Bike Baron review (iOS / Universal)October 22, 2011
♫ “Evel Knievel jumps over Caeser’s Palace, yeah
Evel Knievel breaks all the bones in his body”
10 word description: Motorbike trials; obstacles and challenges. Over 40 tracks. Level editor.
10 word review: Full featured and enjoyable, often very tricky. Great level editor.
You will like this if you enjoy: Motorcycle trials games.
The good news: Good performance (iPad and 4th gen Touch tested). Clear and rather pretty graphics. Loads of tracks. Ability to choose any track to unlock (assuming you have earned enough stars) goes a long way to avoiding the frustration of some of the trickier courses. Level editor is simple to use and a lot of fun to mess around with. Controls work well, although there’s no tilt option (yet).
The bad news: Because of what the game is, the tracks are quite tricky and I found I needed to retry some of them a lot before gaining all 3 stars (even the “easy” tracks). This isn’t because there’s anything wrong with the game, but those seeking a more casual experience may find this a bit daunting at times.
Arcadelife verdict: Good fun, definitely. I like the fact that the rider looks like something out of Monty Python, the bike is a bit of an old nail, and there’s a cat sitting on the back of it for no apparent reason. Although I ended up retrying one of the easy tracks about 100 times (there’s no iCloud sync so I had to do it on both devices) it didn’t really feel frustrating, mostly due to generous checkpoint positioning and some amusing crash sequences. Note – I kept retrying in order to get the 3 star rating, you don’t need to complete a course to move on, providing you have enough stars already.
It’s a very polished game with loads of tracks and a well conceived method of unlocking them which allows you to start playing very hard tracks as soon as you fancy trying them. The level editor is easy to use and there are already some half decent efforts appearing, listed on the official website.
Arcadelife rating: 92/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.01
Mountain Sheep / Bike Baron website link