Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 4/5 Balls
Gotta say, the first screen shot of Mad Skills Motocross didn’t fill me with much confidence. Plain old dirt bike game. Dull.
Don’t make my mistake. Play this game. You will love it to death. (Literally.)
Mad Skills Motocross is, in retrospect, as silly as its name implies. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a real, CHALLENGING race game under the facade, but for the most part this is a title designed to get you laughing. You’re given a racer and tossed onto a dirt bike, pitted against either another racer or a set of criteria. Each race is different in this fashion, and thanks to the game’s editor you can make as many of these levels as you want.
Mad Skills Motocross is all side-scrolling. There isn’t the slightest hint of three dimensions in the game beyond a cartoony background, and even that won’t be enough to trick your eye. Honestly, though, the basic visuals don’t detract from the game at all, as you know exactly what you’re looking at: a guy on a bike. A fairly unstable bike, at that, one that’s probably going to flip over at any moment, and does thanks to the game’s crazy ragdoll physics engine.
It’s this engine that makes the game fun. Your bike is constantly threatening to tip over and cream your guy (especially with all the bumps in the road), and using the arrow keys you need to make sure your bike doesn’t travel too far over each jump and smear your rider’s face with dirt. He WILL go off, however, and therein lies the hilarity, as he’ll fly in all directions and land with some horrible crunching noises as accompaniment. The ragdoll physics will ensure he lands as painfully as possible, to boot, which is great given that he’ll just get up seconds later and keep on riding.
There’s other stuff beyond the sheer racing with the arrow keys, of course (which I must say I appreciate – you CAN, if you wish, play this game with one hand alone). You also get several gadgets attached to your bike to give it more spring, like, say, little explosive boosts that propel it upwards. Generally speaking, though, this game is only going to appeal to a) those who like to race dirt bikes or b) those who enjoy fictional pain.
I’m not sure how much lasting appeal Mad Skills Motorcross holds, but I happily played with it for an hour without getting bored. The price is a bit steep, but fans of good old fashioned bone-crushing fun will probably get a kick out of this one. Don’t expect a great deal of innovation over old formulas, however, as Mad Skills Motorcross simply refines ragdoll physics to new heights of hilarity.
You should buy this game if:
- You like racing
- You like horrible crashes
- You laugh at pained grunts
You should not buy this game if:
- You’re looking for depth
- You’re looking for plot
- You’re looking for a long-lasting, immersive experience
Turborilla created Mad Skills Motocross.