MotoHeroz Hands-On Preview

MotoHeroz is a gorgeous new stunt vehicle game from Redlynx, the makers of the highly acclaimed Drawrace series. If the title sounds familiar, that’s probably because you heard about it when it came out last year for Wiiware. But this is no straight port– it’s been heavily redesigned for iOS. MotoHeroz is coming out next week on March 15, but we got our hands on it early. Read on for our impressions.

MotoHeroz comes with 30 sidescrolling levels and six off-road vehicles. The settings of the levels vary widely, from the desert and a frozen tundra to a silhouetted extra terrestrial world– but all of them are tricked out with ramps and loops and bridges and jumps that you’ll have to navigate with precision to beat the levels in the required time. The space level even has teleporters that warp you from one section of track to another. Across the board, the graphics are cartoonish and eye-catching.

To control your cars, you have buttons to accelerate, brake, and tilt left or right. The goal of most levels is to reach the end as fast as possible, but we played one level that requires you to launch off a daredevil-style ramp and stay airborne for as long as you can. Another level is a vertical climb that’s full of jetpack power-ups. As you can probably tell, the game is charmingly free of the bounds of reality.

But that’s not to say it’s easy. You can earn up to three stars on each level, and in our time with the game we never managed to nab more than a single star. If that reminds you of the Trials series, there’s a reason for that: developer Redlynx is also responsible for Trials HD and Trials Evolution.

Obviously, as you play you’ll become better at controlling your vehicles, plus you’ll pump up their stats. In each level you earn coins that you can spend to upgrade your vehicles’ acceleration, top speed, and item boost. Or, if you’re feeling impatient and wealthy, you can buy your way to a fully upgraded car through in-app purchase.

We only spent about 20 minutes with MotoHeroz, but we can tell it’s one to watch. MotoHeroz and MotoHeroz HD will be available on March 15 for $0.99 and $2.99 respectively.

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