Mad Skills BMX (universal) by Turborilla is a new extreme sports racing title from the makers of Mad Skills Motocross. This time, the engines are being replaced by pedals, with a brand-new physics engine for players to enjoy.
Like its predecessor, BMX consists of different ‘circuits’, containing increasingly difficult tracks for players to beat. In each race, players race alongside an AI opponent or friend’s ghost – more on that later – in 2D side-scrolling style, through bumpy dirt courses full of jumps and divots. The goal is to beat the computer, which unlocks the next track.
BMX comes with 40 tracks across four different circuits, and introduces a brand-new physics engine and control system. Instead of having on-screen buttons, players tap and hold the left side to pedal, while the right side of the screen is used for different swipe-and-hold actions that help players jump, land, and perform flips efficiently.
The best part about the game is the social connectivity – something I wouldn’t say about most games. The custom leaderboards Turborilla uses allow players to race against their Facebook friends’ record ghosts with a simple click. It’s actually a better option than having real-time multiplayer: players can race against their friends anytime of the day. In reality, the short levels and demanding designs don’t lend themselves well to extended online play, so this gameplay choice is a smart one.
Visually, the game is no slouch, either. Beautiful Retina backgrounds and smooth character animations are packed into each level, and the lack of a cluttered on-screen display allows players to enjoy the visual treats around them. Unfortunately, with only four circuits in the release version, they can get a little repetitive over time.
Fans of racing and extreme sport games alike have a lot to be excited about with Mad Skills BMX‘s wonderful physics system and quick levels, perfect for pick up and play sessions on the go. A must buy for biking fans, and gamers looking for some colorful, high-speed action on their iOS device.