Booooorn to be wiiiiiiiiild!
Let’s face it – you’re a rebel. You bow to no man, and the feel of a powerful engine roaring and thrumming between your legs makes you long to get out your hog and head for the hills, responsibility be damned. You are a wild card–and you’d really love to get your motor running and head out on the highway, but you kind of have to work today and you have that thing at the office tonight, and – oh, yeah, you don’t have a motorcycle. Never fear, my friends. You can get your motorbike thrills right from the safety of your desk (and if you angle your monitor just right, no one will need to know you aren’t filling out expense reports – you rebel, you.)
Trial Xtreme 2 Winter Edition takes the mobile game of the same name and drops it onto the big screen (well, depending upon the size of your monitor and your definition of “big”). The game is essentially unchanged from its mobile version, but gives you the opportunity to play in a different way, particularly useful to those gamers who do not own a smartphone. The basic idea is that you are riding your Harley out in the wilderness….nah. You’re a guy on a motorcycle, and you have to get through some hella difficult tracks to reach the scantily clad Barbie doll at the finish line. If that sentence turns you off, then this isn’t the game for you. But if that sounds pretty cool, read on my friend.
The controls in Trial Xtreme 2 Winter Edition are very simple. Almost too simple, in that you really don’t have a whole lot of control. Your bike moves in a straight line at a pretty consistent speed. You cannot make turns or go off the track. You control the tilt of the biker using the left and right arrow buttons. The up arrow accelerates, and the down arrow brakes. The space bar makes your bike jump – that’s really all there is to it. You need to make it through trick tracks, all set in a wintery theme (hence the name), in order to unlock more levels.
The levels themselves consist of all sorts of obstacles, from crazy loops and jumps to well, bombs. Your little biker doesn’t stand a chance, and the sight of his poor, broken body lying twisted on the track will soon become a familiar one. Trial Xtreme 2 Winter is not a game where you just ride along and do your best. If your biker bumps the top of the track with his head – you die. Falls off the track – you die. Hits one of those bombs – well, you get the picture. What you are going for in this game is the perfect run. You really have to time everything just right to make it through the track. And speaking of timing – you are timed as well. This gives gamers who really like a challenge more replay value as they go for their personal best.
Trial Xtreme 2 Winter Edition isn’t really all that much to look at, if you are comparing it to something you’d see on your console. But for a $5 App Store download, it gives 30 levels of insane motorcycle action for adrenaline junkies to get their fix when they’re chained to a desk. You can definitely tell that this was a mobile app first, and that makes you wish for a bit more to your play, and the ability to control the action a lot more. Still, Trial Xtreme 2 Winter Edition can be a fun diversion at a low price. I recommend it to gamers who just want to hear the roar of the engine without too many extras.