With the X-Games upon us, gamers are looking for something to whet their virtual appetites for backflips and dirt-splattered vehicle stutnt. Developed by Polarbit AB, Red Bull X-Fighters 2012 is here to fill that void on your iDevice, with their yearly iteration of the traveling motocross circuit.
Red Bull X-Fighters 2012 is what players would expect from a flashy motocross game: performing stunts and surprising the audience with safe landings to gain more points and fans is the name of the game. Throughout the game’s career mode that moves to the different real-life locations of the Red Bull tour, players use points to unlock new equipment and upgrades, climbing the charts and becoming the most popular driver in the world.
Along with the game’s four different play modes, it has a great feature where players can get current updates on the real-life tour, keeping track of their favorite racers, and the big winners and losers from recent events. It’s also got a lot of Facebook integration, allowing players to share their times socially – and even the great ability to send Facebook friends in-game requests.
As for the controls, they’re more natural than some might expect, putting an emphasis on tricks and simplicity. By drawing certain recognizable shapes on the screen learned in-game from the Trikipedia, various stunning tricks can be performed, filling up the screen with dynamic camera angles to show off the complicated mid-air manuevers.
The gameplay itself is quiet smooth however if one draws shapes on the screen really fast some shapes might not get recognized as stunts. I also enjoyed the game’s catchy soundtrack, and the audio of the cheering crowd creates a nice atmosphere to play in. More importantly, the frame rate is solid, so players can enjoy the high-res visuals without any stutters or hiccups.
At the end of the day, Red Bull X-Fighters 2012 is a game that will not only appeal to hardcore fans of motocross and motocross games, but also the casual gamer who’s looking for something a little more extreme on their iDevice, thanks to its accessible and addicting gameplay.