APP NAME: Bike Baron
PUBLISHER(S): Mountain Sheep
GENRE(S): Racing, Action
RELEASE DATE(S): October 20th, 2011
The motocross stunt run style game has been done a number of times, all based upon the original Trails game. Bike Baron is the newest addition where you’re given a 2D course to drive through with jumps, loops, and explosives to deal with along the way. Bike Baron is from the developers of Minigore and Aqua Globs, with a brilliant design style reminiscent of Minigore and Death Rally. The game is all about controlling the speed and pitch of your motorbike that is piloted by a red baron style character.
The game is oozing with polish, but the gameplay isn’t ground breaking for the motocross stunt genre. If you’ve played this style before, then you’ll be familiar with Bike Baron, but that doesn’t mean the fun is lacking. Bike Baron features fast paced action as you need to jam the gas and brake buttons respectively while switching the weight between the front and back wheel to maintain your balance. You need to have fast reactions to get through a course unscathed, but you will likely need to restart multiple times.
Bike Baron is definitely on the difficult side, but luckily there are checkpoints along the way, and you can restart your run in literally in an instant. You will be restarting often with as many crashes that you will likely have, but the game keeps you connected with the quick restart. Frustration definitely builds as you go, especially if you try to complete every objective in a particular level. The game features 40 levels, and three challenges per, with multiple worlds and four different difficulty levels. As you advance your motorbike will be flipping every which way, and you’ll be crashing more often than not.
Bike Baron ($0.99, Universal) does get to the point where it feels repetitive as you play the same track multiple times trying to get the perfect run with no crashes. You end up knowing exactly how the course is laid out, and then it’s just a matter of performing it correctly. If you just try to beat each level, it’s not as frustrating, and you get to enjoy the beautiful graphics along the way. You do end up crashing a lot, but there’s a great ragdoll physics engine to let you enjoy the crash of the baron. The game also includes a deluxe level editor to create and share you own tracks, as well as play others’ levels.
Bike Baron is exceptionally well designed from game engine to visuals, and there’s a lot to like. The game balances fun and frustration relatively well, though it leans more towards frustrations on a majority of the levels. Bike Baron is worth picking up for the price that is challenging throughout, and offers just enough reward to keep you coming back.