Mad Skills BMX Review
- Intuitive swipe control scheme; tight physics make ensure everyone from beginner to expert are catered to.
- Secrets to unlock and plenty of skins to show off.
- FB integrated leaderboard and replay system; play against your friends or see how they got that high score.
- Swipe sensitivity occasionally feels too low; dramatic movements reduce the space of the screen you can play with (most noticeable on down swipes).
- Opponent AI inconsistent in challenge; makes for spiked difficulty while progressing.
With only a few competitive friends on your Facebook feed you're guaranteed a whole lot of fun from Mad Skills BMX; even without them you'll be hard pressed to beat the AI and unlock the game's secrets.
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One of the biggest hurdle to overcome when trying to create a competitive title such as Mad Skills BMX is in being able to make it approachable for casual players while still catering to the hardcore crowd. Turborilla's solution was an elegant one - focus on the flow of the controls and the feel of smoothly sailing through the air to nail that perfect landing, and newcomers or veterans alike will be hooked.
Virtual controls are history in Mad Skill BMX and players can choose to either control the tilt of their rider via accelerometer, or (my personal favorite) by swiping on the screen. This may sound like madness, but it really works - swipe up and you'll jump; swipe down and you'll plummet to the earth and ride moguls to pick up speed; swipe and hold back or forward and you'll flip. Combine them and well... you get the picture.
With 40 levels to conquer you'd think you'd be at it forever trying to unlock them all. Thankfully all you have to do is complete the race to move on - nothing more is asked of you. However an AI opponent who's difficulty spikes at times provides a tangible opponent to beat, getting you in to the swing of the game's larger meta-game - competitive riding.
Log in to Facebook and you'll be presented with a podium list of friends who have the best times on the current level. You can view their replays to see how they beat you or better still, load up their ghost and beat their best time. Don't worry, they'll get the message via notifications if you beat them.
Although Game Center achievements are not currently available in the game, they will be included in an upcoming update. Instead of cheesy goals, players will be asked to beat crazy times on each level - should you complete them all something interesting may happen. Also, fans of the original Mad Skills Motocross may be happy to know that a tournament may also be in the works if the company is hassled enough.
Mad Skills BMX brings back the simple competitive joy of games like Motocross Maniacs and in our books that's almost the highest praise we can give it - definitely make it your next purchase if you love your racers and have a competitive streak; I guarantee you won't be up for air for a week.
DescriptionCLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE: MAD SKILLS BMX IS OUT!
Updated to make full use of the iPhone 5 screen.
The makers of the most addictive racing game ever made, Mad Skills Motocross, have done it again. Apologize now to your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband for all the time you’re about to spend on the best BMX racing arcade game of all time.
RACE 40 CHALLENGING TRACKS AND MORE TO COME!
Beating Mad Skills BMX is no easy feat. To do so, you’ll need to be on your game through 40 rad levels in four different classes: Novice, Intermediate, Expert and Pro. Pedal, pump and flip your way through insane tracks as you find new lines to shave off precious seconds and improve your times. The more you play, the faster you get.
UNBELIEVABLE PHYSICS AND INNOVATIVE NEW CONTROLS!
Based on real BMX racing, the physics of Mad Skills BMX will blow your mind. Realism and arcade action combine for a completely unique experience. And innovative swipe controls make the game easy to control for beginners but a challenge to master for high-level gamers. You’ve never played a game like this before.
COMPETE AGAINST YOUR FRIENDS!
Connect to Facebook to race against your friends’ best times on every track, to watch replays of their times, and to fight your way up the leaderboards. And we’ll be adding more ways to connect with friends soon! Social gaming has never been so fun.
CHANGE YOUR CHARACTER!
Choose to race with a number of included characters, from the realistic to the fantastic. And if you’re one of the best in the world, you’ll earn an exclusive skin that even money can’t buy.
MUSIC BY STRUNG OUT!
Rock out to an awesome soundtrack by legendary punk band Strung Out, or race to your own music.
* Interactive tutorial to learn how to shred.
* TONS OF UPDATES TO COME, including new track packs and rider skins (both free and IAP), Game Center achievements, more ways to connect with friends for social play, and much more. We update like crazy!
* Universal application: Buy it once and play it on all of your compatible iOS devices
* Beautiful retina-optimized graphics for an amazing gameplay experience.
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Don’t miss Mad Skills Motocross, perhaps the most addictive game ever made for iOS!
What's New in Version 1.4.0* Reverted back to old tutorial since a lot of beginners had trouble getting past some of the obstacles
* Minor bug fixes