Version Reviewed: 1.4.0
App Reviewed on: Retina iPad Mini
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Extreme Bike Trip is the Tiny Wings of motocross racing, with players traversing across a variety of hazardous landscapes while perfectly timing their plummets towards the dirt in order to get as far as possible. It differs in that they must also tilt the bike forwards and backwards to keep the rider steady and sustain his momentum. And sure, they can attempt a flip or two just make sure that our thrill-seeking hero is back on two wheels — and not his dome — when he touches down.
There are gas canisters scattered throughout the course that players must reach to top up their fuel gauge. If they run out of gas, or the biker lands in a precarious position, it's Game Over. Time it correctly and the boost function is a great help in ensuring he makes it to the next supply, since it requires no addition fuel. While the Solo Bike Trip is certainly addictive, multiplayer is where the real action is. The multiplayer mode consists of turn-based play against either random opponents or Game Center friends. While setting a distance for an opponent to beat might not be that fun, racing against their ghost after they have done the same definitely is. This just emphasizes how fun a real-time, head-to-head multiplayer would be, so it's a shame that it's not included here.
Upgrading bikes and attributes can certainly provide players with an edge, if they can afford them of course. The bikes became increasingly attractive - and equally expensive - as I scrolled though the bike shop, to the point where it would likely mean an in-app purchase for anything decent (why must they taunt me with the Tron-esque 1982 bike?). Still, there are plenty of missions available for players to get sucked into, each of which will reward them with more stars to use in the shop as well as multiple free power-ups.
Extreme Bike Trip is simply a fun way to spend a few minutes, with the addictive multiplayer adding to the draw of a game that already has plenty of replay value. The randomized stages look great, each with their own little quirks and tweaks, and are just another reason to give Extreme Bike Trip a go.