BMX Master Game

BMX Master – Two-wheeled action of the stunt-performing kind in a basic but playable BMX title

Vicarious Success

Having always been more of a skateboarding fan myself, when it comes to being on two wheels in the flash-based world, I feel at a bit of a loss. The number of hours I spent on many of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skateboarding games probably could have been spent actually leaving the house and learning how to skateboard, but this would have required the following: effort, some friends to practice with, and more importantly, me not being overweight for my age, height, and species (it’s ok, my BMI is acceptable these days). Since I remained a fan of high flavour, high-carbohydrate foods, I never learned to skateboard, and never got the chance to get on the BMX bandwagon. Naturally, I’m going to take my success in BMX Master, a nifty little title of two-wheeled tricks and harsh landings – to mean real-life success and biking mastery without ever setting my foot on a pedal. It’s what parents do with their children, so why can’t you just let me have this one?

Tyred Out

BMX Master is an uncomplicated affair from the very beginning: there isn’t a storyline to bother yourself with, you simply choose between time attack or championship mode and get stuck right in to the riding fun. Regardless of mode, you control the bike’s momentum with the up and down directional arrows, and control your mid-air balance with the left and right keys to tilt you in either direction - very simple compared to some of the more complex BMX games out there such as BMX The Game . The number keys 1-7 allow you to perform various tricks in mid-air, and you can also perform front and back flips manually; all tricks earn you certain numbers of points depending on the complexity of your combinations. The enter button is used to change your direction, though annoying it only seems to work once, flipping you around to face the left and seeming to ignore you if you attempt to turn back to face the right way. This is a minor flaw, but it feels extremely clumsy of the developers to allow this to make its way in to the final version of the game.

Level Headed

Championship mode consists of a series of levels, each of which requiring you to score a minimum number of points before you progress to the next. Time Attack mode is pretty much a repeat of Championship Mode, only you must earn as many points as possible during the time limit of each level in order to beat the minimum score required for you to move on to the next one. It is a shame there's no mode that lets you choose or at least earn your way to a better bike; I would love to hop onto a Mongoose BMX and ride, for example.

Gameplay

There’s no hiding it, the gameplay in BMX master is outrageously simple. You won't be performing the kind of tricks and moves you'll often see at the Red Bull BMX events, let's put it that way. The levels consist mainly of a series of ramps placed one after the other, with very little imagination seeming to have been poured in to the design of each stage. Even performing the tricks is outrageously simply and only requires the pushing of the appropriate key and enough air time to perform the move without stuffing it up entirely, also known as ‘Crushing’. Should you ‘Crush’, then you must start again with zero points; wildly frustrating, I know, but the challenge has to come from somewhere, I guess.

The best I can say about this game is that the title doesn’t lie about the BMX part; you definitely get to ride one, but the "master" part may be overstating things. There are too many minor flaws in the game for it to be taken too seriously: spelling mistakes (level “comleted”) and the glitch that doesn’t allow you to return to facing front after switching stances once is unbelievable annoying. This one is good for some very light fun only; it’s just not got the wheels for anything more. Ah terrible puns; how I have missed you for the entire review.

60/100