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.

Go THAT way ... not as if you have a lot of choice

10 word review: Full featured and enjoyable, often very tricky. Great level editor.

It's not just about ramps and jumps. Many tracks involve loops, rolling backwards and crashing. A lot of crashing

You will like this if you enjoy: Motorcycle trials games.

Some objects can be moved (think dominoes and see-saws) which adds another layer of complexity to the challenges

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 old fashioned looking fuel pumps are checkpoints

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.

Creating a simple jump over barrels (like this) takes seconds. Time isn't the issue for user created tracks, imagination and testing are.

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
iTunes link

Mountain Sheep / Bike Baron website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0)
iPad (OS 5.0)


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