Vector Unit dives into Google Play game services

San Francisco, CA – May 15, 2013 — Vector Unit, the indie game developer known for top-selling mobile racing titles Beach Buggy Blitz™, Riptide GP™ and Shine Runner™, announced at Google I/O, Google’s developer conference, that all its games will offer full support for Android’s new Google Play game services starting immediately.

“We love to connect players in our games, but until recently on Android there have been a lot of competing social platforms without a single standout,” says Vector Unit CEO Matt Small. “Google Play game services offer a unifying platform that every Android gamer can join easily, has all the features we could want, and that we as developers can support without worrying about whether it’s going to still be around in 2 years.”

The company’s premium water racing titles, Riptide GP and Shine Runner, and its popular free-to-play “endless driver” Beach Buggy Blitz, all receive updates today that allow users to log in with their Google accounts to earn Achievements, post scores to Leaderboards, and sync their game progress using Cloud Save.

Vector Unit’s upcoming sequel Riptide GP2 is also showcased at Google I/O this week to demonstrate Google Play game services’ real-time multi-player capabilities. Google I/O attendees can play Riptide GP2 this week in the Sandbox on the third floor, and also with NVIDIA, where it’s being shown running with extra graphic features on NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4-based Shield devices.

“Multi-player is a major focus of Riptide GP2,” explains Ralf Knoesel, Vector Unit’s CTO. “Google Play game services provide a robust and easy to use real-time multi-player experience. The elegant invitations and notifications allow players to easily connect with their friends to show off their hydro jet racing skills.”

Riptide GP2 is due to be released on Android and iOS this summer. In addition to multi-player gameplay, the game features a new deeper career mode, player and hydro jet customization, and a stunt combo system with dozens of spectacular stunts.


Beach Buggy Blitz Nominated for 2 Best App Ever Awards

We're thrilled to announce that Beach Buggy Blitz has been nominated for not one but TWO Best App Ever for Android Awards!

Beach Buggy Blitz is nominated for both Best Racing and Most Innovative game categories.  Please vote for us by clicking on one (or both!) of the links below.  Voting is super easy, you don't have to sign up or give your email or anything!

Vote for Beach Buggy Blitz for Best Racing Game Vote for Beach Buggy Blitz for Most Innovative Game


Voting is open til May 15, 2013.  Winners will be announced at Google I/O in San Francisco that very same day.

Incidentally, Riptide GP is also nominated for Best Racing Game, so if you really love Riptide GP more you can vote for it, too!

You can find out more about the Best App Ever Awards here.  


Riptide GP2 Interview on Gamerlivetv

At GDC last month Gamerlivetv conducted an interview with Vector Unit's Creative Director Matt Small about Riptide GP2.  Here's the video!

We cover tons of information about the game, including the new career mode, multiplayer, and more.  Check it out, and let us know if you have any more questions of your own we can answer!



Fan Club Friday!

It's Fan Club Friday!  Time to give away something awesome to the members of the most elite fan club since the dawn of humankind.

This week we're going to give away codes for free coins in Beach Buggy Blitz!

If you're already a member of the Vector Unit Fan Club, you don't have to do anything -- you're automatically entered!  We'll notify the winners via email at the end of the day (US Pacific time), and will shout out in an update to this post.

If you aren't a member of the VUFC -- what are you waiting for?  Join today, and you can download awesome ringtones, wallpapers, and -- of course -- win fabulous free prizes! 


Free Club Friday Official Rules

  1. Competition is open to everyone 13 years old or older, except for employees or family members of employees of Vector Unit.
  2. Winners will be randomly selected from all registered and confirmed Vector Unit Fan Club members.  
  3. Winners will be contacted by a Vector Unit staff member via the email they use to create their Vector Unit Fan Club account, and will be expected to respond to that staff member within 24 hours, else their prize may be forfeit and another winner selected. Vector Unit’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  4. Winners agree that their name and details of their entry may be used for promotional purposes by Vector Unit. 

Giveaway provided by Vector Unit. Any questions regarding this giveaway should be directed to



Riptide GP2 demo on NVIDIA's Project Shield

Here's a sweet video of Riptide GP2 running on Project Shield.  One thing the guy doesn't mention is that the whole game is being rendered with real time shadows, which you can see when the rider casts a shadow on the hydro jet during the stunts.  

Check it out!

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