Developer: Turborilla
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

I have the patience of…well, what’s something that’s very impatient? That’s me. I do love a motocross game though which is just asking for trouble really. I’ve spent countless hours with Trials HD desperately trying to perfect everything. I was terrible at it but it didn’t stop me persevering.

Mad Skills Motocross brings me this compelling yet ‘aargh I want to throw my controller out the window’ feeling. It’s conflicting but I still found myself going back to it and determined to succeed. Offering 52 tracks and both career and time attack modes, there’s a lot to lose yourself in. The career mode offers 4 different divisions, in turn offering increasingly harder challenges. The time attack mode is for the purist determined to reduce their best time by a second or two at a time. Via OpenFeint you can send challenges to friends, giving you all the more reason to play and compete.

None of this would be any good if it wasn’t that the physics engine works so well. Translating to the iOS device screen you have one finger to accelerate while the other controls the angle in which you hit the hills and also the likes of nitro and jump boost moves. Completing tricks such as backflips and wheelies takes a bit of practice but it’s very achievable. It’s also immensely satisfying. Taking a hill at just the right angle thus not flying through the air for too long is just what you need to do in order to get the best times and nothing beats the feeling of annihilating your previous best time. Even more so when you can wipe out your friends’ best times.

The fact that Mad Skills Motocross offers so much content would make you think it’s going to be relatively expensive for a game. It’s not. Instead it’s $1.99 which is an utter bargain. It’s a huge amount of fun for the price and you’ll find yourself easily spending hours trying to shave off a few precious milliseconds from your previous best time.

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