There’s a whole lot more to Pumped BMX 3 than meets the eye. Your goal is to perform a wide array of sweet flips and tricks, but that’s easier said than done. It takes well practiced timing and coordination, and the game doesn’t really explain that to you right off the bat. Starting out you’ll probably be flipping face first into the dirt, limbs flailing with gruesome, yet colorful, ragdoll animation.
Once you do get a hang of things, though, the game is great fun and incredibly rewarding. Here are some beginner tips to help you get started.
Momentum is key
Momentum is pretty basic. Hold down Pump to propel yourself forward, let go to jump. It’s easy to forget this mechanic which is actually the foundation of the game. If you chunk a landing, it’s game over. But you also need to remember that if your bike loses momentum, you can’t get anywhere and you’ve forfeited the level. So focus on those fancy flips, but don’t sacrifice your speed for them. BMX is a fine balancing act.
If you want to maintain as much momentum as possible going into a flip, try letting go of Pump just before you leave the ramp.
Master the delicate art of the flip
Flipping is the first, basic trick you learn, but it does take some practice. There are a few things to remember going into a flip that will keep you from face-planting.
First, start tilting your phone for the flip before you leave the ground as you’re heading up the ramp. The animation will start once you leave the ground, but tilting ahead of time will also keep you from sailing uncontrollably head over wheels.
Once you’re in a flip, don’t forget to get out of it. It’s easy to get distracted by your bike sailing gracefully through the air like a beautiful, giant, two-wheeled bird. Be sure to tilt your screen back to level or else you’ll flip into oblivion, and by oblivion we mean the cold, hard ground. You might need to practice the timing a bit with this. You want to level your device quickly, but not too quickly or you’ll lose your balance or possibly go into a flip in the opposite direction.
Try to complete the level goals, but don’t obsess
Each level has a checklist of tricks you can perform for a higher rating. It’s fun to try and complete these challenges, plus it’s a great way to practice new moves. After a while, if you’re just not getting it and your patience is waning, why not go back to an earlier level or simply move forward? You’ll be more successful if you come back to the challenge with a fresh start.
Pumped BMX 3 is a blast once you get a feel for it. With a little time invested you’ll find that the game becomes much easier. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll make great progress.
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