When you hear the words 'racing game' the first thing that comes to your mind are cars.
However, there's a fairly decent demand for bike racing games too and there's plenty to be found on the mobile store. Unfortunately, most of them are just asset flips and offer the exact same type of stunt-based gameplay.
Moto X3M Bike Race takes the same blueprint followed by dozens of other games but tries to bring something new to the table.
The gameplay is extremely intense but not frustrating so as to kill the fun factor.
Moto X3M has creative maps which test your skills to the limit as you manage the physics of your vehicle and its rider and try to pull off the coolest flips at the same time.
The best part about Moto X3M Bike Race is that despite the need to manage all the balancing factors in the gameplay to make sure you don’t fall flat on your face and explode – it does not compromise on its speed.
It’s a very fast-paced game that wants you to jump level to level and the biggest evidence of that is the fact it does not even have a title screen. As soon as you start the game, it throws you straight into the first level and you have to figure out how to play on your own, which thankfully isn’t at all difficult.
Once you get started off, it’s pretty easy to get used to the controls, and from that point on the only obstacle you have is to figure out how a certain level is meant to be beaten.
The game loves to get creative and has some unique ideas such as letting you push around a tank made of wood and keeping it steady until an explosion knocks it up to your finishing checkpoint.
Sounds crazy? It is crazy. But thankfully, the game offers reasonable checkpoints throughout the levels so you won't have to start over completely at each failure.
Having several episodes with varied level design means there’s no repetition either, and it’s very enjoyable to find out different ways of bypassing the traps and pull-off cool stunts while you’re at it.
The graphics of Moto X3M Bike Race are nothing special. It’s no surprise that they’re simple because of the game’s Flash origins, and it’s great that it found a
new home due to how much content it has to offer.
The UI is almost non-existent since the game focuses on putting you into action, and the menus where you can select different vehicles and levels from seems disjointed and crowded.
The polish on the other hand is decent enough for the gameplay and I did not encounter any issues.
The music is catchy but like most Flash games it’s a bit over-repeated so you might want to make a playlist for yourself at some point.
The ads can be a bit frequent but thankfully the game lets you skip most of them before the entire thing plays out. They usually just play after you beat a full level or two at a time, which is not that bad because the levels aren’t that short in the game usually. You can also watch them on your own for in-game bonuses and things like skipping a level you can’t beat.
However, there’s an option to remove ads and it’s pretty reasonably priced as well, so there’s that.
Moto X3M Bike Race is one of the most fun mobile games in the physics-based racing genre and makes a tired formula appealing
again thanks to its creativity and hundreds of hours’ worth of content.
The game can use some work on the UI aspect of things and perhaps a bit of a graphical update, but a sequel that already has those things implemented wouldn’t be such a bad idea either.