100 83
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Nov 28, 2008 8 out of 10 80
All About Symbian N-Gage (service) May 05, 2011 79 out of 100 79 N-Gage (service) 2009 7 out of 10 70
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames N-Gage (service) Oct 27, 2009 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN iPhone Nov 19, 2008 5.5 out of 10 55


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