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Riptide GP: Renegade (2011) is a fast-paced racing game set in the underground hydro-jet racing scene. It takes extreme jet-ski action in a wacky direction, but there's a significant skill in manoeuvring your vehicle through tight twists and turns to achieve air time for stunts. It combines the thrill of high-speed racing with snowboarding-style ramps and tricks that increase your score.

Set in an alternate reality where the streets are flooded, and the primary motorsport is the Riptide Grand Prix. You play a racer cast out of the Grand Prix and must work your way back to fame by climbing the illegal underground cups. Pursued by both the police and your competitors, you race through abandoned factories, waterways, and ruins, increasing your score by tricking off ramps and reaching the finish first.

You steer your hydro-jet through the flooded streets, gaining speed and avoiding obstacles and the police. You can use environmental ramps and jumps to get into the air and perform tricks to increase your score and grant speed boosts. As you progress race to race, score enough points and you can buy new vehicles and customise your character. Multiplayer play lets you race against friends and family, vying for pole position and seeing who can pull off the most impressive tricks.

Previous games in the series offer similar gameplay, but with different races, hydrojets, and cosmetics:
  • Riptide GP (2011) Android, iOS, PC and Amazon Fire.
  • Riptide GP2 (2014) Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, PC, Amazon Fire.
  • Riptide GP: Renegade (2016) Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Android iOS, PC, Amazon Fire and Nintendo Switch.

The result is a mix of high-octane, fast-paced races with stunts and tricks that make for a unique and entertaining game, with multiplayer that allows everyone to get involved and compete in lighthearted fun.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Riptide GP: Renegade a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Race and Sports game with Simulation and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game. You can race each other competitively to see who can get the highest score and fastest time.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 10 hours to complete. To complete all the main missions races will take on average 6-7 hours, but playing competitively with friends and replaying races to unlock new cosmetics can extend the play time.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Infrequent Mild Violence and Mild Language. Mild violence includes a character crashing into a drone and being catapulted from his hydrojet. No blood or injuries are depicted. Mild language is infrequent but does include the words ‘crap’ and ‘screw’.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Mild Violence, Mild Language, and Comic Mischief.
Rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The game is fairly fast-paced, and quick reactions are essential to getting the highest score. When playing with other people, players should be able to cope with losing to more highly skilled players.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Riptide GP: Renegade usually costs £2.99 to £9.99.

Riptide GP: Renegade

XBox Store Xbox One £8.39
PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99
Steam Store PC £7.19
Switch Store Switch £9.99
App Store iOS £2.99
XBox Store Xbox X|S Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/02/2011, updated in 2017

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Apple TV, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (8 online)

Genres: Race, Sports (Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Vector Unit (@VectorUnit)

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