Moto X Mayhem Review

Moto X Mayhem Review

Oct 7, 2011

If the sound of a revved-up motorcycle engine and the thrill of daring stunts is what you crave, prepare for excitement! Moto X Mayhem presents a pulse-quickening dirt bike ride on the wild side as you attempt to climb craggy cliffs and blindly descend from dizzying heights without breaking your neck.

Now, I should point out that the gameplay in Moto X Mayhem is nothing new. Basically, you’re riding a dirt bike as fast as you can over a series of tough, natural obstacles, attempting to set a record time without crashing. You control not only the speed of your bike but its rotation as you tilt back and forth in an effort to do everything from get more air, more distance, or land on uneven terrain without crashing. Again, it’s very similar to a lot of Flash-based browser games, but in the convenience of an app for your phone and with a few nice features thrown in to make it more fun.

As you progress through the game, running through each level, you’ll find them broken up into several smaller sections which present you with a wide variety of challenges. Some sections feature a mostly uphill climb, even going completely vertical at some points. Others will have you diving off cliffs, hoping you land properly without crashing into a pit or landing on a steep incline and being thrown off the bike. Each section is just a little more difficult than the last, giving you a challenge you might not be able to meet, even on the easiest of levels. Even so, the game is a lot of fun.

The ragdoll physics are great, and it’s pretty funny to see your character tumble, roll, slide and crumple into a pile after a bad wreck. It’s a good thing that the crashes are fun to watch, because you’ll be doing it fairly often.

One of the great things about Moto X Mayhem is that the developers had the foresight to feature more than one control scheme, giving you the option of either using the default “tilt” controls or switching to the touch-based “analog” and “digital” controls which might be more comfortable. However, I did find that even the touch controls were somewhat unresponsive, at times.

While Moto X Mayhem is a lot of fun and the challenge level is such that you’ll probably be stuck on the same section for a while, it is somewhat of a short game. You could probably beat this game in a few hours, depending on your dedication. Thankfully, there’s “practice” mode, which allows you to play any section of any level as often as you like. Therefore, even after you’ve finished the main game, you can still go back and try your favorite sections again without going through the whole game.

If you’ve been looking for an action-packed game with fun physics and skill-challenging courses to race through, Moto X Mayhem is going to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Lane Splitter Review

Lane Splitter Review

Sep 21, 2011

Speed kills, which is a painful lesson you’re about to learn. Lane Splitter is all about the high speed thrills of riding a motorcycle through heavy traffic with reckless abandon.

In this arcade racer, you get to choose between 2 different bikers of varying style (6 bikers total if you choose to purchase the upgrade pack). Completely different in appearance and choice of machine, the one thing they each have in common is a love of speed and a ruthless distaste for the law. At the start of each game, you take off on your bike and begin picking up speed. With the throttle wide open, your bike only goes faster, increasing the difficulty once the highway begins to fill with other vehicles. The goal is to go as long as possible while passing cars for extra points.

Steering is handled through tilt controls while stunts are performed by touching the screen. Each character performs a different stunt; some even have more than one. For example, one character can pop-wheelies, gaining a huge speed boost but losing all stability and easily crashing. Another character goes full-throttle when you perform his stunt. The danger here, however, is that he loses a lot of maneuverability, reduced to making slow, shallow turns. With reduced maneuverability comes the chance of riding head first into the back of a vehicle as you fail to turn in time. Of course, the increasing bonus for passing multiple cars in a row makes the risk worth the danger.

Smacking into cars is instantly fatal, as is going off the road. Skirting along the side is ill-advised as well, as it increases the potential for hitting a nail and becoming road pizza. Crashing results in a spectacular show as your character rag dolls along the ground. It’s painful to watch! Eventually, you come along traffic so congested that the only way to ride is straight down the dotted line between two or more cars at once. This is where the game gets its name, Lane Splitter. The longer you ride, the faster you go and the harder the game becomes.

Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of the tilt controls. I appreciate the difficulty, as touch controls might have made the game too easy, but I’ve noticed they tend to lock-up. After restarting my phone and making sure nothing was wrong, it happened again, making it impossible to steer. Again, touch controls might have made the game too easy, but they would have been a welcome addition.

Lane Splitter has some terrific visuals with environments that change daily, and the recordings of real motorcycles sound great. The extra characters bring even more fun to the game through their look, design and gameplay.

Aside from my woes with the tilt controls, I found Lane Splitter to be extremely addictive. Once you get going, you don’t want to stop. After each crash, you just want to get right back on your bike and go again. Lane Splitter is one game you’ll definitely want to take on the road with you.