Aug 31, 2012
Thanks to Trials on the Xbox 360, the trial racer has become extremely popular. With the goal of trying to race through a course and reach the end very quickly, while sometimes collecting stars or other doodads as a secondary goal, this game has been oft-imitated.
Because Trials developer RedLynx still won't bring Trials or one of its sequels to mobile, and because even their mobile trial racers like MotoHeroz have bypassed Android, games like Trial Xtreme 2 from Deemedya have been popular. I like trial racers, so I was curious to see why Trial Xtreme 2 seemed to be doing so well in the charts.
I'm still not really sure.
Trial Xtreme 2 puts players on a motorbike, going through hazardous courses that look like they were stolen from a construction site and then hastily put together. Basically, the goal is simple: get to the end without falling off. Or bumping the rider's head. Or having any part of him even gently touch anything, as it means instant failure.
Trial Xtreme 2 does not mess around, as even the first level will challenge players to not screw up. There is no learning curve, just difficult levels from the word go. This is not a game for those entering the genre, this is for experts wanting to be tested.
But oh is this game trying. The controls are exceptionally difficult to deal with. It seems as if the buttons are effective only in their specific touch areas, and nowhere outside of them, which makes it doubly difficult to play this game. This game is hard enough without having to fight the controls as well. It's not optimized for 7" tablets either, as the buttons are quite tiny. In fact, it feels like the game would be a lot more fun if it were more forgiving, or at least gave the player some time to feel like they've been succeeding, instead of being frustrated at the start. I don't feel compelled to play much more when I repeatedly fail because I just slightly bumped my head; I want to rage quit, which I did many times.
So, Trial Xtreme 2 is only for one class of gamer: the masochistic. Those who like their games to feel like pulling teeth? Buy this! Otherwise, there are other trial racers out there on the many gaming platforms out there. Play them for that taste of the genre, then try this if they’re not enough. There’s also a free Winter edition of the game that’s worth trying out for those still intrigued.