Product Review: (3 FREE) Smart Phone Off Road Motorcycle Games
Usually the word ‘extreme’ gives me instantaneous acid reflux. Spelled phonetically it adds a case of hives. However, once I managed to get past the name of this game I was pretty impressed. Trial Xtreme has great graphics and pits a trials bike rider against jumps, ramps, rocks, logs, and concrete obstacles. There’s even a few teeter-totters to ride over. Although some of the obstacles defy gravity, the rider doesn’t – it’s easy to go over the bars or over backwards. Out of the three games this one was the trickiest to get the hang of and the most frustrating. The sound on this game is a little disappointing – it took me a while to recognize that the bike itself sounds just like the industrial toothbrush my Dental Hygienist uses for my semi-annual cleaning. After playing for a bit I began to feel guilty that I skipped my last dental appointment. Other than the ridiculous engine noise I did appreciate the chorus of ‘OH’s’ and ‘AH’s” that follow each crash – a bit of realism and just like riding with my friends. There are newer versions of this game available which I haven’t been bored enough to investigate. Maybe next time I get the flu. MOTO X MAYHEM This is easily my favorite game. Riders are challenged by three islands with multiple stages on each. Each stage has a varying degree of difficulty as you jump over hills, across ravines, and off cliffs. There are stone ruins and stairs to scramble over, caves to ride through, a suspension bridge, and even a school bus to ride on top of. Everything I want to ride but can’t because I don’t live in Machu Picchu. Probably the best feature of this game is how much body position affects the bike. Lean too far forward and the front end drops down. Lean too far back and you loop out. Find the sweet spot and you can get great traction on hill climbs, loft the front end off bumps, and wheelie across hilltops just like the real thing. While the graphics are much more simplistic than Trial Xtreme, both games share a bike that sounds like a dental tool rather than a motorcycle. But another nice touch of realism is the potential to rag doll when you crash – complete with crunching sounds, thuds, and the occasional ‘UH!’. As the saying goes nothing in life is free. Unless you get advertisers to foot the bill. While these games are free, there are advertisements to sit through. To me this is a small price to pay to be able to vicariously feed my riding addiction when life prevents me from experiencing the real thing.