Motorbike GP [rating: 2/5]
Back in August of 2010 we reviewed MotoGP 2010 the official racing app of MotoGP and loved it, now though there is a challenger to the crown in the form of Motorbike GP from XLab Technologies. So should MotoGP 2010 be looking over it’s shoulder or will it race off into the distance.
I had high-hopes when I started the game, from the loading screen of the logo on the tarmac to the menu screen which is reminiscent of the initial screen in the Real Racing games where you find your bike sitting in front of your garage the game looks smooth and professional.
This feeling didn’t last long though as the bare garage left little to the imagination. There are four menu items to choose from two of which are your bike and track selection while the other two are your options and a list of credits.
There are 12 bikes and 5 tracks play with and these are all accessed by credits earned on the track. Initially you’ll have just one bike and one track to work with but finishing high up the rankings will earn you credits for more powerful bikes and new tracks.
Getting out on the track for the first time and things didn’t get any better. The graphics have a somewhat retro feel to them and the bikes and riders seem a little too large for the environments. This is nothing though compared to the handling of the bike itself.
On the track the controls are simple enough to handle. The bottom right corner of the screen acts as your accelerator while the bottom left is your brake. Steering is controlled by the accelerometer while tilting the iPhone back to you with the bike at high speed will pull a wheelie.
While the controls are simple the handling is not. Speeding down the straight is not an issue but once you start to have to maneuver the corners this is where the trouble starts. Firstly the breaking is to sensitive and you’ll find yourself at a standstill with just a tap of the breaks, once you’ve mastered that however you’ll find the steering way too sensitive at times and then too giving at others.
Obviously there are large amounts of run off areas in Motorbike GP but the randomness of when running off the track will result in a crash and a ride along the tarmac on your backside is most frustrating.
If you like MotoGP racing games and you haven’t already got the official version then get that, then once you’ve played that and if you are a glutton for punishment then you can try Motorbike GP too!
- Another edition to the under exposed MotoGP racing genre
- Simple controls
- Old school un-appealing graphics
- Only 5 tracks
- Poor handling
$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Dec 17, 2010
1.01 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 16.7 MB
Seller: Balderton Overseas
© Xlab Technologies 2010
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later