Mar 3, 2014
Motocross Meltdown looks great, but does it back those graphics up?
While Motocross Meltdown might look like a racing game it is more akin to Guitar Hero, if Guitar Hero was played with one string. While your racer careens around the track hitting jumps and kicking up dirt, the player is relegated to tapping the screen at the right time. Tapping the screen when a circle is in the right place makes the rider take turns more quickly. Tricks are just as simple. Simply tapping and holding when the circle is in the right spot does the trick. Tapping perfectly is usually not required to win races however, as long as the bike is upgraded decently. This rhythm gameplay is all that is featured in Motocross Meltdown. There is no real racing gameplay, so it certainly won’t scratch a racing itch.
Motocross Meltdown has a strong focus on upgrading your bike. Thankfully, all upgrades can be bought with in game cash earned from racing and there are no nasty paywalls. The game is fairly generous with in game cash, and while it has timers they are not too long. Your rider can also be customized with different outfits that add a small amount of additional cash to race winnings though sponsors.
Motocross Meltdown looks good. The graphics are sharp and very detailed. Animation is top notch and details like wheels deforming in corners and the rider shifting his weight during jumps really add some style. Bikes look impressive too and look dirty and scratched like dirt bikes should. The sound is good as well, with grunty engines and some pumping rock music which suits the gameâ€™s style.
There are two energy meters which refill very, very slowly, restricting play. Gas for single player games and Energy for online play. Both refill at the rate of one every ten minutes. The average race is about 30 seconds, so there is lots and lots of waiting. Online energy is more insidious as there is an option of spending the normal one energy per race or spending two to get boosted stats for that race. This is a very poorly thought out mechanic as it simply leads to fewer races before running out of energy.
Motocross Meltdown really wears its pay to win trappings on its sleeve. Besides the common shortcuts of buying good parts directly, good bikes can be bought with gold and boosts can be bought before a race to temporarily improve your bikeâ€™s stats. Of course it’s unknown if the other player is using theses boosts so there is always an incentive to spend money.
Motocross Meltdown features tons of ads. There are a lot of ad popups both before and after races.
Motocross Meltdown is little more than an interactive movie with the barest vestiges of gameplay, I did not find it very entertaining. Try Off-road Legends instead.