Trials Frontier Review
- Good translation of the console experience
- Tight controls
- Looks good, with lots of different tracks to test your skills
- Lots of repeating levels
- Occasionally cool down timers will have you waiting
- Controls have a little less finesse than on other systems
Trials Frontier is a surprisingly decent translation of the console series, successfully miniaturising the franchise’s precision gameplay for touchscreen, while keeping the free-to-play restrictions within tolerance levels.
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Trials Frontier wastes no time getting you into the action. There’s no title screen as you load the app - instead, the game begins with an onscreen prompt showing you how to start your engine. Before we'd even seen the title card, we were scudding along the 2.5D path towards an explosive finale.
The game's first three tracks lay out all the controls. Your right thumb controls acceleration, while your left thumb manipulates your rider’s center of gravity, letting you jump a flip the digital daredevil around obstacles.
Veterans of Trials on the PC and Xbox will feel right at home with the touchscreen controls. The major downside is the replacement of analogue subtleties with binary buttons, meaning you can no longer ease off on the gas on trickier slopes. Luckily, developer RedLynx know exactly how its game is meant to feel, and has designed tracks that compliment these new inputs.
Rather than being a purely stage-based stunt-bike racer, Frontier actually features a story. You crash your bike while exploring, and awaken in a steampunk inspired Wild West. With your bike destroyed, you have to borrow one from the people of the town. To repay their kindness, you set about undertaking missions for them. This adds some structure, while also providing an excuse to reuse many of the short tracks.
The story also provides the framework for Frontier’s free-to-play elements. You can earn gems and money from the townsfolk, allowing you to upgrade your rickety new ride, or obtain more fuel to provide the energy required to race. Naturally, each of these commodities can be bought through in-app purchases. However, we only encountered a few occasions when cool down timers dramatically interrupted play. While some will protest the very notion of a free-to-play version of Trials, we have seen far more restrictive implimentations of the freemium model than what we found here.
From a purely physical perspective, Trials Frontier is a brilliant translation of the Trials series for mobile. The controls system does a great job of capturing the feel of the series, and a free-to-play system will only interrupt players who wish to play for extended without dropping a cent. As a result, there is nothing to stop everyone giving it a go.
Description40 MILLION players can’t be wrong! Download Trials Frontier now and experience the ultimate skill-based racing game on your smartphone and tablet!
Explore a vast world on your motorcycle. Compete against your friends on global leaderboards. Master physics-based tracks and challenge the world's top riders for the best times. Race your motorcycle through a world of adventure, crazy characters, and unfairly addictive tracks!
Ride, explore, upgrade, and compete. Accept no substitutes!
Built from the ground up for touch-based controls, Trials Frontier combines the amazing, physics-based gameplay of Trials with a big, bold world of adventure.
“Looking like the real deal.” - Pocket Gamer
With Trials Frontier, award-winning developer RedLynx brings its best-selling and critically-acclaimed Trials series to mobile for the first time.
You want features? We got mad features:
- Master challenging physics-based gameplay that just feels right. Trials Frontier controls and physics are unrivaled!
- A huge world with more than 50 hours of story driven gameplay in 10 gorgeous environments.
- Complete and ride through more than 250 challenging missions on more than 200 unique tracks!
- 13 different bikes, each with their own unique tuning paths.
- Perfected ghost racing. Race any ghost on the leaderboards of any track!
- Addictive PvP system with Ranked Seasons and insane rewards!
This game can be downloaded over the air, no Wi-Fi needed to play!
Disclaimer : PLEASE NOTE! Trials Frontier is completely free to play, however some game items can be purchased for real money. You can disable the ability to make in-app purchase in your device settings at any time.
Game available in: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, , Simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese.
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