What’s in Mike’s Pocket? Bike Baron!

by Mike

Motorcycle - check. Ramps - check. Crazy jumps - check. Playable weird pig creature - check.

I’m a big fan of Trials HD on XBLA.  Trials HD is a game about a guy on a motorcycle who has to navigate increasingly difficult obstacle courses.  The gameplay is strictly 2D, so it feels a lot like Excitebike and Mario had a really fun baby.

I also play a lot of games on my iPhone.  So naturally I’ve wanted to combine these two things for quite a while. I’ve tried a few motorcycle/bike games on the iPhone in the past, but most of them had some sort of imprecise tilt controls or bad physics.  I’m happy to report Bike Baron has neither.  The controls are four very simple on-screen buttons: gas, brake, tilt left, and tilt right.

Like a lot of other iOS games, there are various degrees of success on each level.  You can simply ride your bike through the level, crashing the whole way and generally stinking up the place.  Or, you can put some fucking pants on and go for the challenges.  These include things like finishing the level in a set amount of time, collecting all the coins, or completing the course without crashing.  You don’t have to complete all the challenges in a single run – that would be insane.

The word around the interweb is that this game gets really hard.  So far I’m only on the medium levels, but it feels on par with the difficulty of Trials HD.

Oh – and I almost forgot to mention the level editor.  Personally, I don’t have the patience to create levels in most games.  But a lot of other people do, so even someone as lazy as me can benefit from downloading their creations and extending the life of the game.

Bike Baron is a universal app, meaning it fully supports both the iPhone and iPad.  It’s currently selling for $0.99 in the iTunes App Store, and it’s well worth it.  Go get it!

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