Jun 2, 2014
Trials Frontier is a fun motorbike trials game from Ubisoft.
The game graphics are well done. A lot of attention is paid to the racing backgrounds, with glossy objects and a great use of color. The gameplay is fairly structured, if a bit involved. The player takes on the persona of the hero rider, who, well, rides into our frontier town full of energy. This town is plagued by a character Butch, the town bully that looks, acts and talks like, well, the town bully. There is a lot of interaction with the townsfolk, all of whom seem to have it out for Butch, and to be fair, it’s easy to see why when the player interacts with Butch for the first time. In any case, the developer does an enviable job of framing the gameplay with the dialogue, and even incorporating a long-running tutorial.
After the first few toss-one-in -the-deep end races, the game really begins to take shape. At it heart, it’s all about trials and challenges. Eventually, the player acquires a really old bike, which can run, but can do better when upgraded with gear from the in-app store. Completing the challenges generally gives the payouts that make upgrades possible, so there is a bit of symbiosis going on. The challenges are mostly made up of stuff like a request to find something, or to do a trick like a front flip, or to race Butch, and it becomes quickly apparent that the starter bike doesn’t really have a chance of beating our baddie, and Butch crows about this fact incessantly.
The tracks escalate in difficulty as progress is made; what really sets it apart is the degree of realism. It takes a bit of doing to get good at traversing the ramp-laden raceways. levels can be re-done, and the engine is not too evil with regards to scoring. As hinted at earlier, success yields valuable payouts. The player can als level up, which is yet another element to enjoy, as are the leaderboards and cloud component.
All in all, it is a fun and infuriating game. I didn’t like te energy requirement, but it wasn’t too evil. The upgrade process is logical, but almost too thought out, but there are bigger complaints one could have. Suffice to say, the positives outweigh any perceived negatives.