Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini
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Fearless Wheels HD, created by Olympian BMX rider Arturs Matisons, takes players on tour to become a motocross superstar by participating in 5 tournaments with 50 tracks full of jumps, mud, bumps, and more. The game takes a side-scrolling approach to its racing, where the importance of timing is crucial as it can affect how well racers ride the track. There are multiple signs on each path, including a speed sign that indicates when players should press the forward button to get a burst of speed. If players press it too early or late, the bumps in the course will play against them. It’s important to hit every hill perfectly to keep up the speed and momentum. Otherwise, players will have a hard time finishing in first place, landing wrong and crashing into the front side of a hill.
The gameplay is easily done with stop and go buttons, and players will use arrow keys to keep the bike level. Those buttons also allow players to do tricks and earn bonus cash that can be spent on upgrades. There are three main upgrades that affect the gameplay, including stability, speed, and recovery time from wrecks. Those upgrades are easy to obtain and, once unlocked, there are no further upgrades. However, players can purchase multiple outfits with their coins to change the look of their biker.
Courses gradually become more difficult as players progress in each tournament. At first, they only deal with courses that are easily approachable, helping with the learning process of the gameplay. Only speed signs exist at the beginning, which encourages players to perfectly time their jumps. Eventually, they'll come across mud that forces them to hold down the arrow keys correctly to pass through without crashing. Then there are caution signs that indicate a slowdown in order to ride the course correctly, avoiding poor jumps that reduce the bike's speed and there fore progression.
Fearless Wheels HD is a lot of fun with its racing action and ability to pull off stunts, but it’s lacking in depth. While there are 50 courses, I wish there were more options for purchasing additional upgrades. I have a lot of cash left over and I don’t care to own every outfit. Also, I wish there were leaderboards for the best times. That would have provided a reason to replay many of the courses. There are some fun tracks but there isn’t anything that will bring players back for more. The game might also benefit from some type of scoring system for pulling off stunts on courses.
Bottom line, I like the game enough to wish wish it had a little bit more to it.